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Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

There are few trends I miss from my youth. I’m of the mind that fashion has only improved since the early aughts—an era that can really only be described as “regrettable” when you consider all the low-rise jeans, excessive embellishments and straight-up chainmail that pervaded it. But one relic from the past I’ve missed since my elementary school days? Smocked clothes.

There’s something endlessly fun about the super-elastic, super-textured feel of smocked pieces. The way your clothes fit your form without leaving you feeling constricted or immobile. The way you could pull the puckered fabric away from your body and watch it softly snap back—again, and again, and again. Smocked clothes were one of the few advents of the early aughts that deserved a full-on craze, and it’s a shame we let them go the way of rimless rectangle sunnies and purses covered in rhinestones.

Thankfully, 2019 has given us a rebirth of the smocked clothing trend (in addition to a handful of other retro resurgences I’m admittedly less here for—whatever, as long as low-rise jeans stay in the early 2000s where they belong, I can’t complain that much). And the best part about this specific revival is: Smocked clothes don’t feel distinctly aughts-y. There’s no separating tiny sunglasses, or strappy block heels, or lettuce hems, or bucket hats from their once-regrettable, once-very tacky origins. But smocked clothes almost feel more in line with the aesthetic of the 1990s than they do with that of the 2000s. They don’t reek of body glitter or Nelly Furtado music. We can wear them without reliving the days we spent doing the “Crank That” Soulja Boy dance while wearing chain belts and way too much mesh.

Smocked clothes are a sheer delight—nothing more, nothing less. And they deserve a spot in anyone’s sartorial rotation—even (and perhaps especially) in 2019.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

1. Glamorous Gingham Cami Jumpsuit, $54 at ASOS

Nothing about this gingham jumpsuit says 2000s, which means it gets a “yes” from me.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

2. Dot If I Can Help It Shirred Dress, $30 at Nasty Gal

Proof smocked clothes are among the most figure-flattering around.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

3. Smocked Crop Top, $12.90 at Forever 21

A going-out top that’s as fun as it is comfortable. (Plus, no risk of unintended wardrobe malfunctions here!)

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

4. Taffy Smocked Tiered Midi Skirt, $29.99 at Urban Outfitters

Because tops aren’t the only pieces that deserve the smocked treatment.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

5. Ombre Ruffled Smock Top, $11.99 at Forever 21

Tie-dye and smocked all in one? Could this top be any more on-trend?

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

6. Floral Shirred Top, $54 at ASOS

Because you shouldn’t have to pick between puff sleeves, bell sleeves, ruffles, florals and smocked bodices if you don’t want to.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

7. Lucca Couture Kimberly Smocked Tie-Shoulder Midi Dress, $88 at Urban Outfitters

A dress you probably owned in middle school. (Honestly, maybe elementary school.) Whatever—you probably look better in it now.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

8. Smocked Ruffle Crop Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters

The most quintessential spring top I’ve laid eyes on in a while.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

9. Off-Shoulder Shirred Ruffle Romper, $40 at ASOS

A romper with such thoughtfully placed smocked detailing that it’ll never ride up or fall down.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

10. Out from Under Jessica Smocked Floral Cami, $24.99 at Urban Outfitters

Because dresses aren’t the only way to get your floral on this season.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

11. Mabel Floral Smocked Mini Dress, $29.99 at Urban Outfitters

An ever-so-slightly smocked bodice—complemented by ever-so-slightly smocked sleeves.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

12. Long-Sleeve Shirred Top, $51 at ASOS

Simultaneously comfy and statement-making—what’s not to love?

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

13. Lovers + Friends Monaco Top, $98 at Revolve

All-smocked-everything is my new dream aesthetic.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

14. Gingham the Goods Shirred Midi Dress, $40 at Nasty Gal

Everything about this dress screams spring 2019.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

15. Truly Madly Deeply Smocked Peplum Tee, $19.99 at Urban Outfitters

Because everything—even your the comfiest of black tees—can be made better with a little smocked detailing.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

16. Out from Under Smocked Tie-Shoulder Cami, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Sure to play well with anything in your closet.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

17. Tampa Gauze Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress, $99 at Urban Outfitters

There’s a lot going on with this dress, and all of it is absolutely wonderful.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

18. Golden Age Printed Top, $29.95 at Free People

The only thing that could make a smocked top better? Ruffles.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

19. Pepita Smocked Ruffle Cropped Tank Top, $34 at Urban Outfitters

A smocked top that feels more aughts than ’90s—and if that’s your thing, embrace it.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

20. Amanda Uprichard x Revolve Amara Smocked Mini Dress, $242 at Revolve

A mini you’ll never flash someone in. (All that ruching will keep it firmly in place.)

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

21. Amanda Uprichard Marisol Top, $164 at Revolve

Smocked tops are fun. Metallic, millennial pink smocked tops are even more fun.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

22. The Fifth Label Foundation Smocked Peplum Tank Top, $74 at Urban Outfitters

Slip into this, and you’ll be happy—no matter what the weather is doing this time.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

23. Amethyst Romper, $160 at Free People

The smocked trend was basically designed for off-the-shoulder action.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

24. Val Velour Smocked Crop Tube Top, $19.99 at Urban Outfitters

A tube top you won’t have to pull back up every 10 seconds.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

25. Shirred Mini Skater Dress, $48 at ASOS

So comfy. So cute. So delightful.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

26. Fremont Smocked Contrast Stitch Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

I just—I can’t resist.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

27. Lisa Says Gah Toni Smocked Crop Top, $148 at Urban Outfitters

Excuse me while I live in this top for the rest of spring.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

28. Floral Print Mini Dress, $17.90 at Forever 21

Too fun to pass up.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

29. Luca Smocked Long-Sleeve Crop Top, $19.99 at Urban Outfitters

This top is so damn fun to look at I can’t tear my eyes away.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

30. Capulet Blaire Top, $79 at Revolve

A distinctly 2019 take on the classic spring bandeau.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

31. Bella Smocked Slip, $88 at Free People

Is it just me, or do bow sleeves make smocked pieces, like, infinitely better?

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

32. Superdown Abigail Smocked Top, $56 at Revolve

Oh yeah, smocked going-out tops are very much on the menu.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

33. Cami Smocked Cropped Tube Top, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Because smocked tops and lettuce hems aren’t (and shouldn’t be) mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

34. Cry Baby Crinkle Smocked Babydoll Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Another piece you definitely owned some variation of in middle school, that you’d definitely look cooler in now.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

35. Out from Under Smocked Bodysuit, $29.99 at Urban Outfitters

Meet: your new favorite comfy AF bodysuit.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

36. Shirred Sleeve Top, $45 at ASOS

A smocked top fit for the office.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

37. Josephine Gauze Babydoll Mini Dress, $59 at Urban Outfitters

Florals, frills and smocked details—I’m overwhelmed.

STYLECASTER | Smocked Clothes Are the Retro Must-Have Your Spring Wardrobe Needs

38. Lost + Wander Bloody Mary Smocked Crop Top, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters

Somehow the exposed threads make this smocked top even more delightful.

 

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