24 Feb 2010

Tame Those Drapes And Ride Those Ruffles! - With My 3rd Style Dispensary Session On Texture

This is the final part in my series of 3 Style posts offering up to the minuite Style advice on colour, pattern and shape.With the tribal, cowgirl and the very femine all set to be strong trends for 2010, it really is no surprise and some may say a bit of relief given the starkness of the utillity trend that ruffles and draping have a huge impact on clothing this spring /summer 2010!

Texture reigns supreme and adds volume, movement and real style Kudos!Here's some inspiration. Which will be followed by my hot tips on working this trend. p.s give yourself a head start and get in on the texture trend by entering the Topshop scarf giveaway details top right of my sidebar!


Keeping things sheer, means that even the tiniest ladies can wear this trend, loving the vertical take on the ruffle, so flattering.

Whoa fabulous, but shimmer and supersized  ruffles on us mere mortals? I think not!

Anne Hathaway, wears the trend beautifully, need to look extra glam? Look to your ruffles, love the juxta postioning between the cutway edge and the waterfall of ruffles sooo elegant and very flattering to the legs.

Fringing in hot colours adds real decadence as well as keying into both tribal and cowgirl trends, so double the value for money!

Swirly rosette ruffles, brides rejoice it's your season, to be over the top romantic!

The tribal look has influenced texturised hot colours, which can be a little hard to pull off unless you are very tall!

I adore this ruffles and stripes top drama pared down

And this mushroom satin shift top, looks sooo elegant with its collar of ruffles and pintuck centre

Kimono draping, can be very flattering for women wanting to soften angular lines on their body, great for evening and special occasion wear. Look at her fairy tale boots, she must have flown here specially!

Some times simple is best, let the fabric do the talking designer style

Grey is so under rated!

Hot  Tips For Wearing Texture This s/s

1. Understand your frame, do you have strong angle i.e, hip bones that need softening then go for draping/ruffles in your skirt. Sporty builds steer clear of rigid ruffles and look for fluid items that move and create curve.

2.Don't mix pattern and texture neutrals tones work best, or sheer colours, mix materials of the same weight, to prevent you looking like your about to attend a wedding! Let shoes and makeup add a pop of colour.

3. Don't wear ruffles from head to foot, it will take away from your height and make you look to try hard.

4.Wear hot textures in small amounts, for a playful addition to your wardrobe.

5. Unlike the trend for mixing pattern which looks fabulous don't make the mistake of mixing textures it looks to try hard and you can end up looking more of a clown than a diva!

6.Have fun, with the trend, there will be a piece to suit every bodyshape, you just need to hunt it down.

Up Next Your Personal Style Dilemmas/questions  in These 3 Areas Answered, Watch Out For It, We Are Gonna Have Fun!

Sharon x

Madame, these ruched sleeves, elevate your look and balance your body, tres bon!


Raquel said...

especially anne hathaway..lovely dress!

kisses from brazil


VM Creation Atelier said...

I like these post very,very much,because here all things that I adore about!!!-)*

Also beautiful shoose with a liitle roses and really amazing ruffels allover!!!

Thank you for share,my dear stilysh lady!-)***

Love and hugs,


Unknown said...

The little girl is so cute! I love her dress. Colour is gorgeous! I want one for me :-)

Unknown said...

Scarlet O Hara. Oh how I love Gone With the Wind. Great post Sharon.
Would you like to be interviewed on my blog - for the style file features I'm doing? xx

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

I love Anne Hathaway's dress!! Where is that black and white striped shirt from??

FrenchBlue said...

Love your textures and ruffles over here! Hey You! Thanks for being YOU!!

Duchess of Tea said...

Sharon darling ruffles are what’s missing from my wardrobe. I admire it on others and then shy away from it myself. I promise to include a ruffle or two when I go out shopping. Darling, how is Aaron doing? Hope life is treating all of you marvellously.

Love & Hugs

Laura Trevey said...

Gone with the Wind is my all time favorite movie!! Such a classic!

xoxo Laura

caroline joy said...

OMG -- Anne Hathaway's dress is a work of art! i would hang it in my house just to look at it everyday!

Nina said...


That is my most fave scene from that movie!

Unknown said...

Fab tips! I love Gone with the wind, have the dvd. Suzie. xxx

LyddieGal said...

I love wearing ruffles... so much! They are certianly one of my favorites.

Anne Hathaway's dress makes me swoon.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Hot pink fringe??? YES please! Gorgeous post!

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