There's something irresistibly romantic about ruffles - the way they undulate across the body, rippling as you walk

But sometimes the look can be a little too girly for our liking - particularly as the main domain of the ruffle has tended towards the floaty, floral chiffon side of the spectrum. Enter the new way to wear ruffles - infinitely sexier and far more sophisticated, the new ruffle is structured and sculptural, making it the perfect match for black. Now we're talking.

Just take the Emporio Armani leather bag with leather frill strap, or the Giambattista Valli mini dress (both pictured above) for a modern take on ruffled embellishment. The look is defined frills (no float) and curved lines, anchored by strong colours and preppy silhouettes - think of it as the new and improved geek chic. We've picked our favourites in the gallery above - just for the frill of it. 

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