Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It’s the second Monday of the month which means it’s time for May’s Stylish Monday link up party. The theme for this month is Romance and Ruffles!
When I found out the theme for this month I immediately thought of this blouse. Although I have a fair few tops with ruffles and frills, this red blouse is one of my favourites. I wore it for the Stylish Monday red theme a couple of years ago and the Style Not Age “Frill Seekers” post the year before. I love tops with ruffles and frills because they can add drama and romance to an outfit. While I associate black ruffles with gothic styles, red and pink conjure up romantic connotations…red ruffles and romance go hand in hand!
When it comes to skirts and dresses, I look for styles that don’t add width – a frill on the hem is my preferred shape. I’ll wait until the summer to break out my frilly frocks though. I usually save these cropped tartan trousers for autumn and winter, but I really wanted to pair them with this red blouse. Besides, it’s felt like autumn recently! To maximise the impact of the blouse I’ve chosen my bright red sock boots and bag. I prefer to wear boots long enough to avoid gapping with cropped trousers. These boots are really stretchy and the heels are not too high…they still sank into the soggy lawn though!
SHOP THE LOOK
& Other Stories blouse (old) | Zara trousers (old) | Raid boots (from Asos, old) | Mila Blu bag (old)
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“I always like it when clothing items have a little extra detail added to them. The ruffle on the bottom of this chambray skirt is flirty and fun! It wouldn’t be as interesting if it was just a typical A-line skirt.
“This lovely yellow dress has been in my closet for over a decade (it’s by Express). I wore it to our Florida vacation last year. Since the “challenge” was all about ruffles and flounce I decided to go full steam with this fully-ruffled dress. It reminds me a little bit of the 20s from a century ago.”
“I’ll confess, ruffles aren’t exactly my thing, since I don’t really need any extra fluff on my already fluffy pear shaped body! This top has a delicate ruffle detail around the wrist, and the floral print adds the touch of romance that is so big this season.”
“I love incorporating ruffles into my everyday looks, because they add a subtle femininity to any outfit. Ruffles possess the ability to transform any basic garment into an elevated statement piece. Whether worn during the week, or for a special occasion, ruffles are definitely an element of clothing that I enjoy wearing.”
“Ruffles add details and interest! I’m all about them both big and small. They make an impact and elevate an outfit!”
“Ruffles are fashion’s way of telling you not to take styling too seriously- lighten up! loving this ruffle theme- so freeing (and it also helps that this blouse is in my very favourite Spring colour)!”
“I am not a ruffle person. Thus, this dress is just a tryout of the current trend. The plan was to cut the ruffle off if I wouldn’t like it. I am still undecided whether to cut or not to cut it off. What do you think?”
“I don’t have a lot of ruffled things in my wardrobe, but I do love the dramatic flounce that can often be found in kimono styles. Big flared bell sleeves and a wide flounce at the bottom of a mixed pattern kimono paired with a denim mermaid skirt seemed to fit the theme this month.”
“Flirty and fun, ruffles add a touch of femininity to any outfit, which is something I’m looking for these days. Whether it’s an extra flounce on a dress or skirt or a big ruffle on top, give it a try and enjoy a little extra spring in your step all day long!”