First, transparency: I can’t remember for the life of me where I saw that frills were trending, but it struck enough of a chord for me to jot down a note.
It’s not out of thin air. Visiting some of my favorite online retailers for spring, I found light-as-air dresses with puffy, piled-high shoulders; flouncy, feminine blouses and dresses with ruffled collars, sleeves, and tiers; even some of the handbags and shoes have ruffles.
Ruffled, frilled, and ribbony jewelry may be less abundant but is actually very of the moment. There’s a rising demand—and an equally rising supply—of sculptural silver jewelry à la Elsa Peretti: this collection by fine jewelry newcomer Kloto; a collection of rings by British designer Liv Luttrell; and a recent line from Aurate x Halston.
The beauty of these styles lies in their ability to be so convincing in the absence of glitter. Even the most discerning gem hounds can be persuaded by bold metal, especially when it makes such a statement in the absence of diamonds or colored stones.
Styles like these are certainly metal heavy, so sterling silver or gold-plated varieties will serve the masses with gusto. There are gorgeous gold varieties, too, many of them more delicate, but with no less sculptured detail.
And yet, some jewelers have done “more is more” with perfection, crafting ribbonlike styles with rich gemstones for irresistible jewels.
Pair these with your puffy Seinfeld shirts, your flirty, frilly dresses, or a plain white tee—while fashion currently dictates a love for frills, these pieces are timeless.
Top: Ruffle Those Feathers earrings in 14k gold–plated brass, $250; Oblik Atelier
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