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How To Wear Ruffles Without Looking Like George Washington

March 1, 2010 by Aria Hughes
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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.

Need more help getting dressed? See our other How To Wear posts, then check out our buying guide to Spanx and the top five dresses that flatter all figures.

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