This season’s smocked pieces are crafted from light fabrics like linen and silk, and unsurprisingly, feature seasonal prints like floral and gingham. All of this makes them ideal to throw on when you’re in need of an outfit that feels decisive, but takes next to no effort. The stretchy fabric makes any dress (and, therefore, any outfit you wear with it) immediately more summery, so it makes sense that the trend tends to come back around at the first sign of warm weather. Even though they’re not necessarily new for 2021, shirred dresses still feel like a current option and a surprisingly comfortable one, at that.
Shirred dresses are made up of horizontal lines of elastic thread which draws the fabric together and stretches over the bust, waist and neckline – a comfy bodycon if you will. While the rest of the dress flows over your body to create an easy silhouette. Good, right? The best part of shirred dresses is that they suit everyone – and I say that as someone who rarely suits everything. The shirred part of the fabric feels comfortable against your body, giving you shape and support, and in all honesty, you barely even feel like you’re wearing the rest of the dress. It’s that effortless.
The popularity of these shirred dresses started circulating in 2018 and have only become more popular on Instagram (and real life) as time has gone on, thanks to some cult buys that supported the trend.
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