Trend Report: Ruffled Dresses

Plaids, stripes and polka dots?  Not anymore… this fall, ruffles are back with a vengence.  If you thought that ruffles were only for the little leagues, then look again because they're making a huge comeback with Big Ten and Ivy league crowd this semester.  Regardless of where you go to school, the perfect ruffled dress in your closet can carry from rush to a hot date with that cute RA you had your eye on all last year.

Vintage Chic:  Cute, classy, and funky… meets vintage? Now you can have it all and then some with ModCloth’s very own offering of flirty '50's and '60's inspired frocks.  From sophisticated to bright and colorful, they have it all.  You’re day will definitely shine-on in their daffodil yellow sleeveless Look on the Sunny Side Dress ($87.99).  Pair it with a pair of black and white oxfords, and you'll be channeling your inner Audrey Hepburn in no time!

Urban Feminine: Love ruffles but prefer a streamlined look that screams "big city sophistication?" It's to the rescue!   MyLolaFashion's simple A-line dress with spaghetti straps and ruffled bodice ($75.00) can be dressed up (black leather boots and blazer) or down (flats and a cardigan work in a pinch), creating a simplified urban style perfect for class or even a job interview.

Dark n' Flirty:  Dress them up or dress them down, ruffled dresses can take you anywhere…even out for a night on the town.  Along with a large selection of cute daytime options, Forever 21 has a great variety of dressier ruffled looks that can work for sorority semi-formals or even your next spring break escape. For the ultimate evening out, slip into their navy blue Flounce Ruffle Dress ($27.80) and then let the fun begin!


By Kelly Leslie, San Francisco State University

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