Ruffles and Pleats

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.

BHS Dorothy Perkins pleat dress ruffles and pleatsRuffles 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?

ruffle top JOY ruffles and pleatsMix up your ruffles and pleats. Team the above top with this fab pleated midi skirt from JOY (£39) for a 1970s inspired look.

JOY pleat skirt ruffles and pleatsThis busy paisley pattern top is made even more fun with tiered ruffles. £22, BHS.

BHS print ruffle top ruffles and pleatsDebenhams Red Herring have this gorgeous asymmetric sleeve top (£28) in this bright yellow/orange with a fabulous ruffle. We ove it!

Debenhsms ruffle top ruffles and pleatsH&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!

Polka dot ruffle H&M ruffles and pleats

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!

Black pleat FC dress ruffles and pleats

 

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.

FC white pleat top ruffles and pleatsOr 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.

H&M pleated trousers ruffles and pleatsBHS’s cobalt blue pleat maxi dress (£60) is a summer essential for holidays or that summer wedding.

BHS pleat dress ruffles and pleatsBack 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.

Ruffle gold BHS dress ruffles and pleatsNew Look’s simple chevron stripe ruffle bottom top (£14.99) is another 1970s trend-piece that you need in your summer wardrobe.

New look ruffle top ruffles and pleats

 

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.

New Look pleat skirt ruffles and pleatsDorothy Perkins @ BHS have captured the essence of 1970s cool with this blue chambray style ruffle front pussy bow blouse (£30). Adorable!

Dorothy Perkins @ BHS blouse ruffles and pleatsThis 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).

bird print H&M ruffle top ruffles and pleatsBack 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)

Debenhams pleat top ruffles and pleatsBut 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.

H&M ruffle sleeve tops ruffles and pleatsRuffles and pleats, your choice, or both?!

AW15 textures

Autumn Winter fashion is just THE BEST. Yeah, summer’s all very well, but let’s be honest, in this country we get much more wear out of our Autumn/Winter wardrobe, agreed? And, it’s full of the loveliest textures ever. Yep, we are all about the textures in this post. Think fur, leather, sequins, wool, and much more.

Textures give our Autumn/Winter wardrobes that cosy depth that we all desire when the nights get shorter and the temperatures drop.

This season, mix your textures – create outfits full of 3-D textural magic that people will not only marvel at but will actually Want. To. Touch. (Which might be a bit creepy, granted…)

So, textures – which textures? How about the most luxurious of them all, leather? Or fake leather, which is perfect on a budget. Mix your leather with wool, add some fun accessories, create colour palettes in autumnal colours, and don’t be afraid to flaunt your textures.

Textures for AW15 oneClockwise, from top left: Faux leather burgundy dress, £38, BHS, faux leather leggings, £60, French Connection, patent leather trousers, £149.99, Studio @ H&M, patchwork leather skirt, £55, ‘suedette’  wrap skirt, £28, BHS, leather and suede skirt, £79.99, H&M, glitter heel ankle boots, £44.99, New Look, pom pom cap, £14.99, H&M

Winter coats in mixed textures are the perfect way to indulge in this sort of autumnal dressing. And we love the idea of a woolen biker jacket, a reversible pile coat, and thos big old fake fur collars.

textures for AW15 threeClockwise, from top left: Reversible pile coat, £59.99, H&M, suede fringed jacket, £120, BHS, white fur collar coat, £tbc, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, sheepskin coat, £49.99, New Look, mixed textures biker jacket, £39.99, H&M, funnel neck mixed textures coat, £180, Todd Lynn @ Debenhams, brown fur collar coat, £189, French Connection, checked wool bikerjacket, £49.99, H&M

Embrace all the textures at once and create a gorgeous, autumnal outfit that is stylish and fun. Choose a colour palette and mix a crepe skirt, with a wool sweater, a gilet in fur or wool, a bobble hat in mixed textures, a textural bag, and a great pair of shoes!

textures for AW15 twoClockwise, from top left: Fake fur gilet, £45, Red herring @ Debenhams, crepe front split midi skirt, £35, JOY, fur bobble hat, £17.50, White Stuff, wool and fur padded gilet, £59.95, GAP, orange suede fringed bag, £59.99, H&M, two texture shoes, £48, Schuh, navy roll-neck, £29.99, H&M, multi fur scarf, £19.99, H&M

Party wear is full of textures too – think velvets, chiffons and sequins. And again- mix it up! A chiffon backed sweater is unexpected and fun, as are lace panels in sweaters and skirts.

textures AW15 fiveClockwise, from top left: Sequin flared jumpsuit, £180, French Connection, chiffon backed sweater, £75, French Connection, velvet jacket, £75, White Stuff, lace insert midi skirt £65, JOY, satin flared trousers, £39.99, H&M, lace detail sweater, £35, JOY, crushed velvet bodycon dress, £9.99, New Look, scuba pink and black skirt, £39.99, H&M

And the best way to add different textures to your winter wardrobe? Accessories. Shoes, hats, scarves, and bags. And feather capes of course!

textures AW15 fourClockwise, from top left: Leopard print fake fur clutch, £24.99, New Look, glitter star bag, £19.99, New Look,  black fur clutch, £7.99, H&M, grey feather clutch, £19.99, New Look,  burgundy pom pom shoes, £22.99, New Look, fur lined knee high boots, £95, White Stuff, green suede and wool cap, £29.99, Studio @ H&M, fur headband, £17.50, White Stuff, feather cape, £50, Jenny Packham No1 @ Debenhams, velvet and metallic boots, £29.99, New Look, velvet plum bag, £29.95, White Stuff