WHY WE LOVE IT
Whether they're framing the face or spiraling off the hips, architectural ruffles build the foundation of a dramatic evening look. These stiff, austere waves are more modern than the floppier furls of past seasons, making this feminine detail feel new again.
HOW TO WEAR IT
Ruffles act as their own accessory, so there's no need to trot out your jewels. If they're snaking around your neck or cascading down your shoulder, pull your hair back in a sleek style so it doesn't interfere. These oversize undulations go nicely with pumps or sandals in a complementary—yet not matching-color.
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Joe Fresh Top
Cotton, $29; joefresh.com for stores.
Cotton, $50; hm.com for stores.
Vince Camuto Skirt
Vince Camuto Skirt, $89 BUY IT
Charlotte Olympia Pumps
Silk-satin, $895; 212-744-1842
Rebecca Taylor Dress
Wool, $325; rebeccataylor.com for stores.
Christian Louboutin Clutch
Satin, $895; us.christianlouboutin.com for stores.