Based off the name alone, smock dresses often get a bad rep for being frumpy — the kind of dresses you only throw on to wear around the house or get your haircut. But the good news is that smock dresses (see: the style made with gathered, stretchable fabric) truly have a lot more to offer, and there are a ton of brands out there right now proving it.
From mall classics like Mango and Free People to cult-favorite Ganni, we've seen the smocking technique on just about everything in the last few months — be it bathing suits or sweet summer tops — and the seemingly endless selection of dresses promise to keep the movement going into the cooler months, too. You can keep things playful with the babydoll silhouette, or go full on Prairie It-Girl in a midi- or maxi-length dress. However you like your smock, we promise you'll both be on trend.
Check out over a dozen of our favorites below, starting at $48.
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