5 Pretty Ruffle Neck Blouses & How to Wear Them with Pants

Ruffle neck blouses that are frilly and feminine are trending for spring, and the most popular way to wear them is with pants.

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I’m wearing a cute short sleeve swiss dot blouse I have paired with Raw Hem Jeans.  Here’s a look at five more of the prettiest I’ve seen and what else to wear them with.

Ruffle Neck Blouse - Yellow Dots, jeans styled by Fabulous After 40

1. Wear a Ruffle Neck Blouse With Cropped Jeans

There’s something about mixing an everyday pair of jeans with a very feminine blouse that is suddenly very cool. While any jeans will do, cropped flare jeans worn with a fussy, ruffle neck blouse is one of the more fashion-forward ways of doing it.

This pretty yellow outfit is an excellent example of what I’m talking about. I’ve paired this sweet yellow blouse with the fussy pleated ruffles at the shoulders with these short and kicky, cropped jeans.  It’s like the bottom half of the outfit says,  I’m a bit of a rebel, while the top half says, I’m proper and ladylike.

If you read my Spring color report, you know that this pale yellow is one of the main colors for spring.  Also trending are basketweave bags, and anything pearl, like these modern pearl earrings. You can wear these cropped flares with flat sandals, but personally, I like a bit of a heel to look more proportioned in cropped flares. These white mules work perfectly.


Peach Ruffle Neck Blouse, white tie pants outfit styled by Fabulous After 40

2.  Tie-Waist Pants

Tie waist pants look dressier than jeans and can be really chic, worn with a ruffle neck top. I think they look best when you wear them with a ruffle top that has a small, more subtle ruffle so that it complements, not competes, with the waist tie bow.  Sleeveless, high ruffle neck tops are everywhere. This juicy peach-colored one is very delicate looking and is a nice way to dip your toe into this trend if you are not a big ruffle fan or prefer a more understated look.

I think white + peach is always such a soft,  elegant combination, and these gold sandals give more life to the outfit than a pair of white sandals would since we already have an off-white bag. All white would be a bit boring. I love floral earrings, don’t you?

Blue floral ruffle neck blouse, jeans outfit styled by Fabulous After 40

3.  With Flare Jeans

For all of you who love a boho look,  flowy, ruffled blouses tie right in. Wear a loose semi-sheer ruffle neck blouse in a pretty floral print with a pair of long, lean flare jeans for a free-spirited 70’s retro look.  White rattan mules go with the natural boho vibe of this outfit. The off-white backpack style bag makes it casual and modern.

This outfit also has a strong Western feel and would be a great outfit to wear if you were going to a country music concert.

Chambray ruffle neck blouse, jeans styled by Fabulous After 40

4.  Try a Canadian Tuxedo Look 

There’s been a lot of talk about the Canadian Tuxedo look that the fashion world defines as denim on denim. While I have no idea why they think that’s Canadian ( I’m Canadian, and we’ve never dressed that way), it is a popular style, one that you can tweak to work with a ruffle neck top.

This cute chambray blouse worn with a pair of faded blue jeans gives a cute Canadian Tuxedo look. Pair it with gold sandals and a taupe bag to elevate the vibe. A snakeskin belt is right on-trend.

White floral ruffle neck blouse, white pants styled by Fabulous After 40

5.  Wear with White Pants

White pants are everyone’s favorites come spring, and make a stylish bottom half to pair with a pretty floral ruffle blouse. You can wear your white pants with a bright floral blouse or go for something more monochromatic like this gorgeous white floral print ruffle blouse. This would be a lovely look for a wedding or baby shower, or wear it on a  nice night out with your man!

What do you think of the ruffle neck blouse trend?

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2 thoughts on “5 Pretty Ruffle Neck Blouses & How to Wear Them with Pants

  1. I have seen the Canadian tuxedo look many times over the past 40 years in western Canada and British Columbia. It may not be a thing in eastern Canada. We live in California and my husband would wear the look even though our teenage children told him not to. Now he’s in style again.

    1. Hi Cindylou, This is interesting. I’m in Ontario and it is not a look I grew up with at all. Just goes to show you how big and regional Canada really is! Cheers, Deborah

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