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The minimalists guide to ruffles

Just when you were certain that your wardrobe shaped with clean lines and minimal separates would safely walk you into next season, along comes an unexpectedly feminine twist. There’s a new mood in the air and it’s decidedly romantic.

So how to incorporate ruffles, soft details and ladylike frills with a minimal edge? Like any trend, take two steps forward and one step back; there’s no need to go crazy with new romanticism.

Give romantic ruffles a modern appeal by flashing a little shoulder with deconstructed drapery. Toughen up the look by pairing with well-worn boyish denim.

Inject ruffles into pieces you’ve always treated as steadfast classics. Take the button-up shirt and embrace a ruched sleeve or a girlish pussy bow. Update your reliable tailored trousers with a playful flounce hem.

Skip ladylike heels and dress down a tiered ruffle hem dress with flats or strappy sandals for ultimate daytime appeal.

And if you’re hesitant to start sashaying around in romantic ruffles and elegant dresses, avoid girlish or opulent hues and reach for understated shades of navy, black, cream and white instead.


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JH Zane top, MiH jeans, Marni bag, Alexandre Birman heels


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Paul & Joe dress, Chloe bag, River Island flats

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