While we may not be “dressing up” a great deal these days, we all need a couple of flattering dresses in our wardrobe. A ruched dress is super flattering on any shape and is also chic and stylish.
What exactly is ruching? According to the Beauty of Fashion website, it is:
Ruching is often used in wedding dresses, particularly in the bodice, to create a slim torso or waist and draw attention to the narrowest part of the body. It also has the effect of concealing figure details behind the fabric. Now, who doesn’t want that?
Today I’m sharing three examples of dresses with ruching and how to style them right now. Each has used ruching in different ways to create a flattering shape.
The Ruched Dress
Two of the dresses I’m styling are from Express. One is from Nordstrom. They have a lovely collection of ruched dresses–almost all are on sale! Since most quality brands include ruched styles, they are easy to find. The predominant feature of this style is to be universally flattering, and most dresses are in solid, neutral colors making them easy to accessorize with jackets, bags, shoes, and jewelry.
In each of the photos spotlighting the dresses, I’m styling slingback kitten heels, in black and tan. They are also from Express with the features I love in a basic heel, including:
- Pointed toe
- Slingback strap
- Side cut-out
- 1 3/4″ heel
- Padded footbed
This is a shoe style that looks amazing with jeans to dresses.
Blouson Ruched Dress
The first dress, in black, is a great basic for winter and the cooler months. The long sleeves and mock neck are a great choice when you are looking for more coverage. Here it’s styled with black pumps.
This is a simple sleeveless ruched dress I picked up early last fall. It’ll be a great dress to pack for that future (hopefully, sometime soon!) trip as it’s easily dressed up or down. The description includes “body-con” as it hugs the body. Don’t be turned off by that descriptor! You might be surprised that you can pull it off. I know I was!
The dress is easily styled casually or formally. Here it is with wedge sneakers and a denim jacket.
Ruched Sheath Dress
This cream-colored ruched dress is a recent purchase I just couldn’t resist. It’s such a classic style that I know I’ll wear it for several years. It works as a wedding guest dress, a formal dinner, a business party, and so on. Even for a mother of the bride or groom! The sale price made it easy to go for and not feel too guilty!
The side ruching is super flattering, especially with the faux-wrap front. There are three crystal buttons and more ruching on the shoulder that add a little bling–I see this dress with silver sandals, too!
For a warm and cozy winter look, I’ve styled it with mid-calf boots in a neutral shade and an animal print scarf with my camel coat.
SHOP THIS STYLE
Below is a collection of simple styles that look good on any shape and size. Each style is available in black and a few colors.
Do you see the need for a new dress in your closet? Before we know it, we will be out and about and looking for opportunities to dress up and show some style. Try a classic ruched dress–guaranteed to flatter your body shape!
Which style works for you?