The Frill Of The Chase: The Best Ruffle Pieces To Buy Now

street style ruffle

by Olivia Wright and Iole Dexter |
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Ruffles or frills; big or small; clean cut or disarray - ruffles are here to shake up your wardrobe. This summer think floating lines that look like clouds and dreamy fabric for miles. Think ruffles on jumpers, frills on pants and dresses with va-va-voom.

For ultimate street style chic, ruffles are the way to go and we’ve compiled ten of the best pieces, both from the catwalk and the high street so you can be as frill-volous as you like.

Ruffled Sleeves

ruffle sleeves

Flared, long, frilled - exaggerated sleeves are everywhere you look, and it's a trend we're loving this season. A ruffle detail has the ability to turn the most basic of pieces into something special - you can add a ruffle detail to the sleeve of the most basic white t-shirt and the effect will be romantic and eye-catching. You can also experiment more wildly with layering (another trend of the moment) jumpers over shirts with exaggerated sleeves for a more dynamic look that is also incredibly office-appropriate. Tres chic!

Ruffled Shirt

street style ruffle

Ruffled shirts are everywhere you look right now. A hybrid between a structured shirt and a peasant blouse, the ruffled shirt is a fun departure from wooly winter-dressing into the spring season.

Getting a cardigan or blouse with ruffles surrounding the neckline is the perfect way to draw attention to, and frame, your face. Adjust the look with a delicate necklace to bring out your collar bones and voila.

Ruffled Trousers

bell bottom trousers

Having ruffles at the foot of your trousers is an easy way to minimize the look of your waist. By drawing attention to your ankles your waist instantly looks smaller giving you the all desired hourglass figure. Bell bottom trousers are everywhere this season, but we award Zara with the prize for the best collection.

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Zara are serious rufflers

Shop the best frilled, flared and ruffled pieces here:


Ruffles Trend - Grazia

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ruffle trend

Jacquard Ruffle Shirt, £39 from Topshop

Topshop’s ruffled shirt is so Victorian-chic it will have you feeling like a lady even when you’re putting the bins out. Think Mary Poppins/Oscar Wilde and pair with a pencil skirt or fitting trousers. Beware of makeup stains on the collar!

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gucci trousers

Gucci Ruffled Silk Flared Pants, £600 from Net-a-porter

Gucci’s Spring ‘16 runway was inspired by the romantic glamour of the ‘70s. These high-rise, champagne silk pants could be the most glamorous piece you’ll wear to your mum’s house for tea, but so, so worth it. Pair with a bright, chunky heel or with white pumps and a jumper.

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gucci shirt

Gucci Ruffled Silk Shirt, £725 from Net-a-porter

Gucci’s mustard shirt is an effortlessly chic way to get through a Tuesday morning meeting. The piece is cut from featherweight silk, and finished with a Peter Pan collar and bow for a retro appeal. Bella!

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trousers with frills

Trousers with frills, £59.99 from Zara

If the term ‘dancing shoes’ applied to pants, these would be the ultimate dancing pants. If there is one thing Zara do better than anyone else, it’s a ruffle! Wear with a cute cami-top for a night on the town, or with a simple blouse to spice up your work wear.

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ruffle sleeve jumper

Soft sweater with frilled sleeves, £29.99 from Zara

This Zara sweatshirt is just the ticket for a dressed down day. The frilled sleeves will have you feeling uber glam while you’re not feeling uber great. Wear with a statement necklace and jeans; or dress it up with culottes or a bright skirt. Also, comes in white!

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miss selfridge heels

Chime Ruffle Sandals, £45 from Miss Selfridge

These discreetly frilled heels can be worn any time, any place, any wear. Wear to the office on a Friday, wear to your best friend’s wedding, wear to the supermarket, and while hoovering. Ultra-versatile, and can be dressed up or dressed down.

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river island ruffle blouse

Ruffles for a party? River Island has the answers. You have to snap this up toot sweet because it's limited edition! Spice this up with some chandelier earrings; or if you’re not feeling the drama, wear with high-waist black jeans and a colour pop heel. Voila!

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zara frilled bag

Frilled Leather Crossbody Bag, £19.99 from Zara

If you’re a little unsure on the ruffles trend and need to make baby steps, start with this bottle green Zara shoulder bag. The chain strap adds a fierce touch to even the blandest of outfits, and will bring a little bit of Emmanuel Alt to your wardrobe.

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topshop dress

Stripe Frill Bardot Dress, £38 from Topshop

A Bardot dress is crucial to any capsule wardrobe. While this dress may not be appropriate for February, there is no harm in planning ahead! This dress will make you feel like you’re in Cannes when you’re actually in Brighton. And can we just appreciate the bow? Very 1994 school picture day.

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h&m gingham blouse

Frilled Checked Blouse, £34.99 from H&M

H&M have pulled a blinder with this shirt! Not only does it have the sweetest ruffles, it’s also blue (this colour is EVERY WHERE right now) and it’s gingham! Three trends with one piece. AND it comes in white too. H&M you spoil us!

Gallery by Olivia Wright

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