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
Linen Blend Shirred Midi Smock Dress, £45, Marks & Spencer
Pieces Mini Smock Dress, £35, ASOS
Green Puff Sleeve Mini Smock Dress, £17.99, New Look
TU Blue Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £24, Sainsbury's
Green Poplin Cut Out Mini Smock Dress, £26.25, Nasty Gal
Floral Midi Smock Dress, £69, Nobody's Child
Smocked Bodice Midi Dress, £130, Boden
Boohoo Smock Dress, £12, Debenhams
Lipsy Denim Smock Dress, £52, Next
Black Smock Mini Dress, £38, River Island
Smocked Check Dress, £49, Monsoon
Embroidered Maxi Smock Dress, $158, Free People
Smocked Tunic Mini Dress, £125, Anthropologie
Bright Pink Jersey Frill Mini Smock Dress, £15.99, New Look
White Frill Smock Broderie Hem Dress, £41, Oasis
Smocked Halter Midi Dress, £59.95, Gap
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