11 October 2016

Doing It For The Frill: How To Style Ruffles

nude off shoulder ruffle playsuit from bardot. Australian summer look styled with fringe and shell clutch 
 When it comes to how to style ruffles, one wrong move can place it smack bang in 'little miss moffat' territory.

Today I show you my fave ruffled piece and give you my top ruffle styling tips.
baby pink frill ruffled playsuit with off shoulder summer style

 1. Keep it grown up
Ruffles have that twee vibe that could quite easily translate to five year old at a school dance. To style ruffles with a sophisticated edge, opt for pieces with a little bit of sexiness. Go for something that shows a bit of bust, or even a saucy slip of the shoulder. 

I may be anything but sexy, but my playsuit certainly is!

how to style ruffles off shoulder playsuit
  nude pink frill sleeve playsuit bardot ruffle outfit idea

2. Little Does It
As tempting as it may be to don a head to toe ruffled dress a la Paris fashion week, I wouldn't jump right into it! Start small with little flounces of frills on hem edges, sleeves and skirts. If you dig this, go ahead and opt for full-blown frilly: all it takes is a little confidence! This girl has got it right!

girl wearing a ruffled playsuit looking out to a beautiful blue tropical ocean

how to style ruffles ruffles outfit idea ruffles street style

 3. Use Plain or Edgy Accessories
Too much sugar will make a cake too sweet, just as too many girly pieces will make a look too sweet. When you style ruffles, go for edgy pieces such as solid jewellery and oversized sunglasses to lesser the girly effect. Plain accessories will ensure that the ruffles are left to do the talking too.

blonde windswept hair and a ruffled off shoulder summer playsuit

ruffle outfit street style for summer

4. Use Ruffles To Add Volume
If you're pear shaped, ruffles are a great way to add volume to your bust area. Opt for flowing down, vertical ruffles for a  more slimming effect.

nude heels photographed over blue water

5. Neutral Does It
Prints and bright colours on ruffled pieces can easily take it to trashy-brashy territory. Keep it slick and chic by going for pieces in softer, pastel hues, blacks or greys.

off the shoulder ruffle playsuit style

marc bale rose gold watch and minimalist choker

6. The Smaller The Ruffles, The Easier It Is
Smaller ruffles are undoubtedly easier to pull off. If you do to style ruffles that are larger and more theatrical, keep your accessories and colour palette to a bare minimum.  

cute ruffled summer playsuit styled with nude heels sunglasses and a fringe clutch bag
Playsuit: Bardot (sold out online, but still available in store) Similar style here
Sunglasses: Mink Pink (Similar)
Clutch: Local Boutique (Almost indentical)
Watch: Marc Bale
Shoes: ASOS
Bracelet: Lovisa 

Are you ladies ready to ruffle it up? Give in to the frill with my picks...

Ruffles For Spring/Summer

In the Southern Hemisphere? Here's some ruffled pieces you will love: 

Ruffles For Autumn/Winter
This one goes out to all my Northern Hemisphere ladies...

I apologize for my hair in these photos, the wind was not on my side haha!


  1. I'm admittedly not much of a ruffle girl but I think it's pretty much because I've only seen the big oversized ones. Or as you said ones in loud colors or that give off the 5 year old girl vibe. I like this playsuit though because it's just a hint of the trend without being too much.


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  2. You nailed the ruffled look! I love the idea of pairing grown up ruffles with edgy accessories. It makes a potentially girly look feel much more sophisticated. You look gorgeous!

  3. You look amazing in that romper Rachel!

    xx Aldora

  4. You look amazing dear! This playsuit is so cute.

  5. So nice! Love it.


  6. This is one super cute play-suit, girl! You look so pretty in it!
    Also, I am such huge fan of sunglasses - and yours are stunning!!!


  7. I love this romper! The ruffles make it so pretty!

  8. Your playsuit is fabulous and sexy! Love it!

  9. The ruffles are gorgeous! I love this playsuit so much. It is perfect to wear at the beach and just so fun and chic. The tips are great and I especially love those shoes! :)

  10. Love this playsuit and it looks perfect on you! Definitely loving the ruffles and the cold shoulder detail. Xx

  11. Beautiful as always :)

  12. That's a very cute romper...

  13. I don't have many ruffles in my wardrobe and they can be a little scary to style. I think I will start off with smaller ruffles like you suggest and go from there. The playsuit you have picked out looks lovely and the colour is so pretty :) x

  14. Stunning!! Lovely photos

    Happy Thursday doll! Kisses,

  15. I love your playsuit! It looks lovely on you! :) xx

  16. Wow Rachel, You look amazing in this romper. Love all the details. Your clutch is TDF!
    Happy Friday! Xx, Raysa

  17. I wish I could pull off ruffles! The romper looks amazing on you, and I love the shoes! Also, I'm currently having an Urban Decay Giveaway - I will be having a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass, Buxom and more - you should come check it out! :)

  18. Que pasada, me encanta como vistes. Eres genial. Un besito y te invito a visitar mis siete maravillas. Un besito.
    Las siete maravillas de Amanda.

