One of the things we saw a lot of on the catwalk at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week was ruffles – big ruffles, small ruffles and everything in between, there are frills aplenty. Here’s some of our favourites in plus size, from cool and casual to party perfection.
Ruffles on their own can be quite dramatic, but add a print and it’s high drama! We love how the addition of ruffle detail elevates basic black and white prints to next level.
There’s two main types of ruffle and they’re both plentiful at the moment. There are bigger ruffles like the trousers on the left, which can be a softer look; and there are the small tight frills like the trousers on the right. Which style do you prefer?
A few old favourite styles have had a bit of a resurgence with the addition of a ruffle. Peplum hem tops (a soft ruffled style very popular a few years ago) look great with a loose soft ruffled sleeve, and camo has made a firm comeback as well – we love the way the frilled sleeve softens the print.
Soft floaty fabrics seem to lend themselves perfectly to ruffles – there’s something about the way that they fall and drape that is just ideal. Coming up to summer, this is the perfect combination especially if you’ve got special occasions like a wedding to attend.
The more structured the ruffles, the more of an eye catching statement they will be. The classic chic shift style ruffle shoulder dress on the left is a definite show -topper and perfect for any events where you want a wow moment.
Wrap style dresses (whether real or faux) lend themselves perfectly to a ruffle detail as they have a natural line for the frill to sit. This style is usually very popular for race days and summer parties alike, so expect to see a lot of these around in the coming months.
Meagan Kerr also writes at This is Meagan Kerr.