blue dress, Sandro, $470, at Bloomingdale's in
King of Prussia.
baaaack. But you won’t find them in a lacy frenzy.
Their flounce is simple this spring: We are talking one
layer — two layers, tops.
fashion’s wavy extra, add trademark feminine flair to
unsuspecting silky blouses, the bottom of cropped
jackets, and along the hemline of skinny trousers.
DO THEY COME FROM?
or ruffs, first appeared along the neckline of men’s
shirts during the Renaissance. With each passing
century, however, menswear became plainer and womenswear
more dramatic. By the 18th century, they were the
extravagant favorites of the monarchy; Marie Antoinette
the 19th century, ruffles started to disappear, thanks
to the proliferation of menswear-inspired shirtwaists on
ladies of means. However, shortly after World War I,
they reemerged in layers on flappers’ dancing dresses.
then, ruffles have been a part of the standard fashion
repertoire, although they were more prevalent during
certain decades. (Think flamenco dancers in the 1930s,
princess gowns of the 1950s, flower children of the
1970s, and girls-just-wanna-have-fun vibes of the ’80s.)
to the early 2000s, and ruffles made miniskirts
interesting, and strapless evening dresses jazzed up,
delighting girlie girls everywhere. Last spring, they
were the sultry accent on ubiquitous off-the-shoulder
tops. And during this unapologetically feminine spring,
they are all over the place.
IS WEARING THEM?
Larson in a cobalt Oscar de la Renta gown on this year’s
Academy Awards red carpet. Emma Roberts and Selena Gomez
in ruffled summer frocks. Michelle Obama at the end of
her bell-sleeved shirt. And, of course, those of us
interested in adding a little sizzle to an otherwise
YOU WEAR THEM?
They are extra-cute on blouses. Moderation is key, as
very few of us have Prince’s panache.