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Romantic Ruching: Pleat Yourself

Romantic Ruching

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (as in, if you haven’t made reservations at the best restaurant in town, it’s probably too late), so a little romantic ruching is in order. I love that the style can give you either flowing, petal-like ruffles or tight, sexy gathering. So on a day like February 14th, you just can’t go wrong with ruching! Here are some top picks gathered up for every kind of date, be it at home watching a movie or out at a lavish ball:

Balenciaga Ruched Front Top: You don’t have to be Molly Ringwald to be pretty in pink. With its figure-flattering banded hem, this suede Balenciaga is both feminine and dignified. Pre-order at Barneys New York for $1,535.

See by Chloé Striped Center Ruched Skirt: Here’s a case where sweet lilac and seductive pleating come together – great for V-Day as long as you do some ladylike maneuvering when you take your seat at dinner. On Ssense for $112 (from $375).

Helmut Lang Solar Drape Ruched Pants: Not all ruching has to be super girly. Pair these slouchy cropped pants with some pointed flats and a sexy tank for an easy, breezy look. On Shopbop for $290.

Diane von Furstenberg Bentley Ruched Short Dress: This classic date night dress in vibrant fuchsia will hit your curves in all the right places and maybe even give you some you didn’t know you had! At Neiman Marcus for $285.

Zac Posen Ruched Bust Gown: A little silk ruching to give your décolletage a boost, plus a stunningly structured back. This red-hot number won’t make it in time for Valentine’s Day, but it will be happy to accompany you to a springtime ball come April. Pre-order at Barneys New York for $4,890.



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