Every other blogger and fashion influencer is talking about spring trends these days and ruffles in specific. With a love for the voluminous statement, I of course have to gush about it! Here’s: Ruffles spring 2017!
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Ruffles Spring 2017
The statement of ruffles feels like a natural development of the statement sleeves, off the shoulder tops and statement blouse we’ve seen the past year(s). Ruffles works perfectly for adding some volume to a piece and is thereby favorable to add to necklines, hemlines or sleeves. It gives life and movement to clothes without compensating the overall impression. Ruffles are also kind of sophisticated, which is a perfect feature for the preppy style that’s been trending.
Ruffles have mainly been in the version of blouses, like this one. And also been done a lot as statement sleeves, often in sweaters – like this one. A frill hem for the pants or jeans are also growing popular which is a great alternative to the uneven hem. Softer, but still with the touch of statement.
What to think about
When going for ruffles the one thing to keep in mind is: volume. The ruffles are adding volume in one way or another to the outfit which means that some balancing has to be done. Balancing doesn’t necessarily need to be in the context of adding more volume to a counterpart, but keep the volume sane.
If we’re talking about ruffles on the upper body, you can either go for a full hourglass silhouette or a triangle shape. For hourglass, go for a voluminous skirt so the point of the widest parts evens out. For a triangle shape, keep the pants/skirts slim so the silhouette gets more narrow.
Avoid pants or skirts that are neither slim nor flowy but a straight silhouette. It’ll risk that all your curves will disappear. Because what it all comes down to is either letting the ruffles be in center in a toned down way, or let them be in center by a voluminous way. Going for a midtrack risks going square-shaped which one oftens want to avoid. If you are going for a straight bottom piece, mark the waist with a belt.
Ruffles for the lower body comes with the same principles. Either you keep the upper body toned or you go volume too. Avoid pieces that are hitting midway like oversized sweaters that hides all the curves. Try a flowy blouse instead or a top with statement sleeves. If you’re working the ruffles for the hem of the pants. Try to add some height or minimalism to the shoes. Either by heels, or by shoes sans details. This will make the pants look less heavy and keep the outfit more balanced.
Example of a working outfit
I think this outfit is relatable to a lot of us, as it’s simple, stylish and easy to recreate. Even though the pants are more straight than slim, the key behind this look is that the waist is marked by the tucked in blouse. This lets the ruffles get their time in the spotlight, but also keeps the balance on the curvy side by the marked waist. The jeans are simple and details such as bag, shoes and sunnies are kept rather minimal. If one would go full fashionista IG-blogger, the waist could probably been emphasized even further with a belt. Do remember though that rules are meant to be broken and there are countless of exceptions to the balancing of ruffles!
Folks! Hope you enjoyed the post, how will you be rocking the ruffles? Drop a comment as always! Xx