Spring Essential: Chic (And Affordable!) Ruffled Pieces

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Spring Essential: Chic (And Affordable!) Ruffled Pieces
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Now that Spring is officially here, it’s time to assess the many—many!—looks that were displayed on the season’s runways—and gauge which trends are worth investing in this season.

While some—artful floral motifs, crisp white separates, black and white pattern play—surely will have mass appeal, others might take a little getting used to. Such as? Spring’s chic ruffled pieces. 

Hemlines, collars, sleeves, shoulder detailing, and everything in between received the fluted treatment on Spring 2013 runways from labels such as Balenciaga, Chloe, and Givenchy—all of which managed to reinterpret feminine ruffles in a chic, structured way.

The trick to pulling off ruffles like a pro (as opposed to looking like you’re manically channeling Carmen Miranda or your 4-year-old self), is to choose one flouncy piece and keep the rest of your look super-basic, bordering on minimalist. For example, take a top with oversized ruffles at the sleeves and tuck it into simple cropped jeans or trousers, and pair with a simple pointed pump. For ruffled skirts and shorts, temper the sweetness with crisp button-downs or basic solid T-shirts.

Since ruffles are absolutely one of our top trends of the season (okay fine, we’re borderline obsessed) we’ve compiled 14 essential pieces to buy now that’ll add just the right amount of stand-out appeal to ordinary tops, dresses, and bottoms.

Click through the gallery and start shopping!

MORE: Spring 2013 Fashion Breakdown: The Season’s Most Wearable Trends

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  • Spring Essential: Chic (And Affordable!) Ruffled Pieces

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  • Spring Essential: Chic (And Affordable!) Ruffled Pieces

    Kyoto Ruffled Top, $105; at Pixie Market

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    Carmen Ruffle Skirt, $49.95; at Anthropologie

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    Ruffle Dress, $29.99; at Mango 

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    Amelia Ruffle Top, $85; at Pixie Market 

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    Karen Walker Organza Astonished Top; at Karen Walker

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    Prabal Gurung for Target Ruffle Front Blouse, $24.50; at Target

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    Top with Frilled Sleeve, $59.90; at Zara

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    Oh My Love Ruffled Crop Top, $19.95; at ASOS

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    Viva Vena! Tiered Ruffle Top, $68; at Nordstrom

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    Friends & Associates Ruffle Sleeve Top, $185; at Shopbop

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    Free People x Film Noir Dress, $148; at Free People

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    Top With Ruffled Back, $36.50; at ASOS

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    Selena Ruffle Sweatshirt, $39.99; at Necessary Clothing

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    Maaji Spumoni Boutique Ruffled Bikini Top, $67; at Nordstrom (Bottom, $67)

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    Mura Top, $38; at Need Supply Co.

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    T-Shirt with Ruffle Sleeves, $16.90; at Zara

  • Spring Essential: Chic (And Affordable!) Ruffled Pieces

    Gabriella Rocha Amaryne Silky Romper, $44.99; at 6pm

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