  19. I am absolutely loving this look and your bag is so cute. Hope you have a great weekend .

  20. This look is just gorgeous! I love the romper and the ruffle details are the perfect accent!

    Fizz and Frosting

  21. So beautiful photos ! Loving your jumpsuit ! You looks so fabulous.
    Many kisses

  22. Never did I see such a sizzling, sexy, sassy STUNNAH! My girl crush on you certainly knows no bounds Rach, you are all the dreamy and the absolute definition of paradise times an absolute trill. Loving your fabulous tips and tricks on styling ruffles, always love your perfect sense of humour too, 'smack bang in little miss moffatt territory' haha, totally made me smile! <3

    This playsuit was made for you, the gorgeous ruffles are so dreamy and it looks heavenly with your choker and that beach babe of a bag. The soft colours of the playsuit are gorge and I love how fierce the heels are. As always, what a blissful, tropical paradisal backdrop that fits like a divine dream to your stunning look! Such a flawless, show-stopping goddess. Killing it with fire! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  23. I love ruffles! I haven't seen them on a romper like this though. So cute!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  24. Such a beautiful place to take pics. Love your outfit too, very cute.
    Nina's Style Blog

  25. Such a cute look!! That romper is so adorable :)

    Enclothed Cognition

  26. Looooove the frill accents of this romper. You look soooo adorable in it, sweetie!
    xx Frederique

  27. Love this romper babe, it looks perfect on you!


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  28. Such a pretty playsuit girl!! Love the pink blush tone :) Also great tips for styling ruffles!! I'm obsessed with the trend this season..but always have to spend a little extra time to get it right <3

    XO, Jessi

  29. These are all such great tips, beautiful, for wearing ruffles! It's a detail that can be challenging to work with, but your tips are spot on for easing into it and in a way that's flattering, too! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead!

    PS: You look fabulous in this romper!!!!



  30. I have to admit that I never gave ruffles a second glance as it's way too girly for me but this romper looks amazing on you! I probably wouldn't be able to pull it off though as I'm flat chest. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  31. Fantastic tips and you looks absolutely fantastic in this ruffled playsuit! Such a stunning piece on you!


  32. Fantastic tips and you looks absolutely fantastic in this ruffled playsuit! Such a stunning piece on you!


  33. What a cute playsuit! I like the grownup ruffles :)

  34. I'm not a massive fan of ruffles but I do like the petite kind. I feel they've got more mature vibes happening (and suit me better than something that is going to drown me in fabric). I have to say I am seriously loving this playsuit, especially your styling. That small detail with the choker = perfection.


  35. I'm not a fan of ruffles but you certainly styled this so well!
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  36. thank you for the tips! I think I want to have ruffle jumpsuit you wear XD it's pretty and you absolutely look gorgeous on it :)

  37. I LOVE ruffles and you styled them so well! So so cute!


  38. what a lovely post my dear
    your style is so amazing and inspiring
    simply love it!

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  39. lovely romper and i love the ocean in the background

  40. Love all of these tips and the outfit, thanks for sharing!

  41. Love ruffles! You styled it so well babe xx

  42. I love ruffles so much! This playsuit is adorable, I love the colour of it so much :)


  43. Fantastic shots!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  44. Thanks for sharing. Being big busted I always feel frumpy wearing ruffles so finding the balance of looking like a five year old as opposed to a librarian is often a struggle! :)
    Jaz xoxo

  45. Starting small with ruffles featuring on hemlines and around the sleeves/neck is a brilliant tip! I adore this look on you Rachel; it's both stylish and feminine. SO sweet!

  46. Dear Rachel, you definitely nailed your ruffled styles! Thanks a lot for your helpful tips as I love to wear ruffles but I'm not always sure if I do this in the right way :) Thanks to you I got fantastic input and one thing is sure: tomorrow I will definitely wear a ruffled top!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  47. Aww! thanks for the tips pretty! You look super cute, The ruffle is indeed a must have.

  48. Love the title of this post and the ruffles are so fun!

    Chow Down USA

  49. This ruffle outfit look fab on look such a beautiful doll Rachel !

    Xoxo, Neha

  50. These are awesome tips, I love ruffles because they look feminine and fun.


  51. Rachel, you are simply STUNNING! Love the ruffles -- this one piece is just too cute! Love the backdrop too! Wish we had such amazing weather! :)
    PS: The Gender Reveal post is now live on my blog! :)
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  52. Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  53. OMG, I can't handle the fabulousness in this post! Love your playsuit and those beautiful shades.

    XoXo Noma

  54. I love how chic and sexy your outfit looks, without the ruffles making it all cute and girly! And those tips are so practical and bang on. You are a stunning beauty, Rachel! :)

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  55. Such an amazing look! Loving it

  56. you are looking so cute babe! Love how the white outfit contrast to the blue vibe there!

  57. This is such a gorgeous romper! Love the ruffle details :)

    Love, Lindsey

  58. Am a huge fun of frills and ruffles because they flatter every body type. Your romper is so chic it hurts my feelings with envy. Your long legs and perfect body are doing so much justice to the outfit!

  59. that's fun! your post is about styling ruffles and I just put a post about ruffles as well :D
    But then the winter edition ;)
    Love ruffles and great look!


  60. This playsuit look amazing! Love your photos!

  61. So obsessed with this trend, but just like you said I find small ruffles more suiting and lovely with the right type of accessories.
    Great tips Rachel and really pretty look, totally not childish.
    Happy week!

  62. Such a fun romper and you look amazing in it! I love the ruffle details on it. It really accentuate the romper's style. x

    Face to Curls |

  63. What a cute look, I love the ruffles

  64. You look so good. I always love your photos and your style. It's just always so amazing.

  65. This playsuit is absolutely everything, so so in love with the ruffles, you look amazing hun!


  66. I am not a fan of ruffles as I can't really style them properly! But you definitely know how to make your style stand out, I really like everything about this outfit and you look so damn good! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  67. El look es ideal, me encanta!!

  68. Girl this jumpsuit is LIFE! You look incredible and I love, love, LOVE how you've styled it!

    Hayley xo


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