Unzipped: How to.. Ruffle up your layers

Go big or go home seems to be the new motto when it comes to Fall 2016 trends. Whether it’s oversized or embellished, there’s almost always a statement to be made. I think deep down, I’m a minimalist at heart. But after a month of street style overload, I can’t help but feel a bit of FOMO this season. So I’m taking baby steps to add some fun twists to my wardrobe starting with a ruffle here and there.

With another eclectic collection from Alessandro Michele at Gucci, it’s easy to understand why this trend has come to the forefront. A playful palette and clever styling give excitement to fresh Fall layers and accessories alike, with the added ruffles to hems and sleeves that help to merge Italian sportswear and European opulence in a manner that both celebrates the past and embraces the present. Which only further explains their mega success across multiple generations of consumers.. Meanwhile, there was an air of elegance and sophistication at Valentino with Chiuri and Picciolo leading the way. Ballerina inspired looks in varying neutral hues glided down the runway with an ease that forced you to slow down and simply admire, while ruffle accents throughout the collection became organic pairings to provide movement for the ultra feminine styles that prevailed.

Now I ask myself: which pieces are actually wearable? Ruffles are great in theory, but they’re just as easily overdone. The key is to play it cool and limit your picks to one (MAYBE two) per look. Start small with a ruffled hem on bottoms from Gucci and Chloé, then pair with a silk top or your favorite knit for a day of work or play. Or try poplin options from Isa Arfen and Maison Margiela: one flirty, one classic.. both very accessible. I also can’t get enough of the dress layering trend for Fall, so I’m pulling out a snug turtleneck to wear underneath the ruffle-trimmed wool mini from MSGM and others like it. Not to mention, great outerwear that packs a double punch with tartan and ruffle detail from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

One of the best things about Fall is the opportunity to bundle up and wear even more clothing that you love.. or at least it is for me. But, it’s so easy to fade into the gloom as the days get shorter and the wool layers start to pile on. So, this year I’m going to start combatting that by adding some ruffles to equation. Look good, feel better right?

Brands we love: Gucci Ruffled Silk Flared Pants, Isa Arfen Knot-front Ruffled Cotton Top, Tibi Ruffled Star Print Silk Skirt, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi “Luna” Ruffle-hem Checked Coat, Elizabeth and James “Marlee” Ruffled Satin Dress, Chloé Ruffled Silk-crepe Maxi Skirt, Maison Margiela Ruffled Striped Cotton Poplin Shirt, Sies Marjan Ruffled Satin Back Striped Top, Paul & Joe Ruffle-trimmed Silk Shirt Dress, Paper London “Montana” Ruffled Merino Wool Sweater, MSGM Ruffle-trimmed Ribbed Wool Mini Dress, J.W.Anderson Ruffled Suede Wedge Knee Boots

By Ariel Serano

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