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19 ways to wear ruffles so they feel modern and fresh

Ruffles and frills are one of summer's biggest trends.
/ Source: TODAY

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Ruffles and frills have been around since the 16th century — so, they're not exactly new. But as with all of the best trends, they've made a major comeback.

Ever since Jerry Seinfeld's infamous "puffy shirt," these two trends have gotten somewhat of a bad rep. Luckily, Good Housekeeping's style director, Lori Bergamotto, visited TODAY Thursday to show how to look elegant, polished and surprisingly modern all while pulling off these classic trends.


Pixie Market Gingham Ruffled Bustier Top, $114,

Pixie Market Gingham Ruffled Bustier Top

The ruffle on this bustier top is feminine yet sculptural, making it feel modern in 2017. Wear it with a black tulle skirt and a pair of pink heels for an unexpected twist.

Wrap Skirt with Ruffle, $60, Lane Bryant

Wrap Skirt With Ruffle
Lane Bryant

The great thing about ruffles is that the trend looks great on every body type. Women sometimes avoid them out of fear of adding volume, but there's no need to worry about that issue with this skirt! The cascading ruffle on this wrap skirt is inherently flattering because it all comes together at the waist, creating an automatic hourglass figure.

Who What Wear Ruffle Bomber Jacket, $40, Target

Who What Wear Ruffle Bomber Jacket

You can work frills into your wardrobe, no matter what your everyday style is. If your style is a bit edgier, this bomber jacket achieves that modern vibe with just the right amount of flounce.

K/Lab Pink Ruffled Dress, $51, Kohls

K/Lab Pink Ruffled Dress

If you're into super trendy pieces, you can't get much trendier than this off-the-shoulder dress in millenial pink!

Off-The-Shoulder Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit, $118, J.Crew

Off-The-Shoulder Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit

If you want to add some volume to your bust line, strategically-placed ruffles can make that happen, on the beach or off.

Jen Gingham Ruffle Culotte Jumpsuit, $28,

Jen Gingham Ruffle Culotte Jumpsuit

One of this season's hottest wardrobe staples is the culotte jumpsuit. A little ruffly flair on this gingham print makes it flirty and flattering — the perfect summer must-have combo.

Ruffle T-back Tank, $60, Lane Bryant

Ruffle T-back Tank
Lane Bryant

If you're just looking for a way to participate in the trend without going overboard, you can try a subtler ruffle trim on a sleeve or T-back tank.

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Frills aren't just for clothes! You can infuse some life into an otherwise basic wardrobe with some frilly accessories. The nice thing about a ruffled accessory is that it can add depth and texture to nearly any look, functioning like a pop of color or hint of a loud pattern. They're an easy way to look put-together with virtually no effort!

You can even try a cute little ruffled dress for kids.

Topshop Ruffled Sandal, $85, Nordstrom

Topshop Ruffled Sandal

Franco Sarto Gracelynn Metallic Slides, $79, Zappos

Franco Sarto Gracelynn Metallic Slides

Mauve Suede Ankle Strap Heels, $34, Lulus

Mauve Suede Ankle Strap Heels

Fair Play Ruffle Flat Sandals, $23, Asos

Fair Play Ruffle Flat Sandals

Marco Suede Loafers, $72, Asos

Marco Suede Loafers

Didsbury Ruffle Sneakers, $35, Asos

Didsbury Ruffle Sneakers

Clutch Bag with Ruffles, $30, H&M

Clutch Bag with Ruffles

Tiered Ruffle Wristlet, $35, Express

Tiered Ruffle Wristlet

Frilly Ankle Socks, $5,

Frilly Ankle Socks

Arabella Ruffled Chiffon Choker, $6,

Arabella Ruffled Chiffon Choker

Ripple Jewelry, $29+,

Ripple Jewelry

Ruffle Romper Dress, $78, Kate Spade

Ruffle Romper Dress
Kate Spade