Ruffles, Lace and Florals for Fall?

photo from Stylelist.com

photo from Stylelist.com

As this ultra femmme/baby doll phase dies down, we still have a few trends to deal with. As I’ve said before, I like to look current while maintaining “my” look. Can the floral prints that have seeped into fall fashion fit my image? Can ruffles work for women over 25? Can lace look sophisticated? Well, only if they are toned down a few notches.

I can wear these trends in neutral colors; I can wear them in subdued fall colors such as aubergine, wine and tobacco; I can wear them if they have a modern art/abstract look. That’s all. Forget the over-sized floral embellishments, the tiny granny flowers and the frilly, frosted look–those will be passe by November!

The Milly (like this line more every season!) dress above fits the bill. Here are some other “do’s”–

 

Rebecca Taylor Flower Print Blouse

 

photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

Rebecca Taylor Ruffle Blouse

 

photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

Rebecca Taylor Moroccan Minidress

 

photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

T-Bags Printed Voile Top
photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

Tracy Reese Printed Silk Top
(loooove this one!)
photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

And, here are some “dont’s”–

Alice + Olivia Ruffled Lace Dress
photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

Alice + Olivia Ruffled Satin Blouse
photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

Robert Rodriguez Flower Shirt
photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

T-Bags Ruffled Layered Top
photo from Neiman Marcus

photo from Neiman Marcus

Ta-ta for now!