Would You Wear It? Side Ruching

Would You Wear It? Side Ruching

Welcome to the weekend! My week dragged after my daughter went home so I am looking forward to downtime and doing something fun. I have something very exciting in the works with her and I am beyond excited…update soon.

It’s time for would you wear it (and why or why not).

Each Saturday Pam Lutrell of Over50Feeling40 and I share a mannequin we’ve seen and ask if you would wear what she’s modeling. We do this to better understand what you, our readers, think of certain styles and what styles you might enjoy wearing.

If you tell me “that’s horrible” or “that’s great”, I learn nothing so please explain why you would or would not wear something as it relates to your personal style. If you’re not sure why you wouldn’t wear something, please share that too. Other comments may help make it clearer for you.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this and why or why not as it relates to your body, shape or lifestyle? If you wouldn’t wear it please share with the same criteria.


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Now, let us go over and see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing here.

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts with me. Have a great day ladies!


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  1. September 22, 2018 / 3:51 am

    I wear ruching all the time! It is so flattering and can hide those little rolls and bulges we don’t want seen. I probably wouldn’t wear those exact mannequin items because I don’t care for the colors and fabrics.

  2. Deede
    September 22, 2018 / 4:01 am

    That is a hot mess…No, my minimalist taste is offended with all that is going on in those two outfits….Glad they are mannequins and not real people…

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      LOL. I’m glad the mannequins are not people too:)

    • Cyndi
      September 23, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      I’m not generally opposed to ruching but have to agree with Deede – these two look like a hot mess!

  3. Chris
    September 22, 2018 / 4:13 am

    Like the ruching on the top, not so much on the dress. I’ve seen styles similar to this on live models (aka my friends) and with the right top length and coordinating color on the bottom (or a monochromatic look), it is flattering to those of us carrying a little extra tummy at this stage in our lives.

  4. Kathy
    September 22, 2018 / 4:19 am

    Like the top with cap sleeves, but the dress looks like a slip that got caught in the washer. Just a strange color, too. I think ruching can be helpful for full tummy area by hiding the bulge, but I would never wear that dress. The top perhaps.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Ruching can be great for hiding things:)

  5. Linda
    September 22, 2018 / 4:21 am

    Ruching–in the right place–is very flattering and helps to hide things I don’t want to display. However, these outfits do not appeal to me at all. The colors (except for the wine turtleneck) are all wrong and the rushing is ‘over done.’ Also, I would never wear a slip dress (with or without a top underneath) nor would I wear the baggy pants as those items would not flatter my figure.

  6. L H Carter
    September 22, 2018 / 4:27 am

    Ruching is good, but it is not serving these ourtits well. at all. they both lookslike a Home Ec projects that will earn the inept sewer an F. I prefer short sleeve tees under slip dresses instead of turtlenecks.

  7. Susan
    September 22, 2018 / 4:38 am

    I do think ruching has its olace and can be effective on many clothing types especially swimsuits and wedding dresses. I find both mannequins’ offwrings this week are lacking an attractive quality. Do not like the slip dress. Too clingy for my curvy figure. Pam’s side: I don’t mind the pants and think they would look better with a white or ecru top in a linen or cotton material. The glitzy top is just not me.

  8. September 22, 2018 / 4:39 am

    Ruching can be very flattering and should be tried on to see….with that said, I don’t really like either of these styles, so I would say I would not wear them. Thanks Jennifer!

    • September 22, 2018 / 11:00 am

      Like you I wear ruching, but these two mannequins outfits are confusing. The dress is fine but with the turtleneck? ( I have never seen this ) Ok with little tees or Camis yes, but not long sleeves. It’s not for me! On the second mannequin, the sizes are wrong, but it could be a maybe in the right size!

      • Jennifer
        September 22, 2018 / 5:35 pm

        The turtleneck is a bizarre choice to pair with this dress.

  9. Shari
    September 22, 2018 / 4:46 am

    Yikes NO!
    And not for a good fashion reason…I do think the dress is pretty…on a long lean body…not mine!
    Now, I clearly remember two beautiful dresses theat I gave away decades ago with rushing! So sad!
    I don’t want to go through it again!

