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17 best smock dresses to beat the heat this summer

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

I find summer dressing more of a faff than winter, especially in the heat. 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 for summer 2022

Pink Smock Midi Dress, £40, River Island

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Linen Blend Shirred Midi Smock Dress, £45, Marks & Spencer

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Pieces Mini Smock Dress, £35, ASOS

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

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TU Blue Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £24, Sainsbury's

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Green Poplin Cut Out Mini Smock Dress, £26.25, Nasty Gal

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Floral Midi Smock Dress, £69, Nobody's Child

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Smocked Bodice Midi Dress, £130, Boden

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Boohoo Smock Dress, £12, Debenhams

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Lipsy Denim Smock Dress, £52, Next

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Black Smock Mini Dress, £38, River Island

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Smocked Check Dress, £49, Monsoon

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Embroidered Maxi Smock Dress, $158, Free People

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Smocked Tunic Mini Dress, £125, Anthropologie

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

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White Frill Smock Broderie Hem Dress, £41, Oasis

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Smocked Halter Midi Dress, £59.95, Gap

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