For as long as I can remember, describing a garment as “frilly” has been a severely negative comment. Frills on clothing, to me, were exclusively for great-grandmas and toddlers, until Spring/Summer 2017 happened. I can now confidently say that frills and ruffles are my favourite trend of the year so far, and I can’t stop wearing them. It doesn’t take long walking down Coney Street to notice the trend is featured in pretty much every shop window, and there really are a million different ways to wear it. Ruffles on jeans, frills on shoes, even on handbags – and they don’t all need to be made of tulle and super feminine either. I went for a grunge approach to the trend, heavy on black I know, but still looking more fashion-girl than goth-girl.

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The top is an upgraded version of a graphic band tee, with added ruffle detail. This is perfect for someone who wants to take baby steps into the trend, or if blouses aren’t your thing, or if you actually just enjoy being comfortable (bonus!). It would also look great with blue jeans and trainers, without looking boring. An easy purchase to try the trend without having to make differences to your existing wardrobe. You can find this one in Topshop.

As I was going to an evening FCY event at Betty’s York, I wanted to dress it up slightly so I chose this beautiful skirt from Zara. Other than it being beautiful and a bargain (under £20!) there are many reasons to love it. I have always liked wearing asymmetric styles, as it can instantly make your look more high fashion. Pair with a striped bodysuit on holiday or with tights to the office, as this is a “Wow, where’s your skirt from?” designer-look-a-like kind of skirt. And then you can dismissively reply “Oh it’s only Zara”. All that satisfaction for £19.99!

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If theres a rule for shoes in 2017, it must be as follows: Ensure heels are left uncovered at all times. Backless shoes are everywhere (see: backless loafersmid-heel mules and so. many. athleisure, rihanna x fenty inspired sliders.) I chose a slightly dressier style, and another bargain this time from Primark. If you’re a shoe addict like me then you’ll have noticed the surge of statement heels emerging since last year. This pair are a great combination of the two trends, and are another wear-with-anything piece.

All of the pieces featured are available on a shopping trip to York city centre. If you don’t know who I am, I’m a local fashion blogger, you can find my blog here and keep up to date with me on instagram @mabelgoulden. Thanks for reading!