Fall 2016 Style Challenge: Ruffles


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SO ruffles are simply not my “thing”.   To me they conjure up fussy ultra feminine outfits. They seem only flattering for super-skinny women who can tolerate extra volume in their fashion silhouettes.  I am trying to think of a time I bought a ruffled garment and I cannot think of a single example – I hate ruffled hems (prairie look), ruffled skirts (really who needs the volume?) and ruffled blouses (even ruffled cuffs – they inevitably get dragged through your food, right?).  And I’m sorry, but for women of a certain age, ruffles make me think of Miss Marple – demure, virginal, needlepoint-adjacent.  Ugh.

Perhaps my aversion to ruffles is a generational thing.  However, I never even wore hippie ruffles in the 70’s and, even though I wore little smocked dresses as a child, there were never ruffles involved.   No, I think ruffles have simply NEVER been a part of my style profile.

But ruffles are “in” this year and I feel a little guilty that I cannot partake of this style somehow.  So I’ve found a few examples of ruffled styles that I could adopt – for the sake of fashion of course!

Do you like ruffles?  Tell me why – tell me how!  I’d love to hear your perspective!

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2 Comments on Fall 2016 Style Challenge: Ruffles

  1. Michelle Braverman
    November 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Can you think of ruffles as baroque versions of pleats or draping? You may not be a baroque-kind-of-gal (as I am not either). Some discreet pleating or draping can be very flattering though… As always in fashion, just don’t go where you don’t wanna go!

    • Jeanne
      November 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Michelle – A most romantic way to think about ruffles! And I can admire beautiful ruffled couture…but I’d just never wear them myself. Happy Thanksgiving weekend – Jeanne


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