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Fashion Trend: Frills and Ruffles
Emilia Wickstead, Louis Vuitton, Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior, Chloé

Nothing says ‘spring romance’ like frills and flounces that call to mind petals of wildflowers and delicate blossoms. This season’s catwalks were all aflutter with ultra-feminine details as designers including Emilia Wickstead, Chloé and Gucci embraced a softer, more feminine mood.

The key to not looking like a sartorial mille feuille is to strike the right note between pretty and preposterous. Unless you are actively courting street style photographers, don’t try to pair frothy separates. You may wind up looking like a poly-chiffon-wearing loo-roll dolly. However, if that’s the look you’re going for, as Christopher Kane was, have at it.

Instead, pair a discreetly frilled blouse with jeans, or follow Chloé’s example and wear with a Western-inspired leather mini and lace-up boots for a hard/soft ensemble. Or dust off your old cowboy boots and wear them with a softly ruffled dress. Switch for classic suede pumps if you’re heading to a dressier affair.

We love the little sweater vests that topped the gloriously frilly dresses at Giambattista Valli; a chic styling device that intelligently toned down the sweetness with a dose of bookish flair. And the flat Mary-Janes added to the off-beat allure. That said, minus the vests and worn with towering heels, those frocks are pure glamour and would be as gorgeous at summer’s roster of parties, or fit right in on the shores of St Tropez with a pair of K.Jacques sandals.

For simplicity, you can’t beat the elegance of a gently ruffled skirt with a classic cashmere tee, or a pair of statement shoes trimmed with outlandish frills to add a spark to pared-back looks.

Here’s our edit of the best frilly finds on Sloane Street…

Giambattista Valli dress, £1,900
Chloé dress, £2,550
Alice & Olivia floral devoré skirt, £505 at Harvey Nichols
Delpozo dress, £1,700
Dolce & Gabbana dress, £1,900
Emilia Wickstead dress, £1,315
Fendi dress, £2,575
Julia Mays mules, £395 at Harvey Nichols
Gianvito Rossi heels, £575 at Harvey Nichols
Gucci dress, £4,950
Maje dress, £315
Giambattista Valli dress, £1,900
Miu Miu shoes, £610
No.21 blouse, £410 at Harvey Nichols
Olgana Paris pumps, £570 at Harvey Nichols
Peter Pilotto skirt, $685 at Harvey Nichols
Prada blouse, £1,020
Red Valentino dress, £920
Sophia Webster heels, £495 at Harvey Nichols
Valentino dress, £2,210
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