The ruffled top, seen all over this season's runways and on countless street style stars, can be tricky to pull off for several reasons. One, the added fabric can run the risk of making you look bigger than you actually are; two, if done wrong, its Victorian aesthetic can appear horribly dated; and three, there's the dilemma of striking just the right balance between demure and hubadera.
Confused already? Don't let the debate daunt you—we're here to declare that the ruffled top is great for a thrilling frill.
H&M ruffled bomber-style top, P2199, SM Mega Fashion Hall
EASY: Tone down with a pair of jeans.
This is the chillest way to go. Even out the ruffled blouse's chasteness with distressed jeans and on-trend midi slingback heels.
Mango jeans, P2295, PowerPlant Mall
Topshop slingback heels, P7195, SM Aura
MODERATE: Layer like a Gucci geek!
Mix the cute school girl vibe with a punk-rock chick approach by throwing a houndstooth-print pinafore dress over textured ankle boots.
Bershka pinafore dress, P1395, SM Aura
Zara ankle boots, P3995, Greenbelt 5
HARD: Dare to pile the frill on!
More is more is more! Tuck your top into a striped, shimmery, tiered maxi skirt, then slide into beribboned velvet mules for an evening look that's both dainty and over-the-top.
Sonia Rykiel skirt, $2078, net-a-porter.com
H&M velvet slides, P4299, SM Mega Fashion Hall