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3 chic Bostonians show off softly ruffled looks

Ruffles get a bold makeover.

James Mason, Bronwyn Melonas, Julia Walsh.
James Mason, Bronwyn Melonas, Julia Walsh.



> Most guys associate ruffled shirts with pirates or an old Seinfeld episode. Not Mason. The assistant professor in the fashion department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design made this dress shirt himself, molding the collar into an architectural ruffled flourish. To create the dramatic color accents, Mason scrunched and tied the taffeta fabric before spraying it with bleach.

> Flashy dress pants would have made the bold shirt look more Elvis than elegant, so Mason wisely chose a sophisticated black suede pair by Kenneth Cole (from the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets “about 100 years ago!”).


> Mason is known for his collection of oversize silver rings, while his too-cool-for-school white-tipped shoes are by Steve Madden (from DSW).

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Favorite Stores H&M, PCX, Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Savers



> The wider the ruffle, the more animated the garment, as in this body-caressing cropped suede jacket (from BCBG). Melonas likes both the slim fit and edgy zipper trim on the rippled front.

> To draw attention to the jacket’s soft color and drapery, the Melbourne native chose a contrasting purple silk blouse with loosely tied satin bow (also from BCBG).


> A mix of hard and soft keeps the outfit interesting rather than overly girly. Melonas pairs her tight Joe’s jeans (from the National Jean Company) with sleek over-the-knee black leather boots by Sergio Rossi (from Neiman Marcus).

Favorite Stores National Jean Company, Cusp, Intermix, Saks



> Anything but a traditional blazer, this yellow ruffle-front jacket with three-quarter sleeves (from Anthropologie) adds pizazz to Walsh’s office wardrobe. For day-to-evening, the global strategist for Ace Group could easily wear it over a little black dress.

> Walsh doesn’t think cold weather means a switch to all dark, neutral tones. She unexpectedly pairs the yellow wool jacket with a winter white dress (from J.Crew).


> Walsh’s golden leather Chloe bag (from Second Time Around) picks up the jacket color, with the black belt (from Banana Republic), textured hose (from Ann Taylor Loft), and spectator pumps (comfy Aerosoles) adding nice offbeat touches.

Favorite Stores J.Crew, Lululemon, Holiday