The smocked tops of the early 2000s are back, but this go- around, they’re not just terrycloth cover ups or tube tops. Well, they can still be tube tops, but the recent iterations are far more grown up and sophisticated than those of the past, as demonstrated by the pre-fall collections of designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Caroline Constas and more. Whether in pastel florals, bright stripes or bold prints, they fall into multiple categories of this season’s (and next’s) trends. As you probably know well by now, in fashion, mixing something nostalgic with something new is always a good idea.
Lately, smocked tops are likely to be seen with matching, smock-waisted skirts or high-waisted trousers, making them a part of the perfect ensemble for your late-summer days off. Back in the real world, though, they can still be worn with your favorite vintage denim. And while we’d certainly caution against going overboard with any one era of “throwback” fashion, we kind of love the idea of pairing them with equally nostalgic strappy sandals and beaded bags.
But the number one reason we fashion girls are returning to the style? No matter which way you cut these smocked tops, they’ll make you look good. Whether nipping you at the waist or hugging all your curves, you can easily find a smocked top that embraces your favorite part of you. Dare to show off a little collarbone? Opt for an off-the-shoulder style (yep, also still in). Prefer to embrace an hourglass shape? Puffy sleeves and a smocked bodice will do the trick. Just want to look on trend? Any of these styles will do. To prove our point, shop our favorite picks below.
Smock, Drop And Roll
Pretty, Puffy Sleeves:
Whether in the form of puffy short sleeves or voluminous long sleeves, a bit of drama makes for a very modern, smocked silhouette. Simply pair with your favorite jeans and you're good to go.
Tanks & Tubes
As the most nostalgic version of the trend, these pieces retain the fresh, fun feeling smocked tops originally delivered. However, eschewing neon colors for pretty pastels and prints make them even more wearable for modern times. Try the cropped styles with a coordinating skirt, the longer hems with a nice pair of shorts—then, just add slides.
The off-the-shoulder trend isn’t going away anytime soon, simply because there’s so many ways it can be reinvented. Wear this take with a wide leg pant or culotte.