Ruffles, Britney Spears, and the Ultimate Fashion No-No

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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 :)

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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.

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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.

The accessories include this vintage leather bag I found at Buffalo Exchange.  See another way I styled it HERE.  You can also check out these Louis Vuitton Show Shoes in my Christmas Styling Post!

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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