London Fashion Week 2017: Trend watch – ruffles

Ruffles: they aren't going away anytime soon

Are you ready to favour frills over clean lines? Because the designers at London Fashion Week certainly want you to embrace the ruffle. With the staggering amount of fashion houses showing across the past few days you’d think it would be hard to identify any real standout trends, but if one thing has united the shows it’s been the abundance of ruffle details – both on and off the catwalk.

The ruffle trend had already been emerging of course (you may have noticed that all the sleeves on Instagram seem to be swishy these days) but if you were on the fence about investing then the AW17 shows have confirmed that you needn’t worry: ruffles ain’t going away anytime soon. At London Fashion Week alone we’ve seen ruffles at Topshop Unique, DAKS, Bora Aksu, Ryan Lo, Molly Goddard and House of Holland. Check out any of the street style galleries and you’ll see the show-goers were filling the FROW with ruffles too.

The best news? The fact that this trend hasn’t appeared from nowhere means that the high street is already well stocked in all things ruflletastic – which is great for us mere mortals who don’t fancy waiting six months for the designer versions to hit the shops, complete with eye-watering price tags. You’ll find just a few of my fave high street pieces in this edit and they’re all eligible for cashback through Quidco, so it would be rude not to indulge really.

Remember there’s only one rule for ruffles: if it feels fun, buy it!

1. Jumpsuit by ASOS – £70

The colour alone is something to behold, but this jumpsuit really is ruffle tailoring at its finest. IMAGINE this at a summer wedding, or at the races, or at a party that you know your ex will be at. It’s just a dream.

2. Aster Dress by Topshop Unique – £245

Now I know this dress isn’t the cheapest, but it’s the exact dress that was worn on the catwalk at Topshop Unique on Sunday. No designer imitations here, this one is the real deal. It’s gorgeously floaty for summer (I’m already picturing it with a tan and an abundance of gold jewellery) AND has the added bonus of looking like a short sleeve version of Beyoncé’s dress from the ‘Hold Up’ video. Good enough for Bey; good enough for us. Accessorising with a baseball bat is optional.

3. Midi Skirt by Warehouse – £10

We saw pale blue ruffles at Bora Aksu’s AW17 show and this midi skirt is darn close to some of the designs he sent down the runway. Not only is it very pretty, but it’s been reduced twice in the sale and is now just a tenner. You’ll need to be quick with this one, it won’t be around for long!

4. Raw Edge Denim Jacket by Helene Berman – £110

This jacket would instantly give a high fashion edge to any outfit and it reminds me of something Marques Almeida has shown on the catwalk before. We’ve seen plenty of denim so far at the AW17 shows, especially at New York Fashion Week at the likes of Mara Hoffmann and Calvin Klein, so whilst this jacket is a little bit pricier than some of the usual high street options it would be a great investment – especially at this sale price (£110, ASOS)!

5. Maxi Dress by Glamorous – £54

You’d be forgiven for thinking that ruffles only come in pastel hues on the high street, but you can go gothic whilst experimenting with all things frilly if that’s what you prefer. I’d team this dramatic maxi dress (Topshop, £54) with a black shearling biker jacket a la Versus Versace AW17 (swoon!) and whilst it’s playing into the ruffle trend of right now, it’s a classic style that could be worn season after season.

6. Top by Warehouse – £26

Not only does this top tick the ruffle box, you’re also getting an off the shoulder look (see NYFW for further proof of off the shoulder wonderment) and it’s the type of gorgeous blue that the designers couldn’t get enough of this season, whether at Markus Lupfer or Jasper Conran. I’d wear this with pale denim jeans, white culottes or a bright statement skirt.

7. Blouse by River Island – £28

This loose fit blouse comes in three colours and has a tie-back so you can really get the shape you’re after. By having billowy sleeves AND ruffles you’re basically becoming an instant fashion blogger by buying this shirt. In a good way, promise.

8. Sun Top by Topshop – £28

Topshop call this a “sun top” rather than a crop top but it does have a cropped fit, and would look best with a high waisted skirt or jeans. Heck, if you can find some dramatically high waisted shorts to wear with it then you will be MADE. The broderie fabric coupled with the ruffles makes it a gloriously girly option and I’d go so far as to say it would be rude to pack a holiday suitcase without including this little dreamboat.

9. Gingham Shirt by Miss Selfridge – £35

Maaaaaan do I miss summer school uniform, wearing those pretty gingham dresses and making daisy chains in the school fields. I like that this shirt (£35, Miss Selfridge) has that cutesy gingham vibe, but still has a fashion edge thanks to the ruffle details. It’s a really lightweight fabric for when it finally warms up, too.

10. Midi Skirt by Topshop – £42

I’ve saved the best til’ last. Is this a statement skirt or is this a statement skirt?!? The colour is nothing short of glorious and the crepe texture gives it a retro vibe, but let’s face it…this skirt is all about THAT ruffle. Carmen Miranda would be proud.

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Poppy Dinsey

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