Get the Fall 09 Trend of Ruffled Sweaters for Less

by on Saturday, July 4th, 2009
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Ruffle Neck Bandage Sweater Top : Under $20.00

Ruffle Neck Bandage Sweater Top : Under $20.00

I’ve been noticing a lot of ruffled sweaters, ruffled cardigans, ruffled shirts… ruffles are really taking over! And it’s not that ruffles are bad, not at all. I think they’re very cute, often romantic (cue a dreamy sigh here), and a nice way to make an otherwise boring shirt have some added flair. And really, who doesn’t like some more flair? (Occasionally some celebrities go too far with the flair… see: Bai Ling in most anything she’s ever worn.)

Ruffly inspiration! Photo by audreyjm529 on Flickr

Ruffly inspiration! Photo by audreyjm529 on Flickr

Here at She’s Smart we focus on deals under $100.00. So while a really nice ruffled top from J-Crew can be very pretty, we’d rather not spend $88.00 on it. J-Crew actually has a LOT of new ruffled tops right now, but most are a tiny bit overpriced. This is where you sigh dejectedly, knowing you really would like a cute ruffly blouse, but don’t want to spend THAT much on it. Well, this is luckily also where I come in to tell you I’ve looked around to see where you can find this look for less. It’s what I do. :) The best way to get this ruffled trend is to buy a sleeveless version of the ruffled top.

Pair this with a cardigan. Merona® Collection Ruffle Bow Top - Honest Purple

Pair this with a cardigan. Merona® Collection Ruffle Bow Top - Honest Purple

Ruffle Bow Top from Target. Also check out the Sleeveless Ruffle Top with tummy flattering vertical lines formed by a tie at the top. Pair either of these tops under a cardigan. Fashion Mistake: Please skip the Go International Ruffle Sweater because it looks cheap and droop… and like weird worms are dangling off the shirt! No one should wear that. It is not attractive.

The same goes for the first picture of the Arden B Ruffle Neck Sweater Top. Style Tip: Note that this top might be too clingy, so if you’re self-conscious about your stomach I’d make sure to try it on and be totally confident in it before purchasing. Something you love and buy but don’t feel comfortable wearing is something you’ll probably never actually wear outside of your house.

Ruffle Knit Blouse & Satin Ruffle Top

Ruffle Knit Blouse & Satin Ruffle Top

The Ruffle Knit Blouse and Satin Ruffle Top are both from Charlotte Russe. They have good deals, but I cannot stress how much you should probably not be wearing their stuff if you’re 25+. Their items are geared for a younger style set, is all. It really depends on what you think, though. Style Tip: If you opt for the Satin top, make sure to pair it with a cardigan that looks fancy enough to match.

Belldini Women's 3/4-length Cascading Ruffle Cardigan

Belldini Women's 3/4-length Cascading Ruffle Cardigan

Lastly, there’s these ruffle cardigans on sale from Overstock. This combines the trend of ruffles with the trend of long cardigans – so it’s a pretty good deal. Style Tip: You’ll be tempted to get the gray cardigan, reasoning that it’ll match everything. Nope. You’re spending around $40.00 on this, make it count. Get the pink cardigan because it looks prettier and it’ll stand out more. Make it work (like Tim Gunn says) with all sorts of other items that you have. When you pair it with different pants or skirts, it can look entirely different. Ruffle Cascade Cardigans are adored by many!

Have you found a ruffled top under $100.00 that you want to share? Let me know in the comments.

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