Ruched clothing is extremely tricky terrain. If properly executed, the technique can magically flatter all body types and make for some cool, avant-garde texture. However, if not, it can create a seriously tacky eyesore. That’s why I’ve pulled together some figure flattering and fashion forward ideas for how to incorporate ruching into your garments, as well as a few patterns that utilize the look in a simple, non-distracting way.
Give these four patterns, each with different ruched detail, a try:
The Dress with Side Gathers helps camouflage your mid-section with both a cross over bust detail and ruched sides.
Or if you want to be a little more daring, the Draped Knee Skirt is a more creative way to incorporate the ruched/draped look on a simple silhouette.
Images clockwise from top left: dresses by Catherine Malandrino, Michael Kors and Alexander Wang, sweater by Surface to Air, skirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim, BurdaStyle’s Draped Knee-Length skirt, top by Rick Owens DRKSHDW, dress by Burberry Prorsum.