Get Your Frills: How to Wear Ruffles with No Fuss

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Ruffled clothing is currently the hottest thing under the sun, but how do you wear ruffles without looking fluffy?

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite takes on this popular trend to satisfy¬†all you “frill”-seekers out there.

1. Dress to impress.

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One of the greatest things about ruffles is their unique ability to manipulate your body’s silhouette. Wish you had a fuller chest? Achieve the same effect with a ruffled bust line.

Wanting to draw attention away from your upper body instead? Wear a ruffled skirt to draw the eye down.

Similarly, ruffles can help enhance curves on athletic frames or provide the illusion of an hourglass figure with the help of a cinched belt.

2. Balance things out.

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Ruffles are definitely statement-makers, but they can easily overwhelm your body with their volume and flair.

Keep your frills balanced by pairing them with basic pieces.

Wearing a ruffled skirt? Top it with a solid blouse, a graphic tee, or a tank. Trying a ruffled top instead? Black trousers, skinny jeans, or a slim midi skirt will work just fine.

3. Mix your elements.

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One of the easiest ways to give your look more visual appeal is by mixing two contrasting style aesthetics.

For instance, ruffles are uber-feminine — so they look especially fresh paired with sneakers.

Similarly, you can wear them with bohemian-inspired ankle boots or a pair of ballet flats for a preppy finishing touch.

4. Be a sheer genius.

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Sheer fabrics make ruffled apparel look less poufy thanks to their diaphanous nature, so keep that in mind if you’re worried about all the extra volume.

Go for a frilly blouse with sheer sleeves, or opt for a frock with a ruffle overlay.

5. Add a belt.

Tons of ruffles on the sleeves, neckline, waist, and hemline can make you look 20 lbs. heavier in an instant.

A belt saves the day by cinching your midsection, and it makes that ruffled bohemian dress way more figure-friendly.

6. Show a little skin.

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Take your ruffles into modern¬†territory by choosing styles that don’t completely cover you up from head to toe.

This might mean going with ruffled separates instead of a maxi dress and choosing designs that feature cutouts or off-the-shoulder necklines.

7. Go multi-seasonal.

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Ruffles aren’t limited to spring and summer. Transition a sleeveless ruffle dress into fall and winter by wearing it as a jumper, or re-work your favorite frilled blouse with jeans or a blazer.

You’ll get more mileage out of your wardrobe if you stick to versatile designs that work overtime.

8. Try monochromatic combinations.

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Monochromatic ensembles visually lengthen and slim the body, which can go a long way (pun intended) when you wear ruffles.

Create a clean, long line by wearing¬†a single hue¬†or mixing shades from the same color palette — especially if you’re petite.

How do you prefer¬†to wear ruffles? Tell us how you get your “frills” in the comments section below!

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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