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Trend Alert: Ruffly Blouses

If ever you've longed to dress yourself in prim and feminine ruffly blouses, now is your chance. Ranging from multi-tiered cascades to simple accents, ruffles are all over shirts for Fall 2006. But the look isn't easy to pull off.

To avoid looking like a librarian or a lady who lunches, try pairing the flouncy shirts with somewhat tougher pieces, like denim and leather. For a dressier look, you can go more chic, but make sure the rest of your outfit is sleek, not fussy—think pencil skirts and graceful platform pumps. Here's a look at some of my favorite ruffly blouses at both designer and non-designer prices.

Rebecca Taylor Ruffle Top with Cami, $189, available here.

3.1 Phillip Lim Ruffle-Front Halter, $297, available here.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Casey Stripe Silk Top, $228, available here.

Elie Tahari Joelle Blouse, $248, available here.

For the non-designer versions,

Bebe Chain Print Amanda Shirt, $79, available here.

Banana Republic Sleeveless Ruffled Bib Top, $64, available here.

Forever 21 Ruffled Stripe Shirt, $24.80, available here.

Isaac Mizrahi Brocade Ruffle Blouse, $29.99, available here.

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