When you're Sandra Bullock, you'd actually have to try pretty hard to look bad. Always elegant and always on point, Sandra Bullock wore a ruffle hem dress to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, bringing back one of our favorite trends from our childhood. The ruffle hem pretty much ruled my elementary school days, but it somehow started feeling super juvenile once I entered middle school, and eventually high school.
But — as all trends come in cycles — it came back with a vengeance in 2013 and 2014, taking a hold of sleeves and collars instead, leaving the bottom ruffle hem in the dust. Enter Sandra Bullock, who shows us just how to wear the ruffle hem like a grown up.
Bullock wore a navy, white, and black Jonathan Simkhai dress, cinched it at the waist. The fitted dress featured white lace-like details, and of course, the iconic ruffle hem in a mesh-type material. She topped off her look with Stuart Weitzman strappy heels, and a few simple accessories. Her gorgeous brown locks were kept down, with a small section pinned back, and her makeup was kept super natural. Talk about effortlessly chic!
Perhaps what makes Bullock's ruffle hem so cool and updated is its length and material — say goodbye to cotton, and say hello to an edgier texture.
Plus, the material shows off a little leg, keeping the whole dress from looking too demure. It was definitely a playful addition that elevated her entire look.
OK, I know you're jealous, but fear not. Below, find some of our favorite ruffle hem pieces that have gone from little girl to grown-up gal.
1. The Subtle Ruffle
Kensie Single Breasted Ruffle Hem Coat, $228, shop.nordstrom.com
If you're more the subdued type of gal, this subtle raw hem is for you. Just barely there, it's enough to make a statement, while still keeping it simple. Plus, how pretty is this blush color?
2. This Hugging Number
Side Ruffle Hem Dress, $89.90, eloquii.com
This is a dress that makes a statement. You can bet everyone will remember you in this one. Plus, according to their website, it's as seen on The Today Show worn by Rebel Wilson!
3. This Flirty Dress
Rebecca Taylor Cutout Ruffle-Hem Ponte Dress, $325, saksfifthavenue.com
Absolutely in love with this color. This is one of those dresses that you wear over, and over, and over again — to brunch, to dinner, to work.
4. The Little Black Skirt
Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Ruffled Fit-And-Flare Skirt, $125, 1.macys.com
And yet another staple. As this model shows, it can be worn all fall (and maybe some winter) long.
5. This Plunging Top
Elizabeth and James Chester Ruffle-Hem Top, $245, saksfifthavenue.com
Looks like I've found your next going out top this winter! This plunging v is pretty sexy, too.
6. Checks And Balances
Silk Ruffle-Hem Dress In Incheck, $168, madewell.com
I couldn't be more obsessed with this dress. Plus, look how comfortable it looks.
7. Sweatshirt Style
Clu Too Ruffled Sweatshirt, $108, shopbop.com
And if you're going for the comfy look, this sweatshirt is perfect for you. Complete with just a little peek-a-boo at the end.
To my elementary school self: Ruffle hems are back, and hotter than ever!
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