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 9:02 am

      I’m very careful what I give away now. I’ve made a few mistakes and lived to regret it too Shari

  10. September 22, 2018 / 4:46 am

    I do wear ruching, but I don’t like the items in the picture. Wrong color and fabrics for me. I never wear brown or beige or tan.

  11. Mary
    September 22, 2018 / 5:08 am

    When ruching is done right, it looks great! I like it on knit tops. The gold top is okay, but I would love it in navy.
    Who wears a turtleneck with a slinky dress?

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:59 am

      It’s an unusual pairing for sure!!

  12. Roxanne
    September 22, 2018 / 5:23 am

    I like a little ruching … I’m tall and slim, but have developed the dreaded meno-pot. However, I would never wear either of those outfits. The top on the right is too shiny and the one on the left is just tacky, as we say in the South. My husband has lost over 125 pounds but refuses to buy new clothes yet. All of his pants look like the ones on the model…I call them his clown pants! Whatever happened to beautiful, feminine clothes?

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Good for him, but he must need new clothes! My husband is loathe to buy clothes too! What’s up with that!

  13. Debbie Davis
    September 22, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Good Morning Jennifer, Nothing about the clothes this morning appeals to me! The ruching in a fabric is beneficial when placed in the right area, but these pieces have the appeal of a wrapped bath towel. The fabric is chintzy looking and sloppy. That alone would stop me, but the overall design of each piece is unattractive. Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Thanks Debbie

  14. Bea
    September 22, 2018 / 5:35 am

    Rucking can definitely be a girl’s best friend, when using the right material and proper technique. These two examples look awful, just like L H stated above. They are a home economics class gone wrong! Cheap material and way too much gathering. The slip dress has so much gathering on the hip, the left side of the screen, that it would actually emphasize, not minimize the hips. The top looks like someone just grabbed a bunch of material in their fist and tacked it in place. Sorry, but it’s a no go.

  15. Mary K
    September 22, 2018 / 6:06 am

    Oh No to both outfits. Wrong colors for me and ruching on dress is over the top. Looks like a slip! The top on right would need 3/4 sleeves for me instead of cap but the rushing is in wrong place for me. However I do like rushing in certain places as on sleeves. I have a cardi with rushed sleeves. Agree with much of what’s been said already!!

  16. Debbie
    September 22, 2018 / 6:15 am

    I would not wear those items but I do have a very pretty dress dress with side ruching. So I would wear side ruching. By the way, I love your blog and I have purchased several items from your Dressing Room Diaries and also some of your recommended items.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:56 am

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying DRD Debbie. I’ve discovered and bought many great pieces from them too.

  17. Cee Pluse
    September 22, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I am not a fan of ruching because I prefer a simpler look, so no, I would not wear either the dress or the top. Also, I do not care for the wildly asymmetrical cut of the dress hem. That said, I do like the turtleneck on the left mannequin and the suede boots on the right one. I would wear both of them with pants similar to the pair shown, but in a less droopy cut. I love the autumnal colors and they would suit my complexion.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Thanks for explaining Cee

  18. Also Jennifer
    September 22, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I don’t mind ruching if it is discreet and moderate, but these outfits (just as many others I’ve seen lately) overdo it. I don’t want to wear something with ruching in a prominent place. I just think it looks strange and messes up the proportions of the garment.

  19. Anon
    September 22, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I love ruxhing, but would not wear these outfits. The colors do not suit my complexion, I don’t wear spaghetti straps and satin is off my list.

  20. Susan
    September 22, 2018 / 7:13 am

    I have some ruched tops and think they can be flattering. But no to both of those examples. Shiny satin on me is not flattering at all. And I don’t think I’ve ever worn a slip dress, no matter what my age. Just too much going on with that one!

  21. Terry Hoover
    September 22, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Side ruching is great, but only at the waist line, not the hip. That slip dress just looks cheap and poorly made. But side ruching in general is very flattering. I LOVE the white tunic top.

