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18 best smock dresses to beat the heat this summer

From tiered mini dresses to midis, the smock dress is the easiest, breeziest dressing

smock dresses

I find summer dressing more of a faff than winter, especially in the heat and humidity. Wearing a tight or restrictive high street summer dress during a hot and humid day has me starting to sweat at the thought of it.

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My secret solution? Breezy and billowy summer smock dresses, all tiered and terrifically loose to waft around a British beach in.

Finding the sweet spot between summer loungewear and cute fashion, a smock dress is as stylish as it is sweat-free. Typically tiered, they're voluminous in shape and oversized, without a pinch of a button or a restrictive strap in sight; some come with shirred busts to add a little definition, but the best smock dresses are nothing but big, beautiful swathes of easy-breezy material.

How to style a smock dress

Wondering how to wear a smock dress? They're the perfect pairing to a chunky dad sandal (helps to balance out the width of the dress), a light loafer reminiscent of a 00s Alexa Chung or dressed up with a block heel; you can even rely on them come autumn, by swapping your sandals for boots and a pair of tights if needed.

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Best smock dresses 2022

rochelle

Floral Maxi Smock Dress, £49, Nobody's Child

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denim smock

Denim Smock Dress, £46, River Island

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laredou dress

Black Smock Dress, £27.50, La Redoute

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oasis

Gingham Smock Dress, £48, Oasis

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simplybe dress

Chambray Smock Midi Dress, £40, Simply Be

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paisley

 FatFace Paisley Smock Dress, £19, Marks & Spencer

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asos smock dress blue

Pieces Mini Smock Dress, £15, ASOS

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bright green smock

Green Puff Sleeve Mini Smock Dress, £17.99, New Look via Klarna

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sleeper dress

Sleeper Linen Dress, £260, Urban Outfitters

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green smock dress

Green Poplin Cut Out Mini Smock Dress, £10, Nasty Gal

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smock dress floral nc

Floral Midi Smock Dress, £41, Nobody's Child

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boden dress

Smocked Bodice Midi Dress, £52, Boden

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_boohoo smock dress

Boohoo Smock Dress, £13.50, Debenhams

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denim smock dress

Lipsy Denim Smock Dress, £52, Next

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black smock dress

Black Smock Mini Dress, £38, River Island

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yellow smock dress

Smocked Check Dress, £49, Monsoon

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navy free people dress

Embroidered Maxi Smock Dress, £158, Free People

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anthropologie smock

Smocked Tunic Mini Dress, £125, Anthropologie

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pink smock dress new look

Bright Pink Jersey Frill Mini Smock Dress, £15.99, New Look

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oasis smock dress

White Frill Smock Broderie Hem Dress, £41, Oasis

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gap blue dress

Smocked Halter Midi Dress, £59.95, Gap

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