A careful reconfiguration of this Victorian Belfast home added a roof terrace and a sleek kitchen
A careful reconfiguration of this Victorian Belfast home added a roof terrace and a sleek...

IMAGE Interiors & Living

Inside this coastal East Cork property on sale for €800,000
Inside this coastal East Cork property on sale for €800,000

IMAGE

Real Weddings: Nicole and Aidan’s fairytale wedding in Co Wicklow
Real Weddings: Nicole and Aidan’s fairytale wedding in Co Wicklow

Shayna Sappington

WIN a €500 voucher for the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford
WIN a €500 voucher for the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford

IMAGE

The Undecided: No wonder more of us are unsure about parenthood
The Undecided: No wonder more of us are unsure about parenthood

Sarah Macken

Break out the barbecue with our top tips for cooking outdoors
Break out the barbecue with our top tips for cooking outdoors

Marlene Wessels

This bright family home is on the market for €285,000
This bright family home is on the market for €285,000

Sarah Finnan

Work smarter, not harder: four secrets to being more productive at work
Work smarter, not harder: four secrets to being more productive at work

Jenny Darmody

Ditch Amazon and buy your books from these independent Irish stores instead
Ditch Amazon and buy your books from these independent Irish stores instead

Sarah Finnan

This Connemara cottage complete with a round room studio is on the market for €450,000
This Connemara cottage complete with a round room studio is on the market for €450,000

Sarah Gill

Image / Fashion

How To Make Frills Look Less Girlish


By Marie Kelly
16th Nov 2016
How To Make Frills Look Less Girlish

Cascading frills danced down the runways of many designers for AW16 and SS17.?Given that the international catwalks are a venue for?theatre as much as fashion, frills and ruffles can feel about?as real-life friendly as couture. But like most trends, taking frills from the catwalk to your closet involves a little bit of reimagining. Here are a few ideas for making frills and ruffles feel less, well, frilly.

Give a subtle nod to the trend with this check dress. The frill detailing on each sleeve is enough to suggest an awareness of what’s on the catwalks without having to shout about it. It elevates this piece from a nice staple to a new-season must-have.

Check dress with ruffled sleeves, €39.95 at Zara

Wear your ruffles with something very utilitarian such as denims. This dilutes down the girlishness of the frills and brings a more urban feel to the entire outfit.

Flower lace dress, €85 at & Other Stories

Embrace monochrome. Simple black and white looks sophisticated and unfussy so it can allow for’some feminine detailing. Even with these elaborate sleeves, this top’still feels very modern and contemporary.

Top with pleated sleeve detail, €59.95 at Massimo Dutti

Adding a subtle ruffle to a pared-back top creates interest without overwhelming the classic shape of this day-to-night basic. The look works best when styled without accessories, as the small frill is enough to punctuate this’minimalist aesthetic. Anything more would look confused.

Sky print ruffle top, €95 at Mint Velvet

If you don’t want to balance the girlishness of a ruffle with something boyish, then add a touch of sex appeal to your outfit. This one-shoulder dress negates any frilly, girly associations because?it’s such a’sensuous, sophisticated style.

Pleated dress, €150 at uterque.com