Grab your ruffles and your frills.
Cause you’re in for a thrill.

Worn along the hem, across your body, at the neck like a pie-crust or anywhere, frills and ruffles are here to pack some extra volume into your ensembles. Think more statement-making flounces, tiers and layers, and less tutu birthday dresses.

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Thorton Bregazzi, Simone Rocha, Mother of Pearl, Balenciaga

Embracing lady-like silhouettes and a vintage romanticism, this feminine detail has been reiterated to give a high-fashion look that’s dramatic and structured all at once. We’ve picked our cues from the runway and taken style notes on how to wear ruffles and frills, and not look like a toddler from Tutus and Tiaras. Pastel hues, stylised silhouettes and a festoon of frills- that’s what Disney princesses’ dreams are made of. And maybe yours too (if you skip the crinoline).

Channeling a romantic look, Thorton Bregazzi’s pretty dress has a perfect dose of florals and ruffles- a match perfect for any English tea party, right? Or go along with the dream-like scene and marry your romantic look with a dose of 80s style with a drop waist dress paired with jelly sandals. If it’s all getting too sugary-sweet for you, channel your inner school girl with a PE and nautical mashup like Mother of Pearls’ ruffled top and blue skirt. And if you’re feeling frivolous with frills, go all out with a top-to-bottom frill dress like Balenciaga’s lingerie-inspired collection. Innerwear is the new outerwear… legit.

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Proenza Schouler, Osman, Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton

If drama is your second name, then pretty li’l frills won’t do a thing for you. Instead, opt for smartly tailored pieces that go hand-in-hand with your bold personality. Cate Blanchet stole every editor’s magazine-cover dream in Proenza’s tiered dress; with that contrast black bow and those side cut outs, we’re sure this dress made Karl Lagerfield look twice. If you’re thinking nah, that’s not bold enough, then the black and white tiered dress from Osman is out-there-bold. We’d like to think if Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn designed a dress together, this would be it. And if spiced up is what you like, bold peplum-ruffles will do wonders to accentuate your hips while adding major focus on your waist. And if subtle Jackie O drama is your style, then a bold statement-making ruffle should do it for you.

Ruffle and Frill SS2016 MegatrendLike every fairy tale, fashion too has its dark side, just not in the form of evil witches but seductive gothic-esque ensembles. Clad in Black Swan tutus with lace frills, leather ruffles and Leia-like drapes, we’re pretty sure you’ll be the lead of the ruffle and frill trend if you’re feeling a little sinful! Question is… are you willing to get all ruffled up in the name of fashion?


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