S/S ’17 Fashion Trends & Where to Buy Them || Part 1 – Ruffles & Waists

spring summer 2017 womenswear fashion trends

Can you believe it’s a new season already? Whilst the temperature and odd flurry of snow are keeping my cosy jumpers firmly in my wardrobe, there’s no harm at looking what’s in store (pun not intended) as the weather warms up. Of course it’s become a little bit of tradition of mine to round up seasonal fashion trends but last year I decided to make it a bit more real. It’s ok looking at glamours photos from the catwalks but what happens when you don’t have a stylist? How do you make a trend work for you and your budget? If like me you shop mainly on the highstreet then this style guide is for you. In a series of 4 posts, I’m going to tell you all about the key womenswear trends for S/S 2017 and how you can shop them right now!

Starting things of with two of my favourite trends this season, let’s talk about ruffles and waists.


Now ruffles have been in the shops for a while. I’ve even justified a couple of purchases by saying “but look at the ruffles”, but all this has just been a warm-up. Floaty and feminine, prepare for anything you wear to have a ruffle on it. Trousers, skirts, shoes and bag; stick a ruffle on it and you’re good to go. Seriously though it is super wearable and pretty flattering. Take that pencil dress for example, the ruffled sleeves hide the top of your arms (I have a similar black one and it was my ultimate LBD), while the ruffles on a wrap skirt help to skim over any food babies whilst keeping it fun! Not keen? Try a frilled accessory, and you might be converted.


I don’t care what anyone says, you can never have enough waist belts. From pulling in oversized tee’s, to giving a dress a different vibe, they can expand your wardrobe. And boy are they flattering? Clinching you in at your smallest part, they take the attention away from any area you’re not keen on and polish a look off like nothing else. If you’ve tried and tested waist belts and want a bit of change, look to clothes with handy waist-flattering features. That coat has a drawstring that pulls in your waist, whilst the tunic has a built in waist belt. But if you really want to tick all the trend boxes, opt for the trousers with a ruffle wait. 

Want to shop my collage? Here’s the links (L-R, T-B)

Burgundy V Neck Frill Trim Pencil Dress – £29.99 – New Look

Khaki Drawstring Waist Duster Coat – £39.99 – New Look

Ruffle Joggers – £29.00 – Topshop

Light Pink Ruffle Maxi Skirt – £35.00 – River Island

Pale Grey Brushed Frill Trim Long Sleeve Top – £17.99 – New Look

Porter Ruffle Heels – £35.00 – ASOS

Embellished Waist Belt – £20.00 – ASOS

Midi Skirt with Paperbag Waist in Gingham – £30.00 – ASOS Curve

Ruffle Waist Mensy Trousers – £42.00 – Topshop

Dark Green Stripe Tie Waist Tunic – £24.00 – New Look

My wardrobe is already jam packed with ruffles, but I think a midi skirt or two might help me with the waist trend. Which trend is your favourite?