Frills, ruffles, tiers, what have you, the romantic. free-flowing design is making waves in a big way for the summer season. From necklines to hemlines, here are five hot pieces for rocking the ruffled look. And yes–you can get frilly without looking like a wedding cake.
Number 1: The Tiered Bikini
A double-layer of ruffles gives an otherwise basic bathing suit a dose of sassy sweetness. A bonus for smaller-chested ladies is that ruffled bikini tops add volume, effectively boosting your bustline. From tankinis to ultra-tiny bikinis, no matter your swim style of choice, you’ll find ruffled options this summer!
Buyable: Similar–ZINKE Kristen Ruffled Bandeau Bikini @Revolve.
Number 2: The Twirly Skirt
A fluted, flared skirt with a subtly-scalloped hem is a super easy and low-key way to embrace frills. The addition of the ruffle makes a simple skirt flirty and feminine–perfect for date night. On a larger scale, I’m totally enamored with this ruffled maxi! Real-world wearability is probably pretty low, but the whole MK&A/Carrie Bradshaw vibe that this piece channels is off the charts.
Number 3: Ruffled Trim
Not sure if you’re feeling an all-out frill fest? Dainty ruffled trim may just be the solution. Micro frills, like the one on the blouse above, are an excellent accent that add a cute touch of trend without being overpowering. They’re also a really cute way to “girlify” more sporty or masculine pieces, like these SoLow ruffled yoga leggings.
Buyable: Topshop Ruffle Trim Chambray @Nordstrom.
Number 4: The Ruffle-Friendly Romper
If you’re looking for a no-frills way to rock frills, a ruffled playsuit like this one is the answer! The dark color keeps the look polished and adult while the ruffled faux-wrap neckline enhances feminine curves and adds expensive-looking detail. The boy/girl dichotomy–that is, the dainty straps and frills paired with a boxy silhouette–that this romper personifies makes it totally crush worthy.
Buyable: Ruffled Romper @American Eagle.
Number 5: The Ruffle-Neck Blouse
We couldn’t end this list without a requisite ruffle-neck blouse! Far from the puffy pirate shirts of yesteryear, today’s ruffled tops skew more towards Blair Waldorf than Jerry Seinfeld. A high, ruffled neck may be modest, but a well-placed ruffle can also be sexy. Sex appeal aside, more conservative ruffled blouses are excellent in-office options as they blend professionalism with high-fashion appeal.
Are you a fan of frill? What’s your favorite way to wear ruffles?
Liza, Editorial Director