Excuse Me, Where Are You Going In Those Ruffles?

Ruffles are the pickles of clothing — you either love them or can't stand them. There is no casual acceptance of ruffles; people do not feel lukewarm about them, thinking they neither add to nor detract from an outfit. But despite this polarization, ruffles are everywhere, adorning many off-the-shoulder necklines; covering hemlines, sleeves, and even pant legs. Ruffles are romantic, but not in a carefree way; ruffles equate love with epic poems and sobbing outside fire escapes. Ruffles are summery in the same way that your one friend who texts you to go to the beach every Saturday morning is summery (read: not chill about it). Ruffles have turned our sidewalks into a milkmaid convention, our bars into Blackbeard's shanty, and our store racks into sea anemones made of cotton poplin.

It's been a weird summer.

The most pressing question about ruffled fashion isn't how you wear it (answer: with confidence), but rather where exactly one thinks they're going dressed in something with so many petals. To which we say, hogwash — there are literally hundreds of occasions where a ruffled outfit would make sense. Ahead are 11 such places.

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Says Gah 
Put this on if you are invited to Prince Night at the local club (sleeves come in handy for wiping away tears in case, you know, any doves cry).
Photo: Courtesy of Stylenanda.
When you're a stand-up comedian, and you have to go on The Today Show for a charity benefit event.
Photo: Courtesy of Pixie Market.
For your first date immediately following Popeye arm day at the gym.
When you're posing for the cover of a bodice-ripper about a shy e-commerce model, Harriet, who desperately wants to make it; Lorenzo is the photographer with the connections. Little does she know, the only connection he cares about making is with her.
Photo: Courtesy of Need Supply.
When summer comes to Westeros, but you still have to defend the wall.
Photo: Courtesy of Zara.
For a day spent exploring yourself (and your shirt's self) on mushrooms.
Photo: Courtesy of Loeil 
To a wedding when the dress code is "Only Bottoms!"
Photo: Courtesy of Mango.
To a poetry reading where the theme of the evening is iambic pentameter.
Photo: Courtesy of Storets 
For a carefree weekend day when you know you won't encounter a single high five (NOT A SINGLE ONE).
Photo: Courtesy of Ganni.
To your job, where you work as a professional napper.
Photo: Courtesy of The Reformation.
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