Ruffles abound this Spring in fashion. What’s most ironic about the trend is how sexy it is. There is definitely something provocative about a woman dressed in fashion fit for a little girl. Last year, while in Asia, I noticed the Japanese obsession with doll-like, cartoonish trends. Grown women and teenagers alike were all dressed up like dolls. And who can forget the sexy school-girl costumes worn by Britney Spears in her “Hit me Baby, One More Time” Video? It’s a trend that never loses it’s sex appeal, no matter how many times it is done. Here’s a “school-girl” look of my own
Ruffles, like the school-girl look, have an inherent, innocent allure to them. I have been rocking the ruffle trend since I was a little girl. Every Sunday my mother dressed me up in giant ruffled dresses with matching bonnets and ruffled bloomers. I’m told that I liked the ruffles on my underwear so much that I would go to the bathroom and turn them around so the ruffles were on the front and I could see them (essentially turning my ruffled bloomers into a thong). Much to my mothers chagrin, modesty was never my strong point.
A funny story about the coat I am wearing in this post: My best friend Maria got the same one in Camel from Intermix for her birthday a few years back. A few weeks after I saw her in it, I was shopping at Intermix for a much needed black coat. I tried every style they had, but only liked the way THIS one fit. Maria and I happen to share a stylist, Charles Shipley. He conspired in my copying her style and assured me that she would forgive me in the end. So, I committed the ultimate “No-No” in Fashion, but can you blame me? Imitation is the best form of flattery, after all!
I love the vintage skirt I am wearing, particularly the leather detailing above the pockets. The ruffled top is actually a vintage teddy I turned into a plunging top! I love to layer lace-y teddies and bustiers under blazers for day.
Coat: Mara Hoffman, Blouse: Vintage Teddy, Skirt: Vintage from www.Mafalda-NY.com, Scarf: Vintage, Earrings: Vintage, Belt: Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Handbag: Vintage, Tights: Legg’s, Shoes: Louis Vuitton
Photography by Chris Knight, www.ChrisKnightPhoto.com
Styling by Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com