MOD Society Magazine Triad: July/August 2022 Triad: July/August 2022 - Page 33


We have been living in a time of romance and whimsy in fashion , and it has lasted through more warm-weather seasons than I ’ d like to count . Call it boho chic , cottage core or rufflemania — it ’ s still happening .
If your style is romantic , and you like a feminine aspect to everything you wear , then you have been one happy fashion consumer . The designers can ’ t seem to have too many ruffles , tiers or puffed sleeves as part of their dresses and tops .
Maybe it all started with “ Downton Abbey ,” or perhaps it was influenced by other shows such as “ Bridgerton ,” “ The Queen ” or “ The Gilded Age .” And it looks like this trend is here to stay .
While I think that some of this look can be executed in a chic , elegant way , for the most part I find it too young and girly , cartoonish and silly . In fact , if you look at the shape of many of the dresses with puff sleeves , it ’ s not hard to imagine a Minnie Mouse head . I haven ’ t been able to shake that image , and I see it in my mind almost every time I look at one of these dresses .
To better understand this trend ’ s staying power , I decided to look into the history of ruffles in fashion and apparel . My historical investigation uncovered some surprising results . For example , while we think of ruffles as feminine and delicate , their history is quite the contrary . During the 15th century , soldiers slashed their sleeves creating a ruffled look . These “ ruffles ” served as a symbol that the soldiers had returned from war — not such a delicate origin after all !
I don ’ t see this trend going anywhere in the foreseeable future , so remember that feminine touches can be lovely , but too many ruffles , puffs and tiers wear you , and that ’ s rarely flattering . As with any trend , the Dress Code Style mantra applies : Less is more .
– Maribeth Geraci , DressCode Style www . dresscodestyle . us