The Magic of Ruching

Ruching is universally flattering and can be easily found in many styles and sizes. It's pure magic when it comes to hiding trouble spots.
Charlize Theron Ruched Dress

Many of the women I work with have two primary concerns when choosing clothing:

  1. Which clothing will work to slim and make them look thinner.
  2. How to hide troubled areas easily, with things that are already in their closet, without having to squeeze themselves into uncomfortable shapewear. 

There are several ways to hide troubled areas with your clothing, and it’s actually easier than you might think. We’ll take a look at four different ways to use your clothing to your advantage and help you appear slimmer in your daily attire. 


There are several ways to hide those trouble areas, but my favorite is ruching your clothing (this is where the fabric is sewn and gathered). Just be sure it is subtle, as too much will have the opposite effect and add visual weight. Ruching is universally flattering for everyone and can be easily found in many styles and sizes. Whether it’s to one side, over the torso, running the length of the body, or up a sleeve, it not only adds interest and femininity to a garment, but it’s pure magic when it comes to hiding trouble spots.

Show it Off

My second favorite trick to looking thinner in seconds is to show off your skinny bits! And yes, ladies, we all have skinny bits. Wearing or pushing up your sleeve to a ¾ length instantly takes pounds off and, as a bonus, makes you look taller!

Focus, Focus, Focus!

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Next is to emphasize your waist. You can use the ruching method (as stated above) or simply ensure that you do not have too much excess fabric hanging around your waist. You can create a strong silhouette by wearing tailored-to-fit clothing that’s not too big or too tight, and you’ll be surprised at how it takes pounds off instantly. You’ll also look more polished and put together, which, some days, is the biggest benefit of all.

Things to Avoid

Lastly, avoid external patches, pockets, and large-scale prints. To create the best visual harmony, you should choose a print size by comparing them to your features. The smaller the scale you are, the smaller the scale of the patterns you should choose. Look at the size of your eyes, the apple of your cheeks, and the tip of your nose. Also, consider your bone structure and size. The more you reflect what’s naturally you, the more your clothing showcases you, not you showcasing the clothes. 

Our Top Ruching Picks to Fit and Flatter

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