It’s all about texture this season, fashion fans. think lots of different textural effects on fabrics – mainly ruffles and pleats.
Ruffles and pleats are actually easy to wear. They add character and and edge to simple garments, and they also hide a multitude of sins, if you want to hide them.
Let’s start with pleats and this floaty, two-tone dress from Dorothy Perkins @ BHS (£45). Floaty, it will look great with heels and a jacket, or flats and a floppy hat.
Ruffles and pleats on tops add something different to the simplest of blouses. This great orange turtleneck from JOY (£22) has brilliant bell sleeves – we’re calling them ruffles, okay?
Mix up your ruffles and pleats. Team the above top with this fab pleated midi skirt from JOY (£39) for a 1970s inspired look.
This busy paisley pattern top is made even more fun with tiered ruffles. £22, BHS.
Debenhams Red Herring have this gorgeous asymmetric sleeve top (£28) in this bright yellow/orange with a fabulous ruffle. We ove it!
H&M’s polka dot ruffle shirt (£39.99) has a country vibe to it – look out for this trend later this spring – you will feel the need to line dance! Trust us!
Back on the pleats side of ruffles and pleats, French Connection’s simple black pleated shift dress (£50) is a wardrobe classic. Buy this, and you will never have nothing to wear again!
If dresses aren’t your thing, then French Connection have a pleated floaty top (£40), in black and white, that will look fantastic with flared jeans, and a floppy hat for a 1970s vibe.
Or you could up the pleats ante and team it with these brilliant pleated trousers from H&M (£14.99, were £29.99). But we think a simple crop vest and flat sandals would work brilliantly with these.
BHS’s cobalt blue pleat maxi dress (£60) is a summer essential for holidays or that summer wedding.
Back on the ruffle side of the ruffles and pleats trend, we love the sheer simplicity of this gold BHS dress (£45). Just that one ruffle adds character and panache to a simple dress. Keep accessories simple to show off that ruffle.
New Look’s simple chevron stripe ruffle bottom top (£14.99) is another 1970s trend-piece that you need in your summer wardrobe.
A simple midi pleat skirt from New Look (£24.99) in a blush lilac tone – spring perfection. Team with a simple fitted top in a contrasting pastel and accessories for a wedding look.
Dorothy Perkins @ BHS have captured the essence of 1970s cool with this blue chambray style ruffle front pussy bow blouse (£30). Adorable!
This bird print blouse with a ruffle down one side is a real statement piece for your wardrobe this spring. Find it at H&M (£29.99).
Back on the pleats side of ruffles and pleats, this is a beautiful pleat detail top with an interesting shoulder buckle detail, from Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams (£35)
But if ruffles are your textural thing, then this ruffle sleeve top at H&M (£29.99) will appeal. We love this; imagine it with flared jeans and wedges? Perfect.