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Ruffle it up the right way

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 24, 2011 01:16 IST
Sonal Sher
Sonal Sher
Hindustan Times
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Ruffles look super chic, but the look can be a little difficult to carry for any one aged over fifteen years as you can end up looking like a puffed up disaster. Recently, former model Shvetha Jaishankar was spotted in a ruffled silk shift dress which seemed to add an extra width to her frame. “The dress is a disaster on her body. But whatever happened to the hair and the clutch,” says stylist Rishi Raj. So before you end up looking like a high school punk in a ruffled dress, here are some key tips from experts for you to keep in mind.

Stay simple

“The basic idea behind ruffles is to dramatise the silhouette. And the best place to have them is at the hemline on the base or to create a twist on the shoulder,” says designer Urvashi Kaur. She adds that longer ruffles and asymmetrical hemlines are the right way to go. “I feel it’s best to play it safe when it comes to ruffles. Keep them either around the neckline or at the end of the skirt,” says Raj.

The fit

Unfortunately this is a style which only a particular body type can carry well. “This style looks good on thin androgynous bodies,” says Raj. The layers add volume to your body. “The way to wear it is when the whole construction is very fitted,” adds designer Anjalee Kapoor.


The fabric is a key element in this dress as the drape should be classy, not puffy. “The fabric should be very light. Like chiffon or georgette. And longer ruffles look well in such fabrics,” says Kaur. Minimal accessory, minimal is the way to go with this style. “Carry a small jewelled bag or a statement necklace or just wear jewelled shoes. Don’t go for two accessories at a time,” says Kapoor. “If it is a bustier dress, one can wear it with either a statement necklace or cuffs or large earrings. And pair them with high heels or wedges,” adds Kaur.