My mind automatically goes to romantic dresses when I think of ruffles. Especially for spring. The innocence of a pretty ruffle works well with the fresh and new feeling of spring. I imagine that there are a lot of ruffle dresses at more swanky spring events, like garden parties, because you just cannot escape the feminine power of a ruffle. And there are oh so many ruffle options out there! There’s the classic ruffle around the neckline, the mod-feeling ruffle on short sleeves, or Spanish style ruffle on a skirt hem. And on and on. But whatever direction you go with your ruffle dress, it’s going to feel romantic.
Ruffle dresses like the one above make me think of dancing in a field of wildflowers, preferably barefoot. I kept the outfit almost as simple as the inspiration image, because with the right dress all you need is a bit of jewelry and bam! You’ll be channeling your inner romantic wild child. I added the smudge sticks because I imagine the girl who loves sitting around barefoot in romantic ruffle dresses is probably into healing crystals and purifying her surroundings. And to make the look more street-ready I went with a boho fringed bucket bag, lovely gladiator sandals, and floral detail round sunglasses.
I love this inspiration photo so much but doubted I could find a similar dress to build this outfit around. Amazingly I found a perfect match that emphasized ruffles, but wasn’t too focused on the chest like so many other ruffled dresses. It’s a unique look, but a wonderfully romantic and carefree way to wear ruffles in a cityscape. Since the outfit has more of a downtown vibe to it, I embraced black and gold accessories. Simple gold jewelry pairs well with sturdier pieces like a black leather tote and open-toe lace up heeled sandals. Add some mirrored sunglasses for anonymity and attitude.
– Julia of Style and Cheek
image inspiration via: Instagram user phoebejtonkin, They Are Wearing: New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 | WWD[show_shopthepost_widget id=”1532039″]