#TrendSpot: All the Fuss and Frills about Ruffles

Ruffles, frills – this clothing trend has many names and still makes an appearance even now on the fashion runway. I’ve somehow always been mesmerised with little frills when I was tinier though. So, the local tailor armed with my mother’s fashion designs would always be facing new challenges to tailor frilly dresses for the little me. Why! Even my dolls had outfits with frills. A frilly skirt or a dress adds a touch of femininity to the entire look. Ruffles in fashion history have been dainty, loud, attention-seeking, or playful. Besides, you can plan how to wear them. It could be worn as tight frills or those with wider ruffles. These are known to add that zestful appeal to any outfit!┬á

Ruffles have always dominated the history of fashion as well. Think the Elizbethan age. Here, ruffles were meant to enhance femininity as well as define your status. If you’d notice, the trend was bulkier earlier. Over time, the style had more flounce to make it appear lightweight as well as a style that should be easier to sport by women. Earlier, a strip of fabric was sewed tightly together to create frills or pleats. This was sewed on to another garment. Layers and layers of heavy ruffles were sewn together to create more drama though the comfort factor would always be a debatable issue!

Fancy frills and layers and layers of it are flirtatious, edgy and so very attention-grabbing. From the tier of ruffles that adorned one’s necklines to the rather flouncy versions of today – ruffles have indeed come a long way. Wedding gowns with tight frills that are bound to make jaws drop to salsa skirts that have delicate wider ruffles, this trend is just so versatile that it keeps getting better over the years. I’ve loved portrait shots on magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan where ruffles made for a dramatic cover. After all, fashion is art and what is art without a little drama? A photograph with a ruffle just adds that element of drama to a cover photo. Large and loose dramatic ruffles are so gorgeous even on the red carpet moments. Which is why, most Hollywood as well as Bollywood stars can’t seem to get enough of it!

Here’s one interesting thing about ruffles. Did you know even men’s fashion had designs with frills? In fact, if you love fashion, you’d definitely note the beautiful influence of fashion in Spain for the modest ruffles. Be it ruffles, frills, flounces, lace – the world looks up to Spain to get that bit of fashion inspiration to make a strong statement on the runways. Men with their large ruffled shirts with details either at their neckline or sleeves paved the way to show this style is unisex and there’s a lot that can be done with it! The Indian ramp has boasted of sarees with ruffles with Bollywood’s leading ladies already sporting this trend.

 

That’s when I got my hands on this soft and flowing frill hemmed skirt to gently flaunt my love for these slight waves in my
wardrobe. Adorned with tiny beads, this knee-length skirt is what I was looking for – a hint of frill with an asymmetrical edge. The skirt being a little elaborate on its own, I decided to opt for a sheer crop top that does not overpower the look. I was out hunting for a lovely spot to have some coffee, great food and of course, spend time with myself thinking about my next idea. This skirt has a fresh appeal and is perfect for a dressy evening or a date night. As for me, I just wanted to pamper myself at this cafe that is gaining so much popularity in North Bangalore.

A little more on what I was upto while flaunting all the frills ­čÖé

Cafe 60 Four, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore

If you are a pukka Bengalurean, you must have already explored the areas of Indiranagar, Whitefield, M.G. road, UB City and the like for good cafes and restaurants. Tucked away towards the outskirts of Bangalore lies a cute little cafe named Cafe 60 Four. Just like their uniquely written name, the cafe boasts of a neat menu with smart and clean interiors – a boon for those residing in Yehahanka, Sahakarnagar, Vidyaranyapura, and other areas of Bangalore. The menu includes a mouth-watering range of pastas – the white sauce pasta being my personal favourite. I also loved their Cheese Chili toast served with hot cappuccino. I have even tried their range of veg wraps and burgers. These always tempt me to return for more!

Warm interiors at Cafe 60 Four, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore

They also serve pizzas in two styles – Indian as well as Italian. This is best when paired with their thick shakes or mocktails. The bright red interiors, the quirky messages on the walls and the different seating arrangements that range from low to high ensures there is something in it for everyone. You can flip through books and play card games. As I munched on to my toast, the music played softly behind so that I could savour my food, enjoy the view from their large windows and watch the world go by at a crazy pace.

Bangalore’s Cafe 60 Four is a delightful place to catch up with friends. The cheese chilli toast (seen in pic) is great for a quick bite downed with hot coffee

As for me, I’m happy with my piping hot coffee and cozy interiors of Cafe 60 Four. Don’t forget to hop by to the Cafe 60 Four Facebook page and if you are in Bangalore, do check this out once! I’ve also tried their service on Swiggy and it was honestly as good as the food that is served in person.┬á

Cafe 60 Four is located at: First Floor, Site 904/1, 1st Main Road, Beside IDBI Bank, Yelahanka, Bangalore.

Crop Top: Romwe.com

Skirt: Romwe.com

Accessories: Westside, Bangalore

Footwear: Westside, Bangalore

Bag: Orion Mall, Bangalore

Photographer: Shounak Kelkar (Instagram: x.focus)

Coffee: Delightful!

Location Courtesy: Cafe 60 Four, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore

A big thank you to Mr. Pratik of Cafe 60 Four!

 

 

 

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