I’m not really a ‘frilly’ person… I prefer clean cuts and simple silhouettes. That said, some of the frills and ruffles that are currently out there are so extreme, they are bordering on abstract and I kinda like that. The larger the frill, the more dramatic and appealing they become (to me, at least).
This current trend got me thinking about a blouse given to me (although I think it’s ‘on loan’?) by a glamorous Aunt, with multiple, Pierrot-style frills. I have always admired a photo of her from the 80s wearing this blouse… she looks very Bianca Jagger-ish in it.
It’s quite OTT, as things often were in the 80s. I am not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to step out in this blouse – it certainly would turn heads at the school gates!!! But if I did find the right occasion, then I would wear it with dark, flared jeans or wide-legged, black trousers. The lower shape needs to be kept to a minimum to counter-balance all the fuss and flounce up top.
Flamenco frills and romantic ruffles are set to be a mainstay for the next couple of seasons. Even Ra-Ra skirts from the 80s are back on the scene – all grown up into maxi, midi or asymmetrical versions!
If, like me, all these frills and ruffles lean towards the saccharine for you, then toughen them up with masculine elements – blouses with tailored trousers and mannish brogues; skirts with a simple crew neck top or crisp, plain shirt.
Have you got your frill-on yet? How frilly did you go? As always, I’d love to hear from you!