Ruffles don’t appear to be going anywhere, they can add interest to an otherwise simple outfit, they can soften things, adding a touch of femininity, or perhaps a nod at times to a boho vibe. There are some full on ruffles out there to take part in for day or for night… or some tiny ruffles that just add a certain something to an outfit and feel more now-ish.
I still find them slightly intimidating (perhaps a fear of overt girlyness which just isn’t really me); but I so have to get over this…. and I’ve realised with writing this…. mix ruffles with denim = much less scary. High/Low. Smart/Cashz. As it were.
I also have to get over my ‘but I don’t need any more bulk adding there’ or ‘but what will I wear over the top of it, if it’s cold?’ excuses.
For me personally, tops generally seem to be an easier way to incorporate ruffles… I did see some cropped trousers with three ruffles around the hem walking through Euston station a couple of weeks ago – we won’t be going there. Shudder.
H&M shows us a safety first with a breton style stripe from H&M £12.99, available in 4 colours… at this price it’s not a scary investment.
Dropped shoulder, ruffle sleeves from French Connection, £35.00
This great sweatshirt from Next, £22 in Rust is a great autumn piece to add in now.
Keeping the ruffles small and dainty is this chambray blouse from & other stories, £59.00. This is gorgeous, and do-able.
If you wanted to go large, try this similar version from Gap, £54.95 (but there is ALWAYS a discount code to be found, especially if you sign up for their newsletter).
Printed from & Other stories, £49.00
In black/white, a daisy spot print, also from & Other Stories, £49.00. Very, very do-able.
In eeeking out these last few weeks of summer Cos, £49.00 have this gorgeous asymmetrical top.
Staying with baby blue, statement ruffle sleeves from H&M, £12.99
Fabulous sleeve detailing from Cos, £59.
A more delicate ruffle detail from this top at Warehouse, £29.00. I love everything about this; simplicity, colour, lipstick (!).
Broderie detailing blouse from Gap, £64.95… they have nailed this type of blouse over the last season. Stunning.
Gorgeous red ruffles from & Other Stories, £59.00
And from French Connection, £75.00 a one shoulder option – this will stay in your wardrobe for years. (Tucked into black jeans and heeled ankle boots for winter parties? Done. Boom.)
M&S have this polka dot one shoulder option, £39.50, still with full sleeves. Fabulous.
A more summery one shoulder version from Gap, £45.95. (In jumping ahead, how smug come spring to whip this one out?)
Knitwear… a super easy way to incorporate ruffles, from & Other Stories, £69.00 in this stunning pink shade, loving the pointelle stitch detailing in front panel.
From Gap in this softest grey, £39.95
Dresses… I looooove this green dress from H&M, £39.99… I’ve seen on Instagram how this already gorgeous dress was elevated with more expensive designer accessories (& belted). Swoon.
In hot orange from La Redoute, £49.00 (bank holiday discount still applies – BIG25… also available in black)
Simplicity from Warehouse, £49.00.
In elegant jumpsuit form… Warehouse again, £66.00. Love. I really don’t need another jumpsuit though. Do I? Maybe.
And if you just want to quite literally dip your toe in this trend, Topshop have these beauties in red or black, £29.00.
So ruffles… are you in, or are you out? I’m in… it’s taken me long enough, but I’m there.