We'll Be Living Out High Summer Exclusively in Smocked Dresses
Keeping the summer dress code cool when sweltering temps set in is as essential as an afternoon ice cream (hey, we don't make the rules). So if you can't get away with wearing your bikini on the regular, smocked dresses are the next best thing. Last summer's obsession with the nap dress was just the beginning; now the market is flooded with smocked styles that are at once easy and elevated — the answer to one-and-done dressing when it's too hot to even think about putting on clothes.
Here, we zeroed in on our favorite styles — the kinds that come with statement-making prints so you need little else in the way of outfit details, as well as neutrals, and stripes that feel quintessentially summer. Shop our edit of the best, then glean some styling inspiration from influencers who've mastered the look.
Summersalt Smocked Nautical Stripe Maxi Dress
Tie-shoulder details give this Summersalt Smocked Nautical Stripe Maxi Dress ($135) a feminine finish.
La Ligne Smock Bodice Cap Sleeve Cotton Dress
What's easier than throwing on this La Ligne Smock Bodice Cap Sleeve Cotton Dress ($295)?
& Other Stories Floral Print Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
From the sleeves to the print, this & Other Stories Floral Print Puff Sleeve Mini Dress ($89) is perfectly romantic.
How to Style It
In an understated black, the smocked dress is easy to dress up or down.
Choose a standout print, and summer dressing has never been easier.
Keep it simple and opt for a creamy neutral, then add on some subtle jewels.
Opt for a smocked dress in a vibrant color, and you need little else to complete your outfit.
Make the summer staple work for chilly nights and transitional weather when you throw a blazer over your shoulders.
Even in a bold print, a smocked dress exudes carefree vibes.