TREND: Ruffle Your Feathers

With the emergence of the military trend, everyone started to toughen up her looks. Everything from combat boots to an olive green anorak became fashionable and we let our inner boys shine through. For some, the girly girl inside of them cried a little, but they can start to rejoice once more, because the girly girls are once again permitted to shine. Ruffles are back in season with feminine details ruling the runways of Valentino and Chloé as well as the streets, and this Fashionista showed further justifies this point.

I saw today's Fashionista on my way to school and I was taken aback by how refreshing she looked. She was wearing a loose white top tucked into a pair of dark skinny jeans, some black flats and a cream colored ruffled cardigan. With all the bright colors that I’ve been seeing, it’s easy for me to forget other spring 2011 trends. Thankfully, this Fashionista reminded me that feminine details like ruffles are also in season and that we should not stick to just one trend.

According to, ruffles are a great way to add a flirty and romantic feel to your wardrobe. There are so many ways to wear ruffles that it can take you from day to night in an instant with only a few changes to your outfit. For your upcoming internship, you can wear a ruffled blouse like this from Nasty Gal and tuck it into a pair of high-waisted trousers (that’s also a major spring trend!). And when it turns dark, switch it up by wearing a high-waisted midi skirt and cinch your waist with a belt. You will look chic and professional at day and sexy and fun at night.

Hint: The trick with anything ruffled is to work with proportions. A ruffled top can add volume to your torso so tone it down with a clean-cut bottom and not a billowing skirt. The same goes for wearing a ruffled skirt.

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