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Trend Alert: Ruched Romance

Textures have the unique ability to add both definition and flounce to a garment. Techniques of ruching, smocking and shirring hark back to the Victorian era where the sleeves, bustiers or bustles of dresses were filled with an abundance of ruching. Today, these humble forms of texturing are still added to women’s clothing that allude to the feminine form and embrace an air of romance. 

There’s no better a season than spring to embrace all things romantic and breezy. Even the simplest solid coloured top with a demure silhouette and dainty details can not only switch up your look but enliven your mood for the day. Ruched detailing on dresses and tops are particularly alluring which is why it's no wonder that they have rapidly become a sartorial favourite. Tube tops with smocking details can easily be teamed with your favourite pair of vintage denim or mom jeans along with some espadrilles to add a touch of summery flair. Designers Angel Chen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Comme de Garçons and Jacquemus among several others played up their silhouettes with ample gathering and ruched details for their summer 2020 collections. 

Whether they are a trend of the moment or not, one of our major reasons for choosing this form of texturing is that no matter the silhouette, they are sure to make you look good. From defining you at the waist or hugging your curves, you won’t be hard pressed to find a great ruched detail top to embrace your figure. Opt for a strappy top or off-shoulder tube style if you wish to show off your collarbone, a smocked waist top to enhance your curvy midriff or simply embrace some understated elegance with a ruched sleeve. Any of these styles will do wonders, don’t just take our word for it, shop some of our favourite picks below.

Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2020-05-23

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