Summer Must Have: A Smocked Maxi Dress
We are officially in the HEAT of the summer here in the south (and all over the country, right?!). So, in order to get dressed and stay cool, I am constantly wearing easy and breezy dresses. As you know, I have a constant rotation of dresses (like this one and this one) because wearing anything more during the summer heat is just too cumbersome. Which is why I love a smocked dress. Smocking is stretchy and figure-hugging, and that means it is comfortable and perfect for summer.
Usually you think of smocking in terms of children’s clothing, but it is having a major moment in adult clothing. And thank goodness, because I love the comfort and look of it! Also, if your smocked dress is around the bodice, and you have a smaller chest, you don’t even have to wear a bra. Honestly, that is a miracle and all I really want in summer. Who’s with me?!
Styling a Smocked Maxi Dress
The beauty of a smocked maxi dress, or any smocked dress at all, is that styling it is SO SIMPLE. You really only need to worry about your accessories. Since it is hot, you only need shoes and a bag. Seriously it’s that simple. You could also add a hat if you plan to be outside a lot. So, my advice for styling a smocked maxi dress is to keep it simple and keep it comfortable.
I paired my blue maxi dress with my favorite woven sandals because they are flat and easy to wear. The natural texture is perfect for summer, and they are incredibly comfortable. If you don’t have any, I would highly recommend trying out a pair! And, this straw clutch is another must-have because it really does match everything. It is the perfect summer neutral and I wear it with everything!
Shop Smocked Dresses
Excuse me while I add all of these smocked dresses to my cart. Honestly, they are SO comfortable and I can’t get enough of them! Shop all of my favorite smocked dresses under $100.
How do you feel about smocked dresses? Love them, need them, want them? Those are your only options, obviously.
photography by deeana kourtney photography