Ruffles have always been a fun way to spruce up an otherwise plain blouse, skirt or dress, but how we wear ruffled clothing is very much dependent on body type and what they’re paired with. In this post, we’ll run you through how to make ruffles flatter and work with your shape.
Ruffles add a jazzy focal point to a blouse or shirt, meaning that you can pick the style dependent on what you’re looking to highlight. For example, horizontal ruffles will work best with a smaller bust, working to add volume, whereas women with larger busts may want to opt for vertical ruffles, to prevent bulkiness. If you’re looking for something a little subtler, however, ruffled sleeves are the way to go.
Similarly to blouses, ruffled skirts can work in the favor of either fuller or narrower body shapes. Broader hips work best with a ruffled hem at the bottom of a knee-length or maxi skirt to better flatter a curved figure. For women with narrow hips, however, a skirt with tiered ruffles can add volume and shape to an ensemble. Both types of skirt should be paired with a simple, fitted top to keep things casual.
Ruffled dresses should be used to balance out the wearer’s curves. For instance, if one area of the body is smaller than another, use a dress with ruffles that will bulk out the smaller part for a symmetrical look. If you’ve got an hourglass figure, then be sure to balance out the ruffles on both the bust and waist. All shapes should beware of dresses with tiered ruffles from top to bottom: these work best with rectangular body shapes and will add unflattering bulkiness to most women.
In general, ruffles are best paired with plain, structured designs so as not to overload an outfit. Keeping accessories simple is also a must. We advise avoiding jewellery in areas close to the ruffles, like necklaces with a ruffled shoulder or bracelets with a ruffled sleeve. Shoes should also be kept simple yet strong. An edgy platform or chunky boot contrasts with the girlishness of ruffles, working to round off your look.
In terms of colors and design, it’s always best to limit yourself to plain colors in a ruffled outfit so as not to overdo it. Patterned pairings can be a visual overload, or worse, distract your carefully thought out ruffles.