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Bring your beloved denim to the workplace by pairing it with tailored pieces. Elevate the look with a collared shirt and a structured blazer in a brilliant hue, then ground it with sleek printed flats. Splurge: Smythe blazer, $595, holtrenfrew.com. Striped top, $69, button-down shirt, $95, and ring, anntaylor.com. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Harry Lary glasses, josephson.ca. Earrings, jcrew.com. Leather tote, gapcanada.ca. Flats, express.com.
Embrace denim's relaxed simplicity by teaming it with a playful graphic tee. Transform the look by rolling up hemlines and baring your ankles; this trick puts a spotlight on your footwear, so choose a fresh pair of kicks such as a slip-on sneaker, a polished pump or a high-shine boot. Our favourite patent picks. Jacket, $300, obeyclothing.ca. T-shirt, $19, joefresh.com. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Tuque, canada.roots.com. Sunglasses, josephson.ca. Bracelet, bananarepublic.ca. Patent-leather boots, winners.ca.
This woven top in a soft blush tone with a frilly trim lends charm and femininity to a simple pair of jeans. Balance the sweetness on top by adding a bit of sex appeal down low with a strappy leopard heel. Peplum top, $60, hm.com/ca. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Earrings, baublebar.com. Pearl choker and ring, express.com. Bracelet, anntaylor.com. Clutch, elabyela.com. Shoes, ninewest.ca.
A textured tweed coat and a cable-knit pullover will give your jeans an elegant upgrade. Add a iittle drama to your trusty skinnies with a knee-high boot in a rich earthy hue. Splurge: J.Crew Collection tweed coat, $1,029, jcrew.com. Knit sweater, $39, joefresh.com. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com. Earrings, swarovski.com. Bag, brooksbrothers.com. Boots, ninewest.ca.
This versatile skinny jean has just enough stretch in all the right places. More tips for wearing denim. Mid-rise jeans, $74, levi.com.
If basic blue feels too casual, try a bright colour or a repeated pattern. A vertical stripe not only adds personality but also elongates. Striped jeans, $98, anntaylor.com.
Distressed denim isn't just for baggy boyfriend jeans; it also gives the right amount of edge to skinnies. Imperfect denim shines brightest when paired with a tailored topper. Distressed jeans, $130, rw-co.com.
Head into the evening with your denim by dimming the wash and choosing a darker colour. Bonus: Dark washes lend a slimming effect. For everything fashion and beauty, visit our Style Desk blog. Mila Starlet jeans, $188, fidelitydenim.com.
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Executive assistant Linda Gill was worried frills would be too much volume—we proved her wrong.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, executive assistant Linda Gill tries ruffles on for size—despite her fear that they would be overwhelming.
After nearly a decadelong hiatus, flirty, structured and seriously romantic ruffles have gathered momentum as the "it" detail of the season. At its core, flounces of fabric are classic, a seemingly natural fit for Linda's traditional-with-a-twist style. But a ruffle, especially on a blouse, leaves her with mixed emotions. "I love ruffles because they're so feminine, but they can be overpowering," says Linda. "I'm big-busted, and I think they accentuate that area."
Blouse, $295, pinktartan.ca. Pants, $175, scotch-soda.com. Earrings, jenny-bird.ca. Bracelet, clutch and shoes, banarepublic.ca.
If you have a larger bust, wearing ruffles is entirely possible—and it can look incredibly chic. The trick is placement: Avoid ruffles at or around the bustline, since they can add extra bulk; instead, look for an open neckline with vertical ruffles or follow our lead and pick a blouse with tiered ruffles on the sleeves. Counteract the soft flounces with a structured pair of trousers in a wild print or a vibrant colour; an unexpected shade like fuchsia or bright orange can make all the difference in transforming ruffles from precious to powerful.
Shop the trend:
Exposed-shoulder blouse, $30, hm.com/ca
Halter dress, $75, reitman.com
Tunic, $30, marshalls.ca
One-shoulder blouse, $98, anthropologie.com
Shirt with ruffle sleeves, $20, zara.ca
Vince Camuto sleeveless ruffle top, $96, nordstrom.com
Banas dress, $145, aritzia.com
Dress, $125, loft.com
Peplum ruffle top, $70, rw-co.ca
Satin fluted dress, $148, frenchconnection.com