Today’s Trend, Yesterday’s Wardrobe: Ruffles


I’m a stylist and my styling mantra is this: never pay retail. And why should you when you can get today’s trends using yesterday’s wardrobe aka past season fashions. Shopping last season’s goodies is no longer considered passé, it’s considered smart.

Still don’t believe me? Watch me as I style this season’s ruffle trend using past season designer items I found on

For Spring 2013 ruffles have lost their little girl look and have traded them in for an amped up edgy aesthetic. Whether you are into a classic look, a youthful neon vibe, or an avant-garde monochromatic style – there is a ruffle (for less) out there with your name on it.

Look #1: Balenciaga Spring 2013

For a sophisticated ensemble with a ruffled twist, take a classic black and white cocktail dress and pair it with nude booties and a pendant necklace ala Balenciaga.

Notte by Marchesa dress– Original price $850, Now $359.97

Chloe nude booties– Original price $520, Now $260

Kenneth Jay Lane necklace– Original price $105, Now $47.25

Look #2: Peter Pillotto Spring 2013

Want something more youthful and bright? Try adding pops of color through lingerie and accessories to a black and white printed dress to get the Peter Pilotto look.

Oscar de la Renta dress– Original price $2,515, Now $895.09

Jimmy Choo shoes – Original price $1,995, Now $1,097.25

Deborah Marquit bra – Original price $195, Now $78

Look #3: Gareth Pugh Spring 2013

Gareth Pugh rarely puts “wearble” looks down the runway but that doesn’t mean you can’t reinterpret his vision into your own personal wardrobe like I did with this pink ruffled pantsuit.

Oscar de la Renta jacket – Original price $2,110, Now $750.10

Vionnet pants – Original price $940, Now $285.01

Valentino shoes – Original price $745, Now $298

Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.