How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)

Happy #fashionwednesday!! It’s another HUMP DAY, and I have made my August goals, organized the crap out of all my new makeup (my live replay that goes over all the PR I got last week, price point, and how to use it is up here), and started planning for NYFW. It’s been a busy, busy week here at B&A HQ. Today’s style post is ALL about ruffled collars, why you need to own some tops that rock it, and where you can own this look. Let’s dive into it.


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How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)

How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)

So. What immediately comes to mind when I say, “ruffled collar”? I personally thought of Ron Weasley at the Yule Ball in his dress robes….and also my great grandmother in her Sunday best. AKA: not exactly the prettiest picture. I bought this top a little while ago and basically haven’t been able to put it down because I love it so much and I was honestly surprised that I like it as much as I do. 

There are tried-and-true rules to styling a cute ruffled collar without channeling an 84 year old woman (unless that’s like your thing). Here they are:

How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)


Ok. So ruffled crocheted or lace collars aren’t usually something I jam with because I instantly think early 1900s. I go away from that type of pattern and tend to gravitate towards floral or solid colors. They are a little bit more modern, which is exactly what you want with this style. 

How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)


You can go for an off the shoulder look with ruffles (see tops below), or like the one I’m wearing: more of a v-neck with a tie and ruffles going down the center. I would stay away from anything with a turtleneck type neckline with ruffles. It’s typically outdated and doesn’t really do much for any body shape. Instead take a look at what your body shape IS and tailor it to that. Go for a ruffled scoop neck if you are straight up and down, a v neck for a more hourglass body shape, off the shoulders for apple/pear type bodies. At the end of the day though, just make sure you can see your neck regardless of the neckline so you don’t get swallowed whole in the ruffles.

How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)


You don’t want to drown in your ruffles. One-two layers of ruffles is usually plenty when it comes to tops. Anymore than that and you lose body shape and figure, or look larger than you are. For skirts, however, 3-4 layers of ruffles can be acceptable. I always go for one-two no matter what, so that I don’t get lost in the fabric.

Ruffles can be SO CUTE, especially when done right. I’m obsessed with the off-the-shoulder ruffle trend I’ve been seeing everywhere, and the ruffles-down-the-center situation that I’m wearing in this post. I think they are feminine, classy and add just the right touch to every outfit to dress it up a bit. A boring shirt instantly becomes exciting when you add a few ruffles to the center.


How To Style Ruffled Collars (But Not Like Your Grandma)

I hope this post helped you decide how to style that ruffled top you’ve got sitting in the back of your closet (or convinced you to pick up one of the cute ones in this post). 

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Ps: All these images were taken by Erin Stubblefield — she’s the bomb! Check out here website HERE.

Let me know what you thought in the comments below!!

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  1. Kathiey | 9th Aug 17

    I really like the entire outfit. I am a grandma and I would wear this and feel pretty. Thanks:-)

  2. Blackellis | 9th Aug 17

    This outfit looks really good on you! You might have convinced me to try this look 🙂

  3. Christina K. Rambo | 9th Aug 17

    I used to LOVE ruffles. Then, the went away for a while and now they are everywhere again! PLUS… florals — all my favorite things : )

  4. Nicole Green | 9th Aug 17

    This helped so much! I always worry about necklines like this.

  5. cara | 9th Aug 17

    Haha I love the title of this post. Also you styled this top well! It looks so cute paired with the white pants and neutral shoes!

  6. Sam | 9th Aug 17

    Ain’t nothing grandma about these ruffles! Love the peach!

  7. Jessica Collazo | 9th Aug 17

    Such a cute top,love the colors of the blause and how you style it.

  8. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 9th Aug 17

    Not drowning in ruffles is SO HUGE…ain’t nobody got time to look like a cupcake!! HA!

    Coming Up Roses

  9. Joanie @ One Dish Kitchen | 9th Aug 17

    I’ve been obsessed with florals lately!

  10. Kristen | 9th Aug 17

    Love these posts and your outfits! These were some seriously amazing tips 🙂

    Kristen |

  11. TUYET | 9th Aug 17

    I’m so into ruffles! They’re so feminine and pretty.

  12. Brittany N | 9th Aug 17

    Girl, your title alone made me want to read this post! 😀 And I love this look, so stinkin cute! xo

  13. Lily | 9th Aug 17

    You look so darn cute, girl! This top is adorable.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  14. ShootingStarsMag | 9th Aug 17

    Cute top! I’m loving the ruffles here.

  15. Molly | 9th Aug 17

    This look is so cute on you! I seriously always feel like a grandma when I try on a ruffled top. I’m loving how you styled this!

    Molly || Miss Molly Moon

  16. Mistle | 9th Aug 17

    Love this whole outfit!! I’m a fan of ruffles when they are done right. I completely agree that too many ruffles is a bit much.

  17. Beth | 9th Aug 17

    I love this top – I have a similar one and try to style it with contemporary accessories to avoid the “Grandma” look. It really is a beautiful top!

    Beth ||

  18. Sami | 10th Aug 17

    I agree you most definitely do not look like a grandma. I’ve flirted with ruffles in the past but I’ve never looked as good as you do here. But I’m learning, you’ll have me dressing well soon.

  19. elizabeth allcock | 10th Aug 17

    Beautiful outfit and photos! You definitely don’t look like a grandma!

  20. Brittany | 10th Aug 17

    I agree, the turtleneck ruffles are really difficult to pull off. Great outfit!

  21. Kaitlin | 10th Aug 17

    I always love your blog (I actually just subscribed!)!!! Great pics!!! Love me some ruffles!!! 🙂

    – Kaitlin

  22. Whitney | 10th Aug 17

    This is feminine and summery. I’m so in love with your hair, btw!

  23. Anna | 10th Aug 17

    Lol I love the name of this post! You styled this ruffle top so well – I love the floral print!

  24. Alexis | 10th Aug 17

    This look is so cute! I love the detail the ruffles add. Also, I’m totally obsessed with any white pant outfit. There’s something about white pants that just make an outfit!

  25. Mary | 10th Aug 17

    such a cute top, love the floral print!

  26. Amanda Kruse | 11th Aug 17

    Haha I love the title of your blog post! I don’t actually own any ruffled collars.

    Amanda ||

  27. Christine of Sensory Friends | 11th Aug 17

    I love the look! It’s chic and classy. Thanks for reminding me that I need to organize my makeup and accessory draw!

  28. Adaleta | 12th Aug 17

    That blouse is so beautiful!! I love it

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