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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.


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