Ruching requires careful execution, especially when you’re using a delicate, shiny fabric like satin or charmeuse.

If it’s not done well, the dress ends up looking cheap and ill-fitting. And if you’re going to wear a cheap-looking dress, you might as well save yourself the $330 and buy yourself a $20 dress from Forever 21.

The ruching down the front of the model’s body doesn’t look stylized, it looks like the dress is pulling because they brought the wrong size. And having layers of small tiers on a tight skirt don’t help to create the appearance of a proper fit. Instead, it looks like she’s wearing creative sausage casing. Which brings me back to a rule I often exercise when shopping online: if it doesn’t look good on the model, odds are it’s not going to look any better when you get it home.

Somehow, I don’t see this dress defying that rule.

Betsey Johnson Stretch Charmeuse Dress – $174 (was $348)

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