Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Ruched Dress – Perfect for Curvy Girls


The ruched dress can be perfect for curvy girls, accentuating curves and camouflaging lumps and bumps.  You need to take care when choosing, however, as too much tight ruching can sometimes go too far and have the opposite effect you’re looking for.  Make sure when trying on that you look from the side and back as well as the front, hips and waist may be beautifully displayed but you need to check how you look from other angles as well…….

James Perse Ruched Wrap Effect DressDiane von Furstenberg Ruched Red DressHalston Heritage Draped Ruched DressPhase-Eight Ruched Navy Dress

Some cleverly designed ruched dresses have ruching just at the front, where most of us want it, and others ruching all the way down.  Either way the ruched dress is here to stay, as designers learn how much we love something flattering, fitted, sexy and curvy all at the same time – a dress that suits most body shapes, but particularly one with curves.

Kaliko Flower Print Ruched DressAll Saints Emilie DressAll Saints Blue Jersey DressJames Perse cotton blend jersey dress   
Ruching needs to look chic and modern, adding style and glamour.  There’s still a great deal of old fashioned looking ruching around so be careful when you buy and go for mainstream modern designers who you know won’t let you down.  A ruched dress per se, although it may hide problem areas and flatter shape, is not what you’re looking for.  You want something head-turning worthy that you can wear from dawn to dusk, that won’t crease and will pack to perfection.

Just in case you didn’t know:  In the late 19th Century ruching was a very popular way to decorate womens clothing, but antique ruched pieces have been discovered to  make historians think that the technique may date back as far as the Middle Ages.  Ruching was most often seen in evening wear, wedding dresses and ball gowns, and only recently has been used on every day dresses, with less evenly spaced ruching than previously used for added effect.