3 Looks that 100% Prove the Ruffle Top’s Versatility
Ok, so you’d be excused for thinking this season’s Ruffle Shirt looks like something you could’ve plucked from your Grandma’s dresser (hey, she was cool once ya’know). But then again, no one’s suggesting you style it in the same way – so stop eyeing-up those ridiculously comfortable fur-lined moccasins immediately! It’s all about mixing prints and clashing trends right now (case in point: try throwing an oversized hoodie over your floral slip dress – totally works!), and so, an ultra-femme ruffle shirt is the perfect investment while the rest of your rail no doubt looks like something Courtney Love would have flicked through during the early nineties. Gran-grunge, anyone?
As one of SS17’s most versatile trends, we share three alternative ways to toughen up the ruffle shirt and ensure once-and-for-all that Grannie leaves your wardrobe well and truly alone!
Look 1 – Ruffle shirt, jeans and a leather jacket
Granted, some combos absolutely do not work (cough, cough… Batman vs Superman!), but a ruffle shirt and leather jacket? As unlikely as it sounds, we’re talking ‘Ant and Dec’ levels of compatibility. Pastel-pink’s the perfect shade to soften the biker black, while a pair of washed-out mum jeans helps blend the two. We’ve rolled the hems up and added boots for a punk-gal edge, and then it’s simply a case of adding shades to finish.
Look 2 – Ruffle smock top, culottes and a hoodie
For a skater-cum-statement vibe, it’s time to pump up the volume and play up the pastel. Take one bleached-out-blue ruffle smock top, add a pair of super-slouchy culottes and throw our baby-pink long line hoodie over-top. Stark white sneaks help balance the tones, while a stone wash denim jacket provides a clash of texture against the otherwise baby-soft styling. We’ve topped the look with a canvas cap (backwards, of course) for the perf’ true-to-trend touch.
Look 3 – Ruffle T-shirt, culottes and a denim jacket
A white ruffle t-shirt and polka dot culottes? So far, so femme, but not for long… Cropped at the calf, this season’s awk-length trousers sit at just the right height for a pair of bovver boots – buckled, preferable – while a velvet choker necklace provides another throw-back style stamp. As for your outerlayer (cos goddam is it cold out there!), shrug on a barely-black denim jacket; the boxier, the better, and if you don’t own one? Time to raid BF’s closet… though mind you don’t disturb any skeletons that might be lurking.
As always, we want to see how YOU’RE styling the ruffle shirt this season. Whether it’s under a slip dress, over culottes, or tucked into a midi skirt, tag us over on Instagram using #NCrowd. But not before you get on over to our dedicated category page for more ruffles, frills, thrills and spills than you can shake a stick at!