No one’s trying to ruffle your feathers, but we are trying to shake up your wardrobe. Ruffles fashion trend is so hot this summer! Not only is this style fun and flirty for the summertime, but the designs are lightweight and perfect for a warm breeze.
You’ll often find this trend in a bikini top or a nice blouse, but we’re allowing the trend to take over our whole wardrobe. Here are all the ruffled styles we love for these last weeks of summer.
One Piece Bathing Suits
One ruffled design that people are sure to fall in love with would be the ruffled one-piece. This design by Mara Hoffman is perfect for these last few weeks of summer. The floral print and colors create a distinct tropical vibe while the off-the-should design immediately gives the bathing suit a sexier appeal. Ruffled one-pieces are exceptionally great for those who might want a little more detail to distract from their midsection.
Although ruffled bikinis are very popular in the summer months, they are not often referred to as such. They are commonly called ‘flounce’ bikinis. These bikinis feature the regular ruffled pleating along the entirety of the suit. This sexy two-piece bathing suit also features the off-the-shoulder design which gives the suit a sultry look.
Ruffled bikinis are also a great way to spice up a relatively simple bathing suit.
This outfit is a great way to show the whimsical and romantic feel ruffles can give a dress. Although the light pink color serves to enhance the look, the ruffled pleats at the top create a soft look. The ruffled top is paralleled by the pleats and slight ruffles in the full skirt which add a delicate hourglass look to the figure. This ruffled dress is complete with a light pink Chanel bucket back and peep toe sandals.
It’s not common to find ruffles on a playsuit, but when you do, you can only hope they are done right. Since playsuits are shorter and require less material, ruffles can quickly take over the outfit and your body. This is an example of a ruffled playsuit done the right way.
This blush playsuit features two ruffled details along the sleeves that fall into pleats. Since the ruffles are large and spaced, it doesn’t overwhelm the body and the shorter sleeves help balance her body and the material. The rest of the playsuit falls into an illusion skort. Although it looks like a skirt, the legs are separate into shorts. Even though the bottom is not actually a ruffled detail, the large pleats the material creates works well with the rest of the design.
If there is one item you’ll find with ruffles less often than a playsuit, it would be a pair of shorts. For the same reasoning, ruffled shorts can quickly become a disaster, but some designers and brands have found a way to work the design into their shorts.
In a pair of high-waisted shorts from Forever 21, we see a small ruffled design that makes all the difference. Although it might seem small, the ruffled design traveling from the top of the shorts to the hem give the shorts its main design. This small ruffled detail continues and creates the bottom hem of the shorts.
Unlike the shorts and playsuits, you’ll often find ruffles in skirts. If you were to watch one episode of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, I’m sure you’d find at least one dress with a ruffled skirt being tried on. Ruffled skirts tend to be long and full, like the one shown here.
This outfit features a beautiful white, floral skirt that includes both ruffles and pleats to enhance the look. The look is created with a two tiered skirt that creates two layers of ruffles. Similar to the playsuits, the pleats seen along the body of this skirt create a more dramatic ruffled effect.
In our last look, we see blogger Aimee Song wearing a beautiful red ruffled top. Unlike most tops, this ruffled pattern is seen along the sleeves and the hem of the blouse. Since the ruffled top adds to her torso, this look allows her legs to appear slimmer and longer.
Ruffles are about to kick into hibernation for the fall and winter, so be sure to get the most wear out of your ruffled outfits. You might be packing up your summer clothes for the upcoming fall season, but make sure you keep those ruffled designs around for next spring/summer because you can be sure they’ll come back to make an appearance.
Let us know in the comments below how you’re wearing your ruffled designs!