Inside Adwoa Aboah’s beauty routine
Inside Adwoa Aboah’s beauty routine

Holly O'Neill

‘It was such a beautiful script, we wanted it to look gorgeous on screen’
‘It was such a beautiful script, we wanted it to look gorgeous on screen’

Jennifer McShane

Coops the Label: The beautiful new intimates line to rival that of Kim K
Coops the Label: The beautiful new intimates line to rival that of Kim K

Sarah Finnan

This Blackrock Victorian villa is on the market for €2.85 million
This Blackrock Victorian villa is on the market for €2.85 million

Megan Burns

‘It was a campaign about reproductive rights. But it transcends and becomes a question about how we treat women in our society’
‘It was a campaign about reproductive rights. But it transcends and becomes a question about...

Jennifer McShane

Finding the perfect work-life balance: Magic or myth?
Finding the perfect work-life balance: Magic or myth?

Sinead Brady

Adare Manor review: We found the most luxurious mother-to-be treat in Ireland
Adare Manor review: We found the most luxurious mother-to-be treat in Ireland

Dominique McMullan

WATCH: The trailer for the new Monica Lewinsky crime series is here
WATCH: The trailer for the new Monica Lewinsky crime series is here

Jennifer McShane

It looks like Electric Picnic isn’t going to go ahead this year after all
It looks like Electric Picnic isn’t going to go ahead this year after all

Sarah Finnan

Everything we know about Netflix’s must-see series ‘Inventing Anna’
Everything we know about Netflix’s must-see series ‘Inventing Anna’

Jennifer McShane

Image / Fashion

How To Make Frills Look Less Girlish


by Marie Kelly
16th Nov 2016
blank

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

Also Read

blank
REAL-LIFE STORIES, FASHION, OFF THE CUFF
“When I used to dream of transitioning, I thought I’d wear short skirts and high heels”

Sometimes choosing an outfit is simply about getting dressed, but other times it’s about so much more. Sophie White talks...

By Sophie White

Victoria Beckham
FASHION
This is why Victoria Beckham is cutting her prices by 40%

Victoria Beckham is about to get a lot cheaper, as Vb is looking to “future-proof” her brand by reducing the...

By Holly O'Neill

Hunza G
FASHION, SHOPPING
Hunza G, the celebrity-favourite swimwear, has landed in Ireland

Hunza G, the one-size-fits-all crinkled sustainable swimwear beloved by Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and more has landed in Brown Thomas.

By Holly O'Neill

Alexa Chung Mulberry
FASHION
Alexa Chung has designed a new 1970s-era handbag collection for Mulberry

Now that our social lives are back on track – and we have a reason to leave the house again...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING, WEDDINGS
Zara now has a bridal collection, starting from €15.95

With Zara bridal collection wedding dresses from €89.95.If you’re a bride-to-be right now, apologies for the extra layer of stress...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING
Six ways to style your denim this spring

Long-awaited brighter days call for a refresh of our perennial favourite – denim. As we head out into the spring sunshine, our mood this season is ready to play, with sporty silhouettes and a relaxed vibe.

By Holly O'Neill

blank
FASHION
10 of Meghan Markle’s all-time best royal looks

The Duchess of Sussex’s status as one of the world’s biggest influencers has been cemented by statistics from global fashion...

By Jennifer McShane