I think I may have been a royal dresser in the late 1500’s, due to the love affair I’ve had with the Elizabethan collar (Elizabethan ruff, if I’m going to go with the formal name) and a high collared ruffle shirt for as long as I can remember. Although, to be honest, this ruffle love affair is most likely due to my absolute obsession with Prince’s Purple Rain wardrobe since I first saw the movie in the mid eighties. That ruffle shirt coupled with the purple waistcoat was, in my mind, one of fashion’s greatest moments. Being that I’m about the same height as Prince was, I actually think I’ve been trying to emulate that look for my entire life. With a few tweaks every season in my attempt to stay on trend.
Well, you can only imagine the level of excitement I have had in the last year to six months as the ruffle has come back in fashion with a vengeance. It seems we can’t get enough ruffles on our clothes. A side ruffle on the arm, a little ruffle cuff on jeans, a lace ruffle on a t-shirt, a florally camouflaged ruffle on a shirt/dress/t-shirt/jumpsuit, and the list goes on. I feel as though Queen Elizabeth 1 is currently high fiving her fellow deceased royal buddies at her fashion longevity.
I can’t lie, I am loving all these options, however I am a collared ruffle shirt purist. This to me is where the ruffle shines most. Nothing says sophistication to me like slicking your hair back in a ponytail, slapping on some red lippy and donning a high collared ruffle shirt. In my mind, it’s as versatile as a basic white tee. Wear it to work with a tailored suit, then swap your suit for a fitted leather jacket and skinny jeans for a night on the town.
Whilst I love the high neck and a ruffle, there are times when I worry that some of these beautiful shirts I covet look more Seinfeld puffy shirt than cutting edge fashion. Then I remember, it just needs to be worn with confidence. We all know Jerry could’ve rocked that ruffle if only he owned the look. Prince was a testament to that.