The ruffle neckline is my current favourite way to update my office look the Winter. Victorian-inspired ruffle necklines were spotted all over the catwalk this season and according to The Blonde Salad (who’s blog I love btw), everyone from Chanel to Valentino has given us their take on this trend for AW16/17. Whilst I adore the trend, wearing ruffles or lace to the office requires careful consideration, you don’t want to look like you stepped back in time and have arrived at the office as a Victorian school governess.
A ruffle neckline to the office?
Colleagues have remarked that I look like I am going to court when I wear this sweatshirt (for those of you that do not know, I am a lawyer). They consider it looks similar to formal court attire here in the UK because of the collar, which I find quite amusing.
I love this ruffle neckline sweatshirt, I kept the colours in the rest of the outfit solid so that I didn’t go too OTT. The ruffle neckline a really easy way to update your look for the office as most of us aren’t wearing high necklines to the office every day and it’s something different to the typical, shirt/turtleneck/sweater staples I usually reach for in winter and is certainly less formal than wearing a suit.
Ruffles, ruffles everywhere
As the neckline on the sweatshirt is slightly higher because of the ruffles, you can afford to wear a slightly shorter skirt than normal. I wouldn’t suggest you wear this neckline with a pencil skirt because I think this it needs some balance on the bottom to keep the look current. I’ve paired the ruffle neckline sweatshirt with a trumpet hem skirt from Zara and finished it off with glossy tights of ideally 60 denier, these ones from Wolford are my current fave and they feel amazing.
The ruffle along the hem is a muted way to wear the trend on your bottom half too and I’ve received lots of compliments on this skirt. It’s a stretchy knit-blend material which is very comfortable and forgiving, originally from Zara and it’s my current favourite skirt and was really reasonably priced.
Playful trends for winter
I think it’s important to inject a bit of life into your work wear certainly during a potentially drab and dull Winter. I personally think it’s easier to do when it’s colder because you can wear more pieces and layer things. This ruffle neckline is a really easy way to inject some fun into your outfit without investing too much money or time trying to figure it out. If you hadn’t already gathered that the ruffle neckline on this sweater is actually a fake (gasp!) then M&S have done their job. It’s a removable neckline so that you can wear it with the sweatshirt or on its own – two tops in one, genius!
These booties are my current favourite, they’re from Zara, although they don’t have them in stock anymore unfortunately – their stock changes so frequently!
What do you think? Stuffy or stylish?