Smocked Dresses

Smocked Dresses
July 5, 2017 Rachel Spross
bell sleeves

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The off-the-shoulder silhouette has been popular for awhile now, and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. It’s definitely one of my favorite trends, but we’ve probably all been there when an OTS top or dress just. won’t. stay. up. Pretty annoying, right?! Enter, smocking—an excellent design element for keeping things in place.

I realize that not everyone was a fashion design major, so if I lost ya in my last sentence… Let me explain. Smocking is an embroidery technique that gathers up fabric tightly and makes it stretchy. Case in point, the bodice of both of these dresses. This technique pairs nicely with off-the-shoulder garments because it hugs the body, thus keeping your top or dress from falling down. Plus, it just looks cute and summery!

Moral of the story? If you wanna rock an OTS dress that is sure to stay put, look no further! I have both of these darling little dresses linked up down below with a few other smocked options.

Comments (4)

  1. Kelsey 5 months ago

    Haha, yes, I’ve TOTALLY had my OTS dresses slip a little too low….haha. I love this style and keep buying it….it’s gonna be a sad day if it goes out of style, because I’ll lose half my closet, haha!

  2. Vanessa 5 months ago

    This is just the prettiest dress! Love the pink!!
    Happy Wednesday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  3. Kate 5 months ago

    I used to be afraid of smocked material for the fact that it made my chest look super flat. I picked up an off the shoulder dress similar to this one, it was pleasantly surprised it looks better on than I thought it would

  4. Jessica 5 months ago

    I love these looks!! I really love how the smocked detail makes it look so flattering for any body shape 🙂

    Jessica |

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