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How To Wear A Ruffle Top

With their multi-layered look and flowing silhouette, ruffle tops are set to be a must-have trend for 2021. Requiring minimum effort while adding maximum style, they’re the perfect throw-on-and-go item.

Whether you’re searching for a smart-casual outfit, a WFH combo or a weekend get-up, discover how to style the trend for every and any occasion with our guide.

Why Wear A Ruffle Top?

Inspired by the frilled dresses and blouses of the 1950s, ruffle tops are making a comeback as fashion’s favourite piece. If you’re wondering whether the ruffle trend is for you, we’ve got plenty of reasons to style up your look with this statement item.

Put The Fun In Fashion

After a difficult 12 months, our wardrobes could definitely do with a splash of fun. We may love our loungewear to pieces (oh-so comfy!), but there’s no harm in mixing things up.

To refresh your core staples and add a little wow to your weekly rotation, switch a plain T-shirt for a ruffle top. Instantly giving your everyday looks an eye-catching update, it’s not hard to see why we can’t get enough of this feel-good trend.

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This year, we’re all about decorative details to make an impact. From ruffle collars and shoulder frills to trimmed hemlines, this trend is just the thing to take your look to the next level.

For an outfit you’ll be reaching for on repeat, team a ruffle collar top with straight jeans and a longline coat. Fashion-forward and effortless, this simple ensemble will have you looking fabulous no matter the dress code.

A Smart-Casual Staple

Striking the right balance between smart and casual, a ruffle top will be one of the hardest-working items in your wardrobe.

Dress it down for weekends with mom jeans and trainers or add a blazer and wide leg trousers for some structured style.

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How To Wear A Ruffle Top

From balancing the trend with slouchy trousers to keeping it casual with low-key pieces, discover how to wear a ruffle top with our style tips.

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1. All About Balance

With their voluminous design and eye-catching silhouette, ruffle tops work best when styled with wide or slouchy bottoms.

Think 90s inspired mom jeans, 70s wide leg trousers and pleated culottes to balance the trend. Take your pick between chunky trainers and cleated boots to finish off the look.

2. WFH Styling

When it comes to working from home, a ruffle design can completely transform your workwear. For productive days at your kitchen-desk, add interest and shape to tailored trousers and blazers with a ruffle blouse.

You can also bring your style A-game for video meetings and virtual catch-ups with a shoulder frill top. Ticking off formal dressing with a fashionable twist, the ruffle trend is a workwear essential for 2021.

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3. Keep It Casual

After almost a year in our joggers, we’re not quite ready to give up clothing that puts comfort first. Luckily, wearing a ruffle top doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort for style. Stick to floaty shapes and breathable designs to ensure your top stays in your loungewear good books.

For laid-back perfection when you’re out and about, team your top with low-key pieces such as relaxed jeans and trainers.

4. Give It A Twist

There’s no denying that ruffle tops are attention-grabbing, but that’s all part of the trend’s appeal. So, go on – be bold in colourful designs, floral patterns and polka dot prints! You can also mix up the look by opting for ruffle dresses, ruffle detail jumpers and tiered skirts.

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5. Wear It With Confidence

No matter how you choose to style your ruffle top, the golden rule is to wear it with confidence. Of course, we know this is often easier said than done.

To feel more comfortable in the trend, wear it with items you already know and love. From your favourite jeans to your go-to side bag, pair your ruffles with much-loved staples and watch the trend slip seamlessly into your wardrobe.

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