One of the biggest trends in fashion lately is a return to retro trends.
Dresses are experiencing this retro revival in a big way. One big trend in the world of fashion is a return to flowy, hippie silhouettes such as the smocked dress. Whether it’s because we all got used to dressing comfortably after working from home for two years or because we’re experiencing collective nostalgia for a simpler time, it’s clear that the smock dress is here to stay.
If you want to hop on this trend but aren’t sure how, here is your guide to the smock dress, including some outfit ideas. We’ll also equip you with a list of the best stores where to find this dress and other fashion products.
What Is a Smocked Dress?
A smocked dress, also known as a smock dress, is a loose, voluminous dress made of panels of materials that have been pleated together in a technique called smocking. This technique has been around for centuries but was popularized in the smock-frock, a garment worn by farmers in England and Wales. With its loose, comfortable fit, the smocked dress channels life on the countryside and peasant fashion.
You can find smocked dresses in a variety of colors, fits, and lengths. One of the most popular styles is the smocked midi dress, which hits at the mid-calf for a relaxed yet elegant fit. If you want to go for the full hippie look, choose a smocked maxi dress, or buy a cropped, smocked mini dress if you’re not afraid of showing some leg.
Smocked dresses can vary depending on where the smocking is concentrated in the dress form. For example, a smocked bodice dress has most of its pleats in the chest or bodice area, while on a smocked waist dress, the pleats are gathered around the waist. The fit of the dress will depend on where the pleats gather. Be sure to check out US shopping reviews to see how the product fit other customers.
How to Style Smocked Dresses
Smocked dresses are so versatile that you can wear them to run errands, out for brunch, or even to the office.
For a casual walk around town, pair a white smocked dress with elegant sneakers such as Keds and a tote. You will look effortlessly put together in an outfit that is perfectly comfortable.
For a more edgy take on the trend, pair a black smocked dress with combat boots such as Doc Martens and a black purse. This adaptation is a great way to style this trend if you’re not comfortable with the ultra-feminine look of these dresses.
If you want to lean into the romantic nature of the smocked dress, wear a pastel smocked puff sleeve dress with sandals to feel like a princess (flowers in your hair are optional, but a great touch of whimsy).
Smocked dresses are lovely and versatile, but a touch too casual for evening wear. If you want to keep the comfort of the silhouette for a night out, opt for a chiffon dress instead.
Where to Buy a Smocked Dress
Here are some of the best places to buy this fun, flirty style.
ChicMe is a shopper’s favorite when it comes to the latest trends available at an affordable price. They have a great selection of ultra-casual, flirty smocked dresses in different colors and lengths, perfect for the beach or a trip to town.
Noracora specializes in casual yet elegant women’s clothing for the shopper that loves classic looks with a bit of flair. The site has a lovely selection of lightly smocked midi dresses perfect for summer. Check out Noracora reviews to see what customers had to say about fit and delivery.
Last but certainly not least, Modlily has long been a favorite for flirty, feminine fashion, including silhouettes such as the smocked dress. Check out Modlily reviews for more on their colorful, printed dresses.
Step Into Summer With Style
As the weather gets warmer, there’s no better outfit than a loose, smocked dress and your favorite pair of shoes. Now that you know where to shop for one, there’s nothing stopping you from a summer of comfort.