Six of the best, Ruffle Dresses

Discover your inner Carrie Bradshaw in a fabulous ruffle dress – but make sure you choose some surprising accessories.Stephanie Smith selects the top buys from the High Street and online.

Red side frill dress

FROM: French Connection

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COMMENT: Fabulous shape with dramatic side frill detail and a wonderful bold colour, this dress is body-con and full of impact.

SUITS: Slim and athletic.

KEY ACCESSORY: Purple tie shoe,75, Bertie.

Mocha strapless prom dress



COMMENT: Frou-frou and fun, this dress is so SJP. Try toning down with black or go for it, adding lots of nude and silver notes, and maybe a splash of bright.

SUITS: Slim to medium and pears.

KEY ACCESSORY: Platform bow shoe, 74.99, River Island.

Pale pink waterfall dress

FROM: Dorothy Perkins


COMMENT: Romantic and feminine, this dress is for those days when you are feeling oh-so-pretty and want everyone to know it.

SUITS: Athletic and apple shapes.

KEY ACCESSORY: Shoeperstar shoe, 64.99, from Hush Puppy.

Sugar pink ruffle dress

FROM: Mint Velvet


COMMENT: Another girly creation for those sweet-natured days. Toughen up with black, studs and statement accessories, if you like.

SUITS: Straight and slim to medium.

KEY ACCESSORY: Slingback platforms, 90, Dune

Cream bow prom dress

FROM: Miss Selfridge


COMMENT: Does it get any cuter than this? Fabulous Carrie-esque prom dress, complete with huge bow at the waist. Go for it with accessories.

SUITS: Slight and slender.

KEY ACCESSORY: Mint patent court shoe, 49.99, also in red, nude and black, at Schuh.

Red linen tier hem dress

FROM: Great Plains


COMMENT: Rather elegant, and great for showing off shapely lower legs so make sure you're wearing killer heels. Try with denim or leather jacket.

SUITS: All, especially curvy.

KEY ACCESSORY: Purple platform shoe, 39.50, Autograph at M&S.