Permit me a moment to be just a bit grinchy, as there is currently a trending fashion that I can’t seem to digest: ruffles. Sure, there are many women who can pull them off beautifully—and that, I admire greatly (I promise I’m not judging if you love ruffles). But me? I end up feeling (and probably looking) like Little Bo Peep got her hands on the puffy shirt from Seinfeld. I suppose it all comes down to the fact that I don’t gravitate towards styles that feel, to me, overtly sweet (don’t get me wrong, I love girly things, but have limits).
And yet, on the hunt for a new summer wardrobe, ruffles are everywhere (look at this feature from Intermix, for example). I find a few things I like and—wouldn’t ya know it—some part of it is ruffled.
So what’s a girl to do? Break her no-ruffle rule and sacrifice her fashion principles for one potentially great outfit? I mean…yeah, probably.
But if that’s the case, jewelry is vital: I’d counteract the trend’s voluminous layers with sleek, straight lines—some with pointed edges or sharp angles, others softer, but still anchoring the foofy frills. Or, if you would prefer to inject a more masculine element, seek bold, chunky jewels—but be careful not to go too big, or you run the risk of having too much look. If your customers are anything like me (is it a possibility that I’m not that weird?) you’ll want to offer these to them, too—actually, even if they’re not like me, you’ll still want to get in on this. Who could resist?
Metro ring in oxidized silver, 18k, and 22k yellow gold with tourmaline and vesuvianite, price on request; Alison Antelman
Fireworks earrings in yellow gold with pink sapphires and diamonds, price on request; Suzanne Kalan
Rebecca bracelet in 14k yellow gold with Victorian seed pearl crescent moon, $3,800; Anabel Higgins
Ring in sterling silver, 22k yellow gold, and platinum 8.4 ct. cabochon tanzanite and 0.02 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, price on request; Atelier Zobel
Dangling spike earrings in 18k black rhodium with 1.23 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $7,600; Borgioni
Identity rings in 18k yellow and rose gold with black and champagne diamonds, price on request; Nada G
Scarlet Empress earrings, price on request; Lydia Courteille
Branch earrings in 18k rose gold with 0.24 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $3,490; Dana Bronfman
Cleo statement ring in rose gold with blue lapis and diamonds, $3,100; Marli
Ladder earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.64 cts. t.w. diamonds, $9,130; Doryn Wallach
Ring in 14k yellow gold with 14.45 cts. t.w. bicolor tourmaline and 0.43 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,500; Rock & Gems Jewelry
Teardrop bar hoop earrings in 14k rose gold with black quartz, $3,750; Jacquie Aiche
Luna ring, $400; Pearl Collective X Veronika Borchers
Triple Starburst earrings in 18k white gold with moonstones and 1.27 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $8,728; M. Spalten Jewelry