Trust Me: This Dress Trend Is Going to Be Everywhere in 6 Months' Time

Wrap dresses can be awkward around the boobs, smocks often drown petite frames and slips are difficult to wear unless you’re Kate Moss, but a quality dress with carefully placed ruching in a slightly stretchy fabric suits just about everyone. Curvy bodies will appreciate the flexibility, while slimmer frames can use ruching to add curves if desired. They’re comfy, too, and now hot property, thanks to a host of London Fashion Week designers.

Suddenly this rare breed of body-con is back, and it has the support of some key envelope-pushing names. They’re passing the baton on from summer 2018’s surge in ruching (from Jacquemus to Zara, we’ve already seen the potential this trend has), and taking it to the next level in terms of cut and finish. Come spring, sheer fabrics will be popular, super-bright colours will be key and tasselled drawstrings will be a notable feature.

Ruched pieces are London’s more rebellious take on being commercial, and I’m certainly here for it now and will continue to be when it booms next spring. Scroll to see the designers creating this one-style-suits-all dress, and then shop a few options that are currently available. (Hey, spring/summer 2019 feels a little too long to wait for such a wardrobe winner.)

Ruched Dresses on the Runway

Ruched dress trend: neon blue dress on the House of Holland spring 2019 runway

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House of Holland S/S 19

Ruched dress trend: pink drawstring dress from Roksanda spring 2019 runway

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Roksanda S/S 19

Ruched dress trend: floral Molly Goddard dress from the spring 2019 runway

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Molly Goddard S/S 19

Ruched dress trend: red draped dress from Preen's spring 2019 collection

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Preen by Thorton Bregazzi S/S 19

Ruched dress trend:  floral draped dress from Yuhan Wang spring 2019 collection

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Yuhan Wang S/S 19

Ruched dress trend: ruched green minidress from Ports 1961 spring 2019 runway

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Ports 1961 S/S 19

Ruched dress trend:  ruched sheer peach dress from Rejino Pyo's spring 2019 runway

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Rejina Pyo S/S 19

Ruched dress trend:  colour-blocked drawstring dress from Richard Malone spring 2019

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Richard Malone S/S 19

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