From the 15th century to the present, ruffles have been a distinctive element of fashion for both genders. From soft, subtle curves to voluminous flowing folds of fabric, ruffles mimic the gentle contours of the feminine shape, bringing a sense of beauty and romance. The ruffle dress is the perfect embodiment of all things feminine and achieves a whole new level of seduction in the context of fetish fashion.
The ruffle fashion trend touches on all levels of celebrity, from Michelle Obama to Fergie to Victoria Beckham along with designers such as Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior. Words like ‘frothy’ and ‘romantic’ were hotly tipped for ruffles in the 2010 fashion forecast. Another trend for this year is the style of layering ruffles with contrasting fabrics to create visually exciting textures. The ruffle dress can easily embrace all of these style tips, and more.
A frequently asked question about the ruffle dress is where should the ruffles go? The answer is anywhere you like! Ruffles on the neck area or upper part of the body can draw attention to the face or décolletage, creating a delicate and beautiful frame. Loose ruffles on the sleeves, on the lower section of the dress or around the hemline will give the dress an airy, flowing quality, particularly when you are in motion. It’s not generally recommended to have ruffles solely around your midsection, as that can create an unusual shape depending on your body type. However, that’s not to say that it can’t be done, especially if it’s paired with a tight bodice. I think a tutu would safely fall into that category!
The ruffle dress is a versatile piece that should be in every woman’s closet. Ruffles are a persistent fashion trend that can be worn day or night. With the right kinds of fabrics the ruffle dress is a perfect outfit for a sexy night out. Take a look at the Charlise Short Black Ruffle Dress which combines outrageously sexy with feminine and romantic. Or for flirty and fun, the Celine Short Black Halterneck Tutu Dress has just the right amount of ruffles (and very little else) to make a lasting impression.