How to Style Big Ruffles

how to style big ruffles

Is there a more iconic Matilda Jane women’s style than Big Ruffles? We think not! With the comfort of pants and the unmistakable swish of a skirt, our beloved Big Ruffles have become a long-time customer favorite. We love this versatile style for that exact reason — there are so many ways to style them. Today we’re going to share our favorite ways to dress them up and down!

Dress Up

The end of July into August is always a tricky time to dress. We’re starting to have autumn on the mind, but the weather still feels very much like the height of summer. Our favorite way to feel more like fall during the end of summer is through jewel tones. These deep, rich hues just exude all of the fall vibes, even in summer-appropriate silhouettes.

That’s why we love pairing our Moonlit Ocean Big Ruffles with the Making Memories Tee!  Since this bold pairing makes a big statement, go ahead and keep the accessories simple with earth tones and gold metals. Mules are the perfect footwear option to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall, and instantly elevate your look for date night or work.

Tip: Have your favorite denim jacket on hand when it gets chilly in the evenings.

how to dress up matilda jane big ruffles

Dress Down

One of the top reasons we love Big Ruffles? They’re as comfortable as pajamas, but look so much more polished! Big Ruffles are perfect for the days when you just want to be comfy, but need to look put together. Keep your look casual and cool with a tied-up tee and some summer slides. No need to fuss with jewelry — keep it simple with some tortoise hoops and a scrunchie. 

how to style big ruffles

How do you wear your Big Ruffles? Share below in the comments!


July 2020 Collection Inspiration

…and just like that, July is here! Although we love summer every year, we were extra excited for this particular July because we have all new back-to-school styles arriving! Tomorrow, July 16, is our big July release and we can’t wait to share it with you. Not only is it the July release, but it’s also the kick off of our new season — Wonderment. Naturally we had to get the inside scoop on the latest release from our beloved Chief Creative Officer & President, Madeline Katzel. Keep reading to find out more about how the July collection came to life!

MJC: Tell us about the overall inspiration for the fall season!

MK: “Fall 2020 is all about hitting the open road and being open to new adventures. Meagan and I traveled to the Pacific Northwest and did a road trip! As we started discussing fall 2020, it was so important to us to have a change of scenery — literally! We wanted to change our perspective knowing that a fresh point of view is so inspiring.”

MJC: How did you decide on a direction for the fall season?

MK: “We decided we would go to PNW area — which we selected because we had never been and we have no idea what to expect! That was so exciting to us. Once we choose that area, we were so inspired by all the beauty of the natural landscape. In such close proximity you have the amazing ocean, stunning mountains and everything in between. We didn’t need to look much further than that.”

July 2020 inspiration board

MJC: How does this inspiration translate to the July launch?

MK: “For July specifically, we wanted the color palette that was inspired by the beautiful landscape to set the tone. The palette is comprised of muted colors and soft mid-tones that mix so beautifully together. This little release also speaks to our customers back-to-school needs, but can layer on to the next few months with ease.”

July 2020 Prints

MJC: Are there any customer-favorite silhouettes making a reappearance?

MK: “YES! We have the best quintessential knot dress releasing in July. She has an apron with apples on it for her back to school needs and if you reverse the apron, there are trees on the other side so it can wear well after first day of school!”

MJC: Love it! Are there any new silhouettes?

MK: “A new t-shirt dress is introduced this month. She is sweet and simple with those special MJ touches, but so easy to wear. In our soft knits, she is sure to be a fave with your littles as well.”

MJC: Can you tell us which girls style is your favorite this month?

MK: “The Recess Queen Dress. I love how simple and easy it is. A great style for the youngest little or older girls too!” 

MJC: We love that one, too! Tell us about your favorite women’s style!

MK: “I LOVE both of the women’s knit tanks for July. So easy to wear and appropriate for the heat this time of year, but the sophisticated palette will allow you to layer these into cooler months as well.”


We’re so excited to share our first release of Wonderment with you! Shop tomorrow, July 16, for the best selection!


5 Things to Pack for 4th of July Weekend (That Most People Forget)

Can you believe how quickly this month flew by? It feels like it was just spring and now we’re just a few days away from July! Fourth of July weekend is always a favorite of ours. It’s a time spent having fun and relaxing with family and friends outdoors in the warmth of the summer sun. We get to play yard games, splash around the lake (or pool!) and eat all of the s’mores. Fourth of July weekend is when so many wonderful memories are made with those we love most!

Whether you’re going on a mini-vacation with the family or meeting up with friends at a lake house, chances are you’ve already started your packing list. This isn’t your first rodeo, so we know that you’re on top of everything each kiddo needs in their weekend bag — but sometimes it’s easy to forget some of the most essential items! Here are five things you should pack for the long weekend that are super easy to forget.

5 things to pack for 4th of July Weekend (that most people forget)

1. Sweater

When we think of summer, we always seem to picture the hot afternoons, forgetting that summer nights can get quite a bit cooler. It’s hard to enjoy the bonfire if you’re shivering non-stop! Pack a lightweight sweater or sweatshirt to toss on in the evenings.

2. A second swimsuit

When in doubt, always pack an extra swimsuit! Even on a three or four day trip, we always recommend having a back-up swimsuit on hand (because who likes putting on a wet swimsuit?!). This goes for the kiddos, too!

3. Extra beach towels

Just like it’s a good idea to have an extra swimsuit, you also want to pack extra beach towels! Whether it’s for your own kiddos or your nieces and nephews who forgot to pack their own, it never hurts to pack a few more than you need!

4. Portable speaker

Whether you’re at the lake, your friend’s pool or your parent’s house, chances are you’ll spend a lot of your holiday weekend outdoors. Don’t rely on just your iPhone’s speaker — bring a portable bluetooth speaker to enjoy your favorite songs wherever the weekend takes you!

5. Beach bag

Just because you’re not necessarily going to “the beach”, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring a beach bag! If you’ll be spending any time around the water, you’ll want to bring a bag specifically for your towel, cover-up, sunscreen, bug spray and any other essentials you want to keep dry. We recommend putting valuables like your phone and keys in a waterproof pouch inside of your beach bag to be extra safe!

Do you have any special packing tips? Share below in the comments!