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.