Many women's first reaction to the word "ruffles" is "ewww." We remember wearing them as kids (or coming home and and being chastised for rolling around in the mud in our pretty dresses), donning them to our quinceañera parties, proms and then eventually to our weddings. But wearing ruffles in a day-to-day atmosphere? Thanks, but save it for little girls and the celebrities on the red carpet.
Or not. Recently we saw Olivia Palermo out and about in a leather ruffled skirt that had us reconsidering our stance on the frilly details. She paired her leather ruffled skirt with a casual grey sweatshirt and heels, and her look read feminine, sexy and sort of "I just threw this together." Oh, and that trend that we are seeing everywhere -- the peplum -- is actually a strategically placed, yet subtle ruffle at the waist.
We've rounded up 11 photos of stars wearing ruffles, along with tips on how to wear the pretty frills in daily life, without feeling like you're headed to a Bar Mitzvah.
Be bold: Pair your ruffles with a sheer top to show off your adult side. Just make sure your top is opaque, lest they mistake you for <em>another</em> kind of adult (the "entertainer" kind). (Getty photo)
Add a tough element to the look for a bit of surprise; a metallic belt will do the job nicely. (Getty photo)
A peplum is a perfectly-placed ruffle that has the genius effect of making your waist appear smaller.
Not so sure about the frills? Camouflage them in a pretty print. (Getty photo)
Ruffles and sparkles go hand-in-hand, but keep the silhouette body-conscious so that the overall effect is sexy, not girly. (Getty photo)
If you're tempted to wear a floor-length ruffled gown, make sure it's a black-tie event. Otherwise, it's just over-the-top. (Getty photo)
Ruffled leather is a nice twist on the trend, even more so when it's paired with something as casual as a grey sweatshirt. (Getty photo)
A ruffled hem on a minidress is cute, but it's all grown up when you add a pair of killer stilettos to the look. (Getty photo)
Ruffles at the hem of a cocktail dress are subtle, especially when they're in deep red sequins. (Getty photo)
A deep V reminds everyone that you're a lady. Just make sure it's appropriate for the event (not office-appropriate, ladies!). (Getty photo)
This is how NOT to wear ruffles. Oversized, overdone and droopy in appearance.
BCBG Black And Tan Lace And Netting "Rochelle" Ruffle Party Dress, $239
Rachel Zoe Georgia Sleeveless Ruffle Top, $125
Amicale Ruffle Wrap Gray, $230
Lovers & Friends Chiffon Ruffle Open-Back Dress, $69
J.Crew "Gabby" Top In Dot, $110
Textile Elizabeth and James Ruffle Bateau Top, $59
ASOS Blouse With Contrast Lace Inserts And Ruffles, $61
Kasper Skirt Ruffled Suiting, $49
C by Bloomingdale's Cashmere New Ruffle Cardigan, $178
Asymmetric Peplum Dress, $68