Smocked Dresses For Women 

When it comes to clothing, smocking is for all ages. In fact, smocked tank tops, dresses, and even rompers can be flirty, summery, and comfortably chic. They’re the perfect summer outfit additions to your wardrobe to take you into fall. 

What Exactly IS Smocking?

Sartorially, smocking is an embroidery technique that gathers fabric to make a garment stretchy. In fact, it was actually used for necklines and sleeves before elastic was invented! But today, it’s purpose is less about function and more about fashion. While it echoes the free-spiritedness of past decades, it’s on-trend and current for 2020. What’s more, you can choose how much you’d actually like. Opt for a little smocked detailing on a waist, or slip into a full-on smocked tube top. Whatever your dosage, it’s enough detail to make you feel “dressed” but still cool and comfy enough for summer. 

Mix And Match Smocked Tops and Skirts

Of-the-moment matching adds so much versatility to your closet. Wearing a matching top and skirt gives you some very foxy 1970s vibes (bonus points if it’s floral!). What’s more, you can repurpose that printed off-the-shoulder smocked top with a pair of white denim shorts or even basic black leggings. The next day, tuck a solid-color tank or bodysuit into the skirt for a whole other outfit. (You could even add a cardigan or button-down to make it work-appropriate.) However you style them, when you consider the cost-per-wear, these are closet must-haves with a TON of mileage. 

Comfy Fashion That’s Actually Flattering

It turns out—smocking can be more than some interesting detail or a way to stay trendy. In fact, choosing a piece with strategically placed smocking can be perfectly flattering. Find the perfect smocked apparel to highlight whatever part of your body makes YOU feel your best.  

  • Confident About Your Chest? Slip on a babydoll dress or wrap-front romper with a smocked empire waist. The band will emphasize—and even help support—your best assets. (Psst: A pretty smocked dress can also serve double-duty as a swimsuit cover-up to head straight from the pool to the party.)  
  • Love Your Waist? A thick, smocked midsection on a top or dress can add definition and create an hourglass figure. Additionally, because of smocking’s elasticity, it adds some structure without being confining. Another bonus? Tossing on a smocked-waist top instantly makes an outfit out of any jeans, leggings, shorts, or skirts. 
  • All Up In Arms? Channel your inner flower child with some off-the-shoulder sleeves. They’re perfect for that weird season we like to refer to as no-longer-summer-and-not-quite-fall-but-it’s-STILL-super-hot. What’s more, they give you the chance to show off your shoulders—and your tan. 

It’s Time To Make Room In Your Closet For Smocked Dresses! 

Blu Spero is your go-to boutique for smocked apparel in 2020. We’ve got the best clothes and accessories for your summer fun, fall fashion, and all of your day-to-day needs. Shop our inventory online, or visit one of our locations to try on in-store. (Call ahead to double-check our hours.) Additionally, be sure to follow our Instagram for outfit inspo, launches, and giveaways, too!


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August 03, 2020 — Alexis Bratton