If the mere mention of frills sends a shudder down your spine, we understand. Frills say fussy. Frills say overly feminine. Frills evoke memories of the dress that your mom bought you when you were eight, the one that made you look like a human cupcake…

We get it! In the era where minimalism and the ‘I woke up like this’ brand of Parisian cool rules, it’s hard to imagine a ruffle on your clothing as, well, fresh. But how wrong we all were. Forget ruffles of the past (yes, the trend dates all the way back to the 15th century) and look at frills with a fresh perspective.

For SS16, the frill has been been reinvented into one of the slickest, chicest shapes of the season.

image-1First spotted at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s final show for Balenciaga, frills have gone through a few transformations before the latest rendition. Prada and Gucci, under the reign of Allesandro Michele, served us frills on a geek-chic girl. Chloe and Erdem’s frills were those of a bohemian fantasy, with long and floating frills trailing from the hems of prairie girl dresses.

But the frill of the future is clean cut, chic. A delicate and perfectly formed wave at the neckline of a structured top, a delicate detail on a dress that means business. It’s a constructed frill, one that brings a fresh and decidedly charming air to modern pieces.

image-2Are you warming up to the idea yet? Cause we’re all in. So let’s move away from dreamy runway imagery and get straight to the style advice. The key to rocking the flounce in 2016 is to keep things fierce as opposed to frou-frou.

A constructed frill adds just the right amount of daytime drama to your go-to boyfriend jeans, while a bodycon gets the Bad Girl Riri treatment with the addition of a ruffle and another key SS16 accesory – the choker.

image-3Another key style tip: Play with proportions. The more exaggerated the frill, the more structured the rest of your look should be. A frilly blouse gets paired with a polished pencil skirt and low-key heels (bonus points for a block heel). Those flares you bought last summer while celebrating the boho spirit that took the world by storm? A ruffled crop top is its sartorial (tailored) soul mate this season.

Now let’s talk colour. While all shades are certainly welcome, we advise steering away from saccharine shades of pastels and pinks. The unexpectedness of masculine blues and monarchial whites perfectly balances the feminine nature of the frill. Looking for a print? Say it with stripes. The clean and fuss-free nature of lines elongates the look.

So Who Are The Key Players This Season?

The Cami

the-camiSee what we meant when we talked stripes? This is the cool-girl injection that your favourite pair of trousers needs. Best paired with a summer glow and a relaxed attitude.

The Jumpsuit

the-jumpsuitUtility takes a backseat (this time) and the jumpsuit goes from easy to full-on elegance. That dramatic scoop is just waiting to show off your collarbones.

The Swimsuit

the-swimsuitYes, this trend is kind of too great to leave at home. Hit up the beach with a frill that’s both forgiving and flirtatious. 

The Skirt

the-skirtWe’ve been talking tops a lot, but let’s not forget that the frills trend applies pretty much everywhere. We love the combination of a structured skirt with an unexpected ruffle.


the-dressThe bodycon is back, and with the addition of an off-the-shoulder flounce. This is the frills-with-attitude approach that defines SS16.

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By Marieke Merts. Article originally published on Spree.