The slew of classics you see in your wardrobe today? Many of them started off as trends. They pop up and gain popularity, and if people gravitate toward them enough, you'll start to see them on the market season after season, and eventually, their consistent presence becomes the norm. That's the case with ruched tops. Alongside smocking, ruching within the fabric is an easy way to add a little something special to what could be a basic clothing item. I have mediocre sewing skills but have even used them to add ruching to a plain T-shirt to make it more interesting.
Now that ruching has surpassed peak popularity, there are quite a few options on the market. Whether it's ruching on the side of a top or creatively done on the sleeves or a neckline, it's a closet staple you'll want to get ahold of. Ruched pieces have been saviors to me. Whenever I want to keep things simple but still look (and feel) put-together, pairing one of these tops with a skirt or jeans does the job. I rounded up the best to shop below as well as some outfit inspiration along the way.