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How to wear feminine ruffles—and still look polished

How to wear feminine ruffles—and still look polished

Carlyle Routh Author: Julia McEwen

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How to wear feminine ruffles—and still look polished

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.

(Read about our other style dares here: crop tops for the office, skinny jeans for curvy girls, figure-hugging dresses, upper arm confidence and print mixing.)

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."

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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.

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