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Lydia's Look for Less: reinvented ruffles

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It only takes a single scroll through the Summer Dress section of ASOS to see that ruffle are set to be the dream for summer 2018.

Ruffles are already proving to be a key player in our warm-weather wardrobes. Some would argue they’re practically a necessity. And this year the designers seem to agree.

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Ruffles have never been 'out' exactly, but they've definitely had their relegated space amongst short dressed and and cutesey blouses. But ruffles are no longer just for that childhood nostalgia, they’ve done some serious growing up.

Erdem added a flirty edge with their sheer green lace ruffled dress and kept it sophisticated with a ladylike floral lilac dress that had just the right amount of sheer and ruffles. At Alexander McQueen the ruffled dresses were short, sassy with a red and black flamenco vibe. Preen combined ice cream pastels with ruffles for the ultimate feminine spring look.

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And it’s not just the dresses that have gained a ruffled edge. All over Simone Rocha’s show were beautiful silk white ruffled shirts paired with white ruffled trousers and at Chloe, ruffles met the wild west in the most elegant way.

Maxi dress

Christopher Kane’s take on the summer ruffles was a decadent and edgy floral dress made entirely of ruffles in a refreshingly sophisticated summer colour palette emerald, white and greys.

ASOS have a created a great lookalike piece for £75.00 that incorporates seasonal florals with plenty of ruffle, the long sleeves and peek-a-boo back make this a must-have addition to your summer wardrobe.

This dress will also work well in cooler spring days or keep it for autumn and pair with white heeled boots and a smart trench coat.

Assymestric ruffles

For Valentino’s finale, an elegant pink ruffle dress graced the runway but whilst the dress is stunning, it’s not exactly practical to incorporate into out wardrobes.

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A great way to get this one shoulder ruffle into your outfits is through this pretty Boohoo top for £13.

This top is so versatile: easily paired  with kick flare cords or this season’s dark denim jeans and heeled boots for ultra 70s vibes.

Alternatively, for the ultimate summer look, this top will work really well with a printed skirt in vivid pinks and reds.

Ruffled flares

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Simone Rocha’s show presented head to toe white silk ruffle outfits, however you don’t need to wear ruffles all over to fully embrace the trend.

At Nasty Gal for £20 there is a great pair of white ruffle trousers.

For cool summer evenings these trousers will look great with floral shirts and wedged sandals.

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