Frilly shirts, flouncy skirts and ruffled collars have come tumbling on to the catwalk. Think Victorian bordello or languorous Limehouse opium den. And you don't have to pay designer prices, just head down to your local antique shop, to discover a new, softer-edged you. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Venina Sorrenti

Opposite Antique frill shirt, pounds 48, from Lunn Antiques, 22 Thomas Neal Centre, Shorts Gardens, London WC2, enquiries 0171-379 1974. Above (clockwise from top left) Lace dress, pounds 1,300, by Anna Molinari, 11 Old Bond Street, London W1, enquiries 0171-493 4872; white cotton skirt, pounds 38, from Lunn Antiques, as before; coral ruffle organza skirt, pounds 2,320, by Valentino, 174 Sloane Street, London SW1, enquiries 0171-235 5855; yellow dress with frill straps, pounds 200, by Ghost, 36 Ledbury Road, London W10, Hero, 12 Green Street, Cambridge, enquiries 0181-960 3121

Opposite Ruffle silk chiffon skirt, worn as dress, pounds 800, from Virginia, 98 Portland Road, London W11, enquiries 0171-727 9908

Above Tulle dress with floral embroidery, pounds 230, by Ghost, as before

Dress with frill shoulders, pounds 560, by Sonia Rykiel, from Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1, enquiries 0171-491 7833

Stylist's assistant Holly Wood

Models Shannon Plum, Lola Schnabel, Kat Gould, Megan