Ruffled feathers… or tops

Ruffles don’t appear to be going anywhere, they can add interest to an otherwise simple outfit, they can soften things, adding a touch of femininity, or perhaps a nod at times to a boho vibe. There are some full on ruffles out there to take part in for day or for night… or some tiny ruffles that just add a certain something to an outfit and feel more now-ish.

I still find them slightly intimidating (perhaps a fear of overt girlyness which just isn’t really me); but I so have to get over this…. and I’ve realised with writing this…. mix ruffles with denim = much less scary. High/Low. Smart/Cashz. As it were.

I also have to get over my ‘but I don’t need any more bulk adding there’ or ‘but what will I wear over the top of it, if it’s cold?’ excuses.

For me personally, tops generally seem to be an easier way to incorporate ruffles… I did see some cropped trousers with three ruffles around the hem walking through Euston station a couple of weeks ago – we won’t be going there. Shudder.

H&M shows us a safety first with a breton style stripe from H&M £12.99, available in 4 colours… at this price it’s not a scary investment.

hmprod £12.99 4 colours selling fast

Dropped shoulder, ruffle sleeves from French Connection, £35.00

76iby FC £35

This great sweatshirt from Next, £22 in Rust is a great autumn piece to add in now.

457-535s next £22 sweatshirt

Keeping the ruffles small and dainty is this chambray blouse from & other stories, £59.00. This is gorgeous, and do-able.

If you wanted to go large, try this similar version from Gap, £54.95 (but there is ALWAYS a discount code to be found, especially if you sign up for their newsletter).

Printed from & Other stories, £49.00

0521496004_1_400000 &otehr £49.00

In black/white, a daisy spot print, also from & Other Stories, £49.00. Very, very do-able.

In eeeking out these last few weeks of summer Cos, £49.00 have this gorgeous asymmetrical top.

cos £55

Staying with baby blue, statement ruffle sleeves from H&M, £12.99

hmprod £12.99 2 colours

Fabulous sleeve detailing from Cos, £59.

A more delicate ruffle detail from this top at Warehouse, £29.00. I love everything about this; simplicity, colour, lipstick (!).

warehouse_02996047_2 £29

Broderie detailing blouse from Gap, £64.95… they have nailed this type of blouse over the last season. Stunning.

cn13706485 gap £64.95 also in white

cn13551411gap £64.95

Gorgeous red ruffles from & Other Stories, £59.00

0545138002_1_400000 &otehr £59

And from French Connection, £75.00 a one shoulder option – this will stay in your wardrobe for years. (Tucked into black jeans and heeled ankle boots for winter parties? Done. Boom.)

72ixf FC £75

M&S have this polka dot one shoulder option, £39.50, still with full sleeves. Fabulous.

SD_01_T43_5443T_Y4_X_EC_1 M&S £39.50

A more summery one shoulder version from Gap, £45.95. (In jumping ahead, how smug come spring to whip this one out?)

gap one shoulde £44.95

Knitwear… a super easy way to incorporate ruffles, from & Other Stories, £69.00 in this stunning pink shade, loving the pointelle stitch detailing in front panel.

0528292003_1_100011 &other £69

From Gap in this softest grey, £39.95

gap ruffle £39.95 2 colours


Dresses… I looooove this green dress from H&M, £39.99… I’ve seen on Instagram how this already gorgeous dress was elevated with more expensive designer accessories (& belted). Swoon.

hmprod £39.99

In hot orange from La Redoute, £49.00 (bank holiday discount still applies – BIG25… also available in black)

8cd2e438de71c565b2ef4846c61d4c28 la redou £49

Simplicity from Warehouse, £49.00.

warehouse_02948377_2 £49

In elegant jumpsuit form… Warehouse again, £66.00. Love. I really don’t need another jumpsuit though. Do I? Maybe.

warehouse_02962377_2 £66

And if you just want to quite literally dip your toe in this trend, Topshop have these beauties in red or black, £29.00.

So ruffles… are you in, or are you out? I’m in… it’s taken me long enough, but I’m there.



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