5 Ways to Wear Ruffles

Without looking like you are starring in a Gothic drama

Words by Tanya Grimson
December 22nd, 2016




Update your workwear by complimenting ruffles with chic tailored separates for an on-trend professional look. Stirrups add ’80s bonus style points.

Shirt, €39.99, H&M; sleeveless top, €69, COS; trousers, €39.99, H&M; shoes, €20, River Island; earrings, €9.99, Parfois; clutch bag, €27.99, Parfois.




Balance your proportions by teaming oversized dramatic shapes with streamlined bottoms for the perfect way to carry a hard-to-do trend.

Blouse, €210, See by Chloé at Brown Thomas; satin skirt, €49.99, H&M; heels, €65, River Island; sequin bag, €29.99, H&M; earrings, €9.99, Parfois.




Embrace your inner ballerina by pairing two traditional feminine shapes together. Neutral colours offer further softness to a contemporary but romantic take on the trend.

Sweatshirt, €59, COS; mock shirt, €39, COS; pleated skirt, €390, DKNY at Brown Thomas; pumps, €42, Marks & Spencer; earrings, €6.99, Parfois; clutch bag, €25, Marks & Spencer.




Vary hues of green and contemporary cuts on sweatshirts for an easy to achieve styling solution. Balance your shape with block heels and structured high necks for layering high notes.

High neck top, €69, COS; jumper, €79, COS; culottes, €340, Theory at Brown Thomas; heels, €65, River Island; earrings, €9.99, Parfois; purse, €19.99, Parfois.




Take a leaf from Saint Laurent’s AW16 show and release your inner Dynasty goddess, but replace fishnet tights with tailored trousers for a Noughties take on the classic 80’s trend.

Velvet dress, €39.99, H&M; trousers, €39.99, H&M; pumps, €20, River Island; velvet bag, €25, River Island; earrings, €6.99, Parfois.

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