If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, then your mom most likely dressed you up on a pastel-colored smocked dress on more than one occasion. As a fashion refresher, smocking is sewing technique where fabric is gathered and pleated then held in place with parallel stitches. Usually elastic thread is used so that the smocked portion of the garment is stretchable and hugs the body to give the wearer some shape.
Smocked dresses have definitely returned as one of 2020’s favorite trends, and sophisticated reiterations of the classic technique were seen on the runways of Molly Goddard, Victoria Beckham, and Sandy Liang for Spring/Summer 2020. The beauty of the smocked dress is that it’s not at all intimidating to wear and it comes in a variety of styles to suit both the hubadera and the layer-loving girl and is pretty flattering on a different body types, too. Also, it’s the perfect frock to flaunt without having to wear a bra—talk about comfy!
Here we list five local online stores that offer dreamy smocked dresses you immediately want to add to your cart!
Amal The Brand
We first spotted the brand when Julia Barretto wore their mint green smocked dress for a mirror selfie, and it's safe to say that we've been obsessed with the look since then. Another style worth checkin out is their Adrianna dress that comes in a tiny floral print and pretty puff sleeves.
Lola & Daises
Known for their dainty prairie girl aesthetic, Lola & Daises just teased a new collection of loungewear dresses and we're pretty excited for what they have in store! This comfy-looking ivory dress is on the top of our list!
Looking an ultra feminine frock? Then shop Amari's signature Daydream dress that'll inspire you to take an OOTD stat! Tricia Gosngtian and Kylie Verzosa were spotted wearing the style and we don't wonder why.
If you're a fan of mini dresses, then Sunday Market has flirty smocked pieces you'll definitely love! Their Morgan tube dress is definitely worth shopping for girls with curves! They also have a selection of smocked tops you should checkout once you've scrolled through their feed.
To The Moon
To The Moon's minimalist and muted aesthetic will simply reel you in. Their latest collection includes two smocked dress styles that are simply chic and comfy to wear.
This brand's bestselling Florence dress has a cult following for all the right reasons. A no-fuss silhouette that looks good as soon as you put it on, its baby doll style is simply a must for any summer girl.
A brand well-loved by celebrities and influencers alike, Style Staple's latest collection features the dreamiest smocked dresses that will take you back in time. If we were to pick one style to cop from this gorgeous drop, it must be the Alice dress which is the perfect LWD for our extended summer season.