Ruching, also sometimes spelled “rouching” and pronounced “roo-shing”, from the noun “ruche” is defined as: a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress.
Ruching has gained popularity in fashion design in recent years, particularly in the body and hip area of dresses and tunics, and it’s a technique I know many of us have embraced. While we are making advances in the area of confidently showing our curves along with our lumps and bumps, notably a protruding belly outline (called #VBO in the world of plus size bloggers for Visible Belly Outline), some of us may still be more comfortable with some camouflage around our mid-section to minimize the belly outline. And that’s ok too, because it’s all about what makes you feel good, body positive movement aside.
For me, it depends on my state of mind (and level of confidence) at the time I’m considering a certain dress, for a certain event or activity. It fluctuates, and that’s ok. Sometimes I’m totally ok with a bold curve-hugging, unapologetic fit, and sometimes I am looking for a little help from some good ol’ ruching.
This dress, the Zuri Plus Size Bodycon by SWAK Designs (Sealed with a Kiss Designs), does the trick. And to find it on a casual, cotton jersey dress like this is nice. With an asymmetrical hem design, this casual style actually allows you to feel kinda fabulous even if it’s just to run some errands.
The shoulder straps are totally bra-friendly and the round neckline reveals the tiniest bit of décolletage without being too sexy for a daytime look.
I envisioned it with the gorgeous and slightly dramatic Terri Chiffon Duster, also from SWAK, to provide some colour contrast. Isn’t it perfect?!
It’s the kind of piece you wear as an accessory, and I feel so chic in it. I brought the mint colour in with a simple pastel chainlink necklace, and the pweter boho chic bag by Coach was just so “ladies who lunch”.
And for shoes, a neutral like these light brown studded sandals are fine because they do not compete with the dominant colour palette.
The Zuri Bodycon Dress also comes in black, and if there are any left, teal. Hopefully SWAK will keep offering this cut, perhaps with sleeves for Fall, in new colours.
And the Terri Chiffon Duster also comes in the lovely multi print.
Special thanks to Lisa of the blog Mustangsallytwo for snapping these great pictures for me, and lending me her gorgeous Coach bag.
Zuri Bodycon Dress by SWAK
Terri Chiffon Duster by SWAK
Shapewear by SexyPlus Clothing
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