Thursday, 21 January 2010

All ruffled up

There is something charmingly sweet and playful about a ruffle. Whether it be layers of chiffon bouncing on a skirt or waterfall ruffles cascading down a blouse these curves and pleats look fabulously pretty. The high street is still awash with bad ass body con but just as fashion likes contrast, in swoops the ruffle trend for 2010.

For a vintage look and touch of frou frou opt for this amazing jacket from Topshop (£75) with its layers of tiny cream ruffles and its intricate chain and beaded trim. I think ruffles tend to look best in the softest of colours - nude and blush pinks that make you feel like a Grecian Goddess. This pale blush ruffle front blouse (£25 Topshop) makes a simple but elegant statement. I love the colour of this shell pink bubble frill skirt, (£32 Topshop) that would look great with simple black pumps and a black top. This delicate tiered cami (£25 ASOS) comes in a similar shade and is heartachingly pretty and taps into this season's lingerie trend as well.

Ruffles may make me want to pick up and swish the layers of my skirts whilst dancing to an old classic as per Dirty Dancing, but more demure options can be great for the office too. The grey tweed of this Oasis ruffle skirt (£45) gives it a sensible edge, whilst the ruffles make it more exciting than a pencil skirt, workwear bread and butter. As a contrast to the flouncy shapes of a ruffle skirt, pair it with a sharp tailored jacket - again making it suitable for the office. And to slip inside your handbag - this black Sara Berman zip purse. At £140 it may be well out of my price range, but a girl can dream.

And because a trend doesn't have to stop at the outside layers, how about these fab pink ruffle knickers? (£10 ASOS) Oh so silly but oh so fabulous.


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