The layered ruffle dress or what some refer to as the Zimmerman dress is the must have summer dress for 2018. The layered, ruffled peasant dress has been trending for a few seasons now but it is really having a moment this season. And I for one am all for it.

From A-Listers, to reality celebs to bloggers, vloggers and Instagram stars this exceedingly romantic, overtly feminine, proud to be a girlie girl dress is selling like hot cakes. From more established brands like Zimmerman and Cynthia Rowley to newer lines like LoveShack Fancy.

Being tall and thin and having an equally long angular face I find I need layers and textures to offset my more hard edged looks

I picked up a pretty little green number last weekend which some of you may have seen on my Instagram stories—a sneak peak when I pulled it out of the bag while having lunch. A post coming up on that in the near future for sure.

I must say I am a big fan of this trend. Being tall and thin and having an equally long angular face I find I need layers and textures to offset my more hard edged looks. You’ll never see me in a long body con knit dress. But ruffles, lace and florals I say bring it on! How do you feel about this trend? Too girlie for you? And check out the influencers featured in this post. Links below.

Images: one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine & ten // eleven // twelve 


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  1. June 19, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    I’m loving these dresses, misa los angeles has some great ones as well.


  2. June 19, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of ruffles but gosh, these are stunning and I would wear all except the long Victorian neck dress. I don’t think I’m able to pull that off.

  3. June 19, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    I just got a long sleeved ruffled dress myself, I love this trend! Can’t wait to see the one you got.
    xoxo Annie
    New England Romance

  4. June 19, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Zimmermann is one of my all time favorite brands. Their whole brand is like a brock collection and is a mixture of 21st century summer trends, and early 20th century, english countryside styles. This is exactly what I tend to gravitate towards. When I’m searching for a dress, I like something that is form fitting but has some texture to it. Not just a straight body con but not covered in ruffles too. I especially like the last dress pic you featured and of course all the Zimmermann ones!

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  5. June 19, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    Ahhh, if only my budget allowed for more (or ANY, lol) Zimmermann! SUCH a gorgeous line and these dresses are so flirty and femme; super fun for summer!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. June 19, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Ruffles are one of my favorite fashion details next to scallops. They are so feminine and add visual interest in such a chic way. I usually like to offset the frilliness by styling my ruffled dressed with pieces that have a little edge.

  7. Lorna
    June 19, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I love these ruffled dresses! They’re so feminine!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  8. June 20, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    I love ruffled dresses, they’re so flattering for my figure and they’re a staple in my wardrobe 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  9. June 20, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Oh My. God! I’m in heaven looking at all these absolutely fabulously feminine and gorgeous ruffled dresses!!! I want to own all of them! What a fabulous lookbook!

  10. June 20, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    I adore gorgeous layered dresses like this for summer. They’re so perfect for summer nights and to wear to weddings!

  11. June 21, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    These are such cute dresses, and all perfect for summer! I can’t go past ruffles, they always look beautiful when worn!

    One day I’d like to be able to afford a Zimmerman piece, haha!

    Hope that you are having a great week so far! It’s really cold here but I’m enjoying layering up for winter 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  12. June 21, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Wow those dresses are FABULOUS! I want them all!

  13. June 21, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Thanks a lot for the interesting post) Have a nice weekend)

  14. June 22, 2018 / 7:49 am

    These are all sooo lovely dear. Chic and really fun styles, really perfect dresses for summer!

    Jessica |

  15. June 27, 2018 / 12:44 am

    You know I love this type of dress, and the selection here is so inspiring. Every time I walk past intermix, in the Hamptons. I want to buy everything in the store. Of course I do not. I can’t wait to see you in the green dress, which I ded see a peek of.
    There is one shot in this collection where the model looks very much like you, by the way .

  16. Sharon Elsie
    July 3, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I loved that layered ruffle dress. It is so pretty and chic and most of all its Zimmerman’s. Simply gorgeous. Sharon Elsie |

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