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Seasonal Trends

Spring 2016 Trend #7: Romantic Ruffles

ruffles runway

Giambatista Valli  |  Lanvin  |  Michael Kors


Yes, ruffles are girly and frilly and fun. But, ruffles are also dramatic and moody and sophisticated too. Don’t believe me? Watch Lanvin’s spring runway show, where ruffled sleeves and hems accompanied otherwise tailored pieces. Even though at the time of the show Designer Alber Elbaz did not know this would be his last collection before he was fired, the overall mood of the runway was the punctuation mark on his creation of Lanvin: dark and brooding, while romantic and feminine.


The best way to do dark and dramatic in the spring? Wear all black. It’s unexpected but always easy and appropriate. For a night out, think drapey and flowy. P.S. this DKNY skirt comes in a dress version.

night out outfit

Joseph Knotted Ribbed Knit Top, $245

DKNY Ruffled Stretch Jersey Mini Skirt, $255

Clare V. Mimi Metallic Leather Clutch, $275

Marni Enameled Gold-Plated Earrings, $520

Mansur Gavriel Suede Platform Sandals, $625



Your favorite black suit gets a step up with an avant-garde ruffled top underneath. The combination of black with shades of taupe adds to the interest without being too daring for work.

work outfit rufffles

Rag & Bone Windsor Grosgrain-Trimmed Crepe Blazer, $495

3.1 Phillip Lim Cascade Ruffle Front Blouse, $375

A.P.C. Stretch-Pique Slim-Leg Pants, $280

Lana Jewelry Hooked on Hoop Earrings, $230

The Row Duplex Leather Shoulder Bag, $2,550

Vince Grace Wraparound Ankle Strap Sandal, $450



For our favorite dramatic ruffles, shop from our picks below.



Happy Shopping!

lani and kyle



Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New York areas.

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