Ruffles are everywhere this season, but if you don’t know how to wear them correctly this seemingly harmless trend can easily add 10-20 pounds to your figure (and that’s before indulging in a single slice of pumpkin pie!)

However, if you do know how to wear ruffles to your advantage, they can add a fun kick to any outfit and set you apart from the pack.  The main thing to remember about this trendy trimming is that ruffles will ALWAYS add bulk anywhere you place them on your body.  So if you’re one of those lucky and rare souls who needs to pack some pounds around your hips, wearing anything ruffly around your derriere is the way to go.  However, if you’re just a regular gal like most of us – trying to enjoy life and forget about the leftover Halloween candy you ate when you thought no one was looking, you’ve come to the right blog.  Here’s how to have your cake (or Snickers bar) and eat it too- when it comes to adding ruffles to your wardrobe…

Location, location, location!  Location is key when employing this frilly, girth-giving embellishment.  As you can see in the before photo of Ruth below, ruffles placed across her stomach and hips make her look sizes bigger – not to mention years older and “style-challenged” to boot. (and I’m not just saying that because she’s my sister).  In the “after” photo she’s simply moved those ruffles up to less-problematic area of the body and voila – she’s looking like the new spokesmodel for Jenny Craig!   Not to mention she’s got her style back and has just subtracted 10 years off her birth certificate.

Before The Fashion Code

Before The Fashion Code

After The Fashion Code

After The Fashion Code

Note that the “before” outfit cost a whopping $1200 – which goes to show that spending a lot of money on your clothes does not always guarantee style.  However, knowing how to wear the latest styles and trends is … priceless.

6 replies
  1. ruth
    ruth says:

    Thanks for the great comments! We frequently talk about doing a clothing line. Like our clients, customers and friends, we’re tired of digging through racks of clothing that are designed for supermodels and the super-wealthy. Well proportioned, stylish and affordable clothing should be the norm – not the exception! Well, guess that’s another thing on our “to-do” list. Too bad there aren’t more hours in a day!!

    xo Ruth

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  2. Bettina Thompson
    Bettina Thompson says:

    Wow, simply amazing!! Now if you two could come up with your own line of flattering clothing, we would be all set! Great work, and thanks for all of the great tips! Bettina

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  3. KIM H.
    KIM H. says:

    That’s a really good point – I never really thought about ruffles adding so much extra ME. But now that you point it out and have those two photos I can really see what you mean. This is a good site. I hope to see more info like this as it’s really helpful.

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