How to Style a Ruched Dress

March 25, 2020

I have been living in easy and flattering ruched dresses lately with the baby. They are extra wonderful for pregnancy, but also great for regular non-maternity wear. Today I figured I would round up some ideas about how to style a ruched dress.

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Bodycon Dress Details

Whatever you call them, ruched, bodycon, or fitted, this exact dress was last seen in black here. It’s currently on sale for just $39, and I have had the same long sleeve version in grey for 4 years. I wore it all through my pregnancy with Ivy Jean and after. It’s just that good!! I am wearing a size medium here so that it has stretch for the pregnancy, but a small would work regularly. It really depends on how to want it to fit.

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How to Wear a Ruched Dress

Layer with Kimono

For spring and summer warmer weather, I love to layer a ruched dress with a breezy kimono. This white one is just $25 from Amazon.

ruched dress with sandals

Pair with a Jean Jacket, Leather, or Utility Jacket

I love adding any cute jacket to a bodycon type dress. When something is really fitted, sometimes it just helps to have that extra layer. You can add a jean jacket around your waist, on, or another favorite jacket. Really anything works!

ruched dress styled casually
fitted dress with sneakers

Dress it up with Heels

You guys know I love a good dress, and I love the excuse to dress up. Recently I shared this leopard dress above and below styled two ways. You can wear sneakers or dress it up with heels. Previously I have shared a gorgeous red dress with side ruching and a pink dress with front ruching both made to be on the dressier end.

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Try a Layer + Boots in Winter

Below is the same dress I mentioned. It is the green and black but in long sleeve. I love adding a winter layer like a poncho or cardigan and boots during the cooler months.

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ruched dress with poncho

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  • Reply Lyndi March 26, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Your maternity style is SO chic!! I love theses dresses – so pretty
    Hope you and your family are keeping well

  • Reply Angelica March 26, 2020 at 11:55 am

    So many cute looks!
    The denim look is such a go-to for me!

    XX Angelica

  • Reply Cheryl Shops March 25, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve had this dress in my Nordstrom cart forever—think I should finally check out considering it’s triple points time! 🙂
    Cheryl Shops |

  • Reply Laura Bambrick March 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Your ruched dresses are so flattering on you! I just love the leopard print one! You’ve worn them all in such cute ways!

  • Reply Jacqui Berry March 25, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    This style looks perfect on you. I like the style and it’s so flattering in any design. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui x

  • Reply Maureen March 25, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I was looking at this Leith dress for awhile and I am kicking myself for not buying it when Nordstrom had it on sale for an extra 25% off. My favorite are the ruching on the dress. I am self conscious of my tummy area and I love how the ruching creates a flattering look. Your leopard dress is my favorite! It’s such a fun dress and pairs so well with red. Swoon! I hope you and your family are staying safe and well. Happy Wednesday!

    Maureen |

  • Reply Lee March 25, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Aw I love it layered with a kimono!

  • Reply Kate March 25, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Hands down my favorite dress ever! Love all the different ways you styled it <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Lisa Richardson March 25, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I love those ruched dressed (on everyone else…I keep trying, but no go) You wear them absolutely beautifully!!! Lots of great ways to style them in this post. XO

  • Reply jess jannenga March 25, 2020 at 9:27 am

    These dresses are all beautiful on you Amy! I have been tempted by the rusched dress myself. Love the kimono wit it, need to buy that! I love the leopard one of course! Hope you are your family are well.
    jess xx

  • Reply Kimberly F. Malkiewicz March 25, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Ruching is so flattering, anyway, and to accommodate a baby bump it works so well. You look stunning in all of your dresses!

  • Reply Rach March 25, 2020 at 8:29 am

    All these ruched dresses look incredible on you!! You styled them so well!

  • Reply Kelly R March 25, 2020 at 8:03 am

    That Leith dress is seriously the best! I have it in so many colors and it’s just so flattering on all figures and baby bumps!!

    Rosy Outlook 

  • Reply Mica March 25, 2020 at 7:51 am

    they are cute dresses on you! I really like the olive one with the lace kimono 🙂 i’m finding dresses are good for when I do get out the house as I can just throw them in the washing machine when I get home to try reduce the risk of bringing in germs!

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂 It’s another week of working from home here!

  • Reply Jill March 25, 2020 at 7:19 am

    I haven’t worn my ruched dresses in a while and this is inspiring me to pull them out of my closet! All of these looks are beautiful! I love the first outfit with the lace kimono!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Reply Shelbee on the Edge March 25, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Amy Ann, these ruched dresses all look so fabulous on you! I am dying over your lacy kimono! And I love the leopard dress and this style dress with denim or leather moto jackets. So much wonderful style inspiration! Thanks for sharing.


  • Reply Meagan Brandon March 25, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Love that lace kimono. You’ve styled this dress so well! I was debating on getting the white and may have to pull the trigger.


  • Reply Shea March 25, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I haven’t worn a dress in a while, but I can’t wait until I can get out of my house again and start wearing some spring dresses. I love all the ways you’ve styled yours!

  • Reply Andrea Nine March 25, 2020 at 6:10 am

    I’m crazy for ruching, my skirt today has it. I adore all these cute and beautiful dresses! Thinking of you extra my beautiful friend.

  • Reply Pamela March 25, 2020 at 6:03 am

    You look so beautiful in that gorgeous lace kimino. In fact you carry off those dresses to perfection, gosh I wish I were tall! Take care of yourself and keep well Amy Ann

    Pamela x

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