Don’t underestimate the power of a ruched dress. While ruching came to prominence in the 1980’s it has never really gone away. The Dolce and Gabbana label is a good case in point. Some might even say it’s one of the designer’s signature hallmarks.

So What Is Ruching and Why Is it Important In A Dress

Ruching is the art of using gathered fabric in pleats or folds to make the fabric ‘ripple’. It is generally used in one of two ways. Ruching can be incorporated into a dress design ‘top to bottom’ or it can be used as ‘accents’ on particular areas of a dress. For example, around the waist or skirt. Designers like Dolce and Gabbana use it both ways. My personal preference is when it used to accent specific parts of the body (dress). But either way, the point of ruched is to enhance the shape of the dress and create a flattering look.

A Great Example of a Ruched Dolce and Gabbana Dress

For those of us whose bodies are not catwalk ready, judicious ruching can hide a multitude of sins as well as accentuating the shape of the dress (and the body). I would also make the case for ruched dresses being easier to wear at any age. Just check out Monica Bellucci opening one of Dolce and Gabbana’s 2019 catwalk shows wearing a gorgeous ruched off the shoulder polka dot dress. It’s a dress any age can wear. No mean feat in a designer to pull that off. By coincidence I have one for sale – so be sure to check out this Dolce and Gabbana Ruched Polka Dot Dress. There is also something quite luxurious about the folds or pleats of additional fabric. You know the designer is going above and beyond what they need to do. They care about how you look. That’s why you need a ruched dress in your life.

Other Designers are Available

Of course, other designers will use ruching too. Norma Kamali is another designer who consistently features ruching in her collections. But there are more. While ruching is picked up as a fashion trend now and then (think 2018 catwalks) it really never went away.