  22. Janet
    September 22, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Nothing new to add really. Ruching can work so well if gathered nicely and with the right soft material. Unfortunately this doesn’t make it on any count starting wirh the wrong material, shapes and styles.

    Are they really serious or just trying to get our attention??!!

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Lol! I’m not sure what designers are thinking.

  23. September 22, 2018 / 7:28 am

    I am a ruching fan , just not a fan of these fabrics. Too much, too shiny for me.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Fabric is so important!thanks for explaining Diana

  24. Eileen
    September 22, 2018 / 7:55 am

    If I had red hair I would be wearing the right outfit, adding a camel cashmere cardigan. The left one is a strange color, and the boot, turtleneck addition is a odd parring, and the fabric doesn’t drape well enough for my taste. We are entering a warm color palette , and a mix it up crazy fashion season, so I’m sure we’ll see more of this.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Thanks Eileen

  25. Mollie M.
    September 22, 2018 / 8:30 am

    No to both outfits. They are so shiny and the ruching doesn’t appeal to me. There is too much of it. A little ruching to the side on a dress around the the waist is flattering.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thanks for sharing that observation Mollie

  26. Vickie
    September 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Like the tops but definitely not the dresses!

  27. Sydney85
    September 22, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Way too messy for me. So a definite no to both of these.

  28. Kathleen O'Brien
    September 22, 2018 / 9:33 am

    No, the ruching is totally in the wrong place for me. I don’t like the colors either. It just looks unkept and wadded up to me. It’s a no this time.

  29. Pat
    September 22, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I generally like ruching, but it has to be in the right place and done well. I do not think that is the case with these items. They look overdone and sloppy to me. The colors would not be flattering on me. I would not wear a slipdress. The top would look better if the ruching was more subtle.

  30. September 22, 2018 / 11:12 am

    I like a little ruching as it can be quite flattering, but I think it’s overdone on both these pieces. I would not wear either one.

  31. annie van der ven
    September 22, 2018 / 11:18 am

    No,no,no as I have said before ruching is only good on roman shades !!!

  32. beth byrd
    September 22, 2018 / 11:20 am

    I must say that I do like ruching. However, I do not care for either of the outfits above. It’s not about the ruching either.

    I don’t understand the first outfit at all. The turtleneck is great. But that dress does not fit with it at all — the color is wrong, the style is wrong and the fit is wrong.

    The second outfit might have worked with a different fabric for the top. The shiny material is too much. The pants are too baggy for that top and the color doesn’t work with that top.

    A big NO for today. Sorry.

  33. Joanna
    September 22, 2018 / 11:25 am

    The trousers are too baggy and an awful color. The slipdress might look nice on a young lady but not at my age, I don’t like mock turtlenecks and again, awful color ( on me). The gold top might be pretty with a pair of black slim fitting pants for a Christmas party. I’m not sure on that piece. I would have to feel the fabric and try it on to check the fit. It’s a definite maybe. ????
    You’ve captured my curiosity. A collaboration between you and your daughter.? Hmmm

  34. Mary Lou
    September 22, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    These are not my colors and the ruching appears overdone.

  35. Barbara Crowley
    September 22, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    No. because I do not especially like ruching and am too old for slip dresses. The tops are okay. Too much extra material for me.

  36. Becky
    September 22, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    No to both. For me, a little ruching goes a long way, & both these garments have too much. There is nothing about the dress that would flatter me, including the color.

  37. Maureen
    September 23, 2018 / 4:52 am

    I am wide in the waist at the moment. I would def not go for rusching .

  38. Lucretia Roletta
    September 23, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Rushing in the right places can be very flattering. The pants are right on trend as is the turtleneck with a slip dress. This last trend I will leave to the teeners. I personally would not wear any of the outfits because the individual items are the wrong color or fabric forme.

  39. Kay
    September 23, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    No. Nope. Not happening. I know the idea is to hide little rolls and whatnot, but all I see with ruching is horizontal lines around the midsection, something I do not need.

  40. Cynthia
    September 23, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I love side ruching as I find it helps camouflage my problem area. I think these garments look cheap and poorly constructed, though, so I would not wear them.

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