Ruffles are a quick way to add texture and femininity to any outfit, but they can be tricky. When placed in the wrong areas, ruffles can add on volume–in a bad way. And if you wear too many ruffles at once, you look you’re dressed in a Colonial Willamsburg costume.
To pull of a ruffled top, stick with a lower neckline. This will open up the torso and prevent that stuffy George Washington look. To add shape, go for a skinny belt in a metallic color that won’t get lost in the ruffles. Keep the bottom pieces simple with a pencil skirt and a suede platform pump.
Whether you’re busty and want to downplay your chest, or smaller and want to add some volume, this Newport News Ruffled Top ($39) works for both figures. The ruffles are apparent but not overwhelming, and the length of the top makes it perfect for belting or tucking in.
A black pencil skirt should be a staple for all women, and this MICHAEL Michael Kors Black Pencil Skirt ($69.50) is a go-to option that pairs perfectly with ruffles. The simple silhouette balances out the look, and the curved seaming near the waist has a slimming effect. This skirt also has some spandex, so can actually move in it.
Wearing a skinny belt is a perfect way to add color and shine to an outfit, and this Tahari Bronze Snake Print Skinny Belt ($25.99) will give the ruffled top some shape.
We usually don’t suggest wearing more than one ruffled piece at a time, but the ruffle details on this Penny Loves Kenny Kelsey Pump ($59.90) are subtle and architectural, and will not clash with the top. The platform and heel add height, but you won’t feel like you are wearing stilts.