Ruffles = femininity. Ruffles down the front, around a collar, at the edge of a sleeve or cuff. As if the apparel were winking or at least batting its eyelashes. Softens any look. With blouses, one needs to keep bottoms simple. Draw the attention to your torso and, of course, face. Let a tendril of hair fall, wear more delicate jewelry. Be careful make-up tone coordinates. Have fun with the look. Flirt.
Now, this is really cute. Wear casually with jeans or tuck into a pencil shirt and make your entire office smile. Red lipstick will look great. It appears to be translucent-careful with lingerie. Play with contrast/ color block. Covered but in no way stodgy. Bright yellow chiffon with ruffles and tied top. Button closures, loose fit. 100% polyester. Can be hand washed. $68.00
Takes on Black
Left: Diane Von Furstenberg Kelly Top- This will work well with a short skirt-how about red or lime green? Or pair with slim cut pants for that long drink of water look. Dangling earrings will add to the waterfall illusion. Soft and flowy. The tiny print makes this piece very finished. Black and white star-dust print silk. Round neck, hidden, off-center button fastening, pin-tuck pleated front with ruffles neckline. Loose fitting. Pleated back detail. Comes with black camisole. $348.00
Right: Prabal Gurung Ruffled Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse – Avant-Garde and dramatic. This piece will create an ensemble. Do not gild the lily with a complicated skirt or pants-no pleats, tucks, or pockets. Keep it cougar sleek. Modern jewelry, clean lines. Go bold with color or keep monochrome. The blouse says it all. Confidence is yours. Mesh yoke, structured ruffle at the top. Snap-fastening keyhole at back of the neck. $795.00
Pretty neckline, cheery color, good basic fabric. (100% cotton) Sort of a contemporary take on the happy European peasants or gypsies of old musicals. This can be sweet or sexy depending on the rest of your look. Wear at home as a hostess with cigarette pants or pair with your best torn jeans to visit a country fair. Short, puffed sleeves, button front. Square-cut, crop. $27.00
Very Different Whites
Left: Diego Reiga Dahlia Shirt- Fitted shirt with great face-framing ruffle collar and neck detail. Crisps up your appearance. Wear to the office, run errands, see a film. Practical, flattering, and ready for anything. Let’s face it, one simply cannot have too many good white blouses. Fluted cuffs with double ruffles. Hook and eye fastening with pearl cuff buttons. Ruched shoulders. Bib front. Cotton/polyamide/elastane. $90.00
Right: See by Chloe Ruffled Silk Top- Rather “Mad Men” vintage in feel. Very ladylike. Perfect for a suit but more interesting when paired with something kitchy and/or contemporary-plaid pants, anything high-waisted, shorts? Cream color. Ruffled bow appliqué, pleated shoulders. Zippered back. Loose design, Italian sizing-take one size smaller. Semi-sheer finish. On sale $108.00 (60% off) and there are not many left at this price.
Fabulous with white jeans but carry this one into Fall to pair with black velvet. Tuck into a long skirt or let fall atop a short one. Statement earrings, several cuff bracelets. Just a dab of blue eye shadow. Royal blue satin. Ruffled one-shoulder neckline with bare right shoulder. Loose, long silhouette-hem below hip. On sale $103.00
Delicate. Wear the palest lipstick, silver, pearl or crystal jewelry (or diamonds.) Dresses up as well as down. The shade will look wonderful with brown or navy as well as your summer whites. Mandarin neckline with the prettiest ruffle detailing-just look at the back. 100% silk. Blush color. On sale $120.00
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