The Ruffle Pump: Spring Fashion Trend


What: Feminine ruffles soften the edges of the classic pump this spring . . .

What We Say: As much as we stand by the classic pump, a little fun update never hurts—and this spring, the embellishment du jour is the ruffle. The downside? Next season it will NOT be the ruffle, meaning we’ll indulge but won’t spend more than we have to (we’d suggest spending no more than $30 on a pair). The great thing about an embellished shoe, from our budget fashion standpoint, is that it takes the pressure off the rest of your wardrobe—slip into your basics (a great solid blouse and neutral pencil skirt), and let the ruffled shoe take center stage. You’ll look hip and on trend without working too hard. And speaking of working too hard, remember that ruffles are the kind of embellishment best taken in small doses—unless you’re 6 and it’s Easter Sunday, resist the temptation to pair the pumps with a ruffled blouse, sweater, skirt. But you knew that.

Get It:

American Eagle Patent Krystal Ruffle Pump, $27.99, Payless

Patent Ruffle Pumps, $11.49 on sale, Charlotte Russe

Candie’s Natalie Dress Heels, on sale $32.99, Kohl’s

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