Thursday, June 24, 2010

Swooning Over: Tiered, ruffley things

Nothing makes me feel more like a lady than wearing something with ruffles (thank you, J.Crew, for constantly appeasing me), but this summer, the ruffle is out in full effect. More interesting, though, are ruffles with a twist: tiered, angled, and at irregular lengths. Here's what I mean:
The Chris Benz dress in image 1 is amazingly out of control in bright colors with layered panels of slightly ruched fabric (which totally counts as a ruffle). The irregular slices of light fabric and the stacked colors are gorgeous, making it look almost weightless and petal-like. The vest in image 2 also pops with color, and makes use of chaotic pleating that makes it visually interesting and gives it the volume that more traditional ruffles would.

And who doesn't want to jump into that bed, or into that knit tank? In fact, I DO jump into that knit tank in white on the regular, c/o Madewell (J.Crew's younger sister), and I love its angled ruffles that jostle around as I walk.

Keep your eyes peeled for more irregular, angled, and unusual ruffles this summer and into the winter!

1. Layered silk organza dress, Chris Benz 2. Barcelona vest, Anthropologie 3. Waterfall ruffle shams, Urban Outfitters 4. Layered ruffles tank, Madewell

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