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Chloé ruffled cotton top ($950)
Remember when Jerry wore the puffy shirt on that episode of Seinfeld? (Indeed, it has its own Wikipedia entry.) Good news: The ruffles of 2013 have come a long way in 20 years. (Yep, 20.)
For the final (and refreshingly femme) segment of our Spring Trends 2013 Guide, we?re reclaiming the ruffle. And our version is soft, elegant and surprisingly mature. Here?s how to wear them, whether your style leans runway or real way.
Right Off the Runway For anyone over age 9, frills can be daunting (you don?t want to play ?Who Wore It Best?? with your niece?s Easter outfit), but in sophisticated proportions, they?re an easy dose of airy style. We fell in love with Chloé?s spring 2013 runway and don't plan on waiting until after Memorial Day to wear this dress ($1,395) or top ($950) is simply stunning. Marni?s voluminous ruffles look effortless (as in this detailed dress, $1,161, and jacket, $1,395), while Altuzarra plays with the still-popular peplum in this black-and-white number ($2,125).
Reel It In Aside from the oversize ripples launched at fashion week, there?s a slightly subtler ruffle to be worn this season. Rebecca Taylor?s silk blouse ($233) and Cynthia Rowley?s dress ($385) offer hints of frill without a flair for the overdramatic. This Rhyme Los Angeles trench ($74) is a must-have for April showers, and BCBG Max Azria?s back-drape skirt ($298) is perfect for a springtime wedding. Ruffles have even found their way into accessories like these wear-anywhere J.Crew flats ($158) and this Kayu clutch ($211).
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