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This Is The Dress You Need According To The SS18 Runway

The '80s called...

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While Fashion Week generally happens six months before the sartorial season the collections are designed for, there are always details and trends we can't wait to add to our closets immediately. One look we've been seeing all over the runways at the big four fashion capitals is sure to encourage you to get your hair permed and your shoulders padded, because it is straight out of the '80s prom of your dreams (or nightmares). 

Everyone from iconic designers like Versace and Dolce & Gabbana to demure labels Tibi and No.21 and even newer cult brands including Kendall + Kylie and Molly Goddard have collectively made it official: drawstring ruching has made a triumphant return, particularly in the dress department. Fitted mini- and midi-length bodycon frocks with statement gathering right down the middle are officially back in a big – and we mean '80s cell phones big – way. 

1) Kendall + Kylie (image: Vogue.com) 2) No. 21 (image: Wwd.com) 3) Versace (image: Vogue.com)

Unlike its cousin, the ruffle, ruching doesn't add a huge amount of volume to your silhouette, making it a more flattering detail to don for most body types. Plus, the fitted shape contours to your body like a glove, making it the perfect piece for a night out on the town.

Opt for something sheer and sexy à la Kim K at the 2016 MTV VMAs paired with a minimal strappy sandal to really let the dress do the talking, or choose a simpler (and more opaque) version of the sleek yet statement style for more casual wear. If you truly want to turn heads when you walk into the room, consider accessorizing your fluted look with a pair of faux fur pumps that are both comfy and on-trend.

Check out our selection of ruched, runway-inspired dresses to add to your closet right away: 
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Pretty Little Thing Ruched Black Bodycon Dress - $44
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2/19
Missguided Ruched Strappy Mini Dress - $35
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3/19
Boohoo Plus Floral Ruched Plunge Dress - $27
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4/19
Fashion Union One Shoulder Dress - $56
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5/19
River Island Ruched One Shoulder Dress - $30
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6/19
Free People Eclipse Bodycon - $30
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7/19
Pretty Little Thing Plunge Bodycon Dress - $40
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8/19
Motel Off Shoulder Bodycon Dress - $56
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9/19
Boohoo Slinky Ruched Bodycon Dress - $25
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10/19
Club L Ruched Gathered Detail Dress - $20
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11/19
Silence + Noise Ruched Mini Dress - $40
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12/19
Honey Punch Bodycon Dress - $54
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13/19
Nasty Gal A Step In The Tight Direction Ruched Dress - $18
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14/19
Missguided Curve Ruched Dress - $45
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15/19
New Look Ruched Mini Dress - $32
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16/19
River Island Black Ruched Bodycon Dress - $20
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17/19
Pretty Little Thing Black Bardot Ruched Bodycon Dress - $40
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18/19
Boohoo Tassle Ruched Bodycon Dress - $32
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19/19
Missguided Navy One Shoulder Ruched Dress - $48
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Cover image: Vogue.com
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