Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Looking ruff

The ruffle is making an appearance as the new collar of 2012. Gone are the Peter Pan and Pussy Bow collars of 2011 - the ruffle is centre stage this year, from the subtle frill as seen on Alexa Chung to the large theatrical ruff as seen on Zooey Deschanel.

{Alexa Chung}

{Zooey Deschanel}

{Elle Fanning}

I found my own ruff collar top in a vintage market just round the corner from Spitalfields Market for just £12. I particularly love the lace detail, and embroidery, which adds to the vintage feel. And the strong v-shaped seam at the front and down the sleeves give it a structured feel.

And here are a couple of high-street alternatives.

{joe ruffled collar blouse, £175 Etoile Isabel Marant}

{natasha top, £79.52 J.Crew}
also in green or polka dot

{ruffle shirt, £32 Oasis}

If you're going super-sized with your ruff, it's best to stick to a neutral colour, to stop it from looking too theatrical or over-blown. Cream, black or grey would all be good options, and pair with your slim-leg jeans to keep it looking modern. And pare back your jewellery - let the ruff do the talking.

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