It’s Smock Frock Season – The New Trend To Try!

Guest Post Editorial

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about frocks this season. But if you’re not an expert on fashion terminology, figuring out what a frock is exactly can be kind of confusing.

So what is a frock and how can you style it?

Here’s what you need to know. Today, most people consider a frock to just be a dress. However, others consider a frock to be more of a smock-style dress. Both are correct; it’s just that one use of the term is just slightly more specific than the other.

Now, if you’re confused as to what a smock dress is, that’s a different story. This guide to smock dresses can serve as a great introduction for a style that will surely become one of your favourites for the season.

The guide explains the item as follows: “It has been described as having a loose and shapeless construction – often compared in exaggeration to a tent or sack. To be specific, a smock dress is a relaxed style of dress that tapers out from the neckline/bust. The top may be gathered into a yoke or through smocking at the bust.”

Part of the boom in popularity is thanks to the style’s ability to complement a variety of different shapes and sizes. Just like the wrap dress before it, you can rock this look if you’re thin, full-figured, and everywhere in between, and still look fashionable, feminine, and flirty.

Take the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge for example. While in Kaziranga visiting an animal sanctuary at the Centre for Wildlife and Conservation, Kate Middleton sported a pink boho smock dress with Indian-inspired embroidery around the top and hem. Although noted as a modestly priced dress, the Duchess still looked like royalty while feeding a baby elephant.

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Topshop Embroidered Smock Dress, £75.00 at Topshop (sold out)

Or, if you’re style is a little more on the darker side, you could use Adele’s recent take on the look to spark your fashion creativity. On a tour stop in Italy, the singer was spotted on an outing with her son wearing a low-key, long black smock dress. She wore her hair in a loose bun and opted for what looked like hotel slippers for footwear—definitely dressing the look down.

But if you’re look is a little different from Adele’s or the Duchess’, or somewhere in between, you can go right to the source for inspiration on this season’s dresses that are topping the trending charts. Search for your size, colour choice, and any other factors you want to narrow down selections that perfectly fit your personal style.

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You don’t have to mirror the model’s looks exactly, either. You can add your own accessories, change up the hair style and effectively dress things up or down depending on what you’re going for. But looking at the top designers’ latest collections is a good way to know that you’re on the right track for the perfect summer smock frock.

Now that you’re up-to-date on the terminology, take advantage of the comfy and cute smock frock while you can. You won’t regret it!

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Have You Tried The Trend Before? What Do You Think Of Smock Dresses?

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  • I kinda love this trend but it’s not ME at the same time so I think I’ll admire it but I won’t join in 🙂 x

  • fashion-mommy

    I love this trend, especially the way Duchess Kate wore it in that fab Topshop dress.

  • Reclusive Fox

    I love smocks! They are so feminine and pretty and they come in lots of different styles. Perfect for the summer 🙂

  • I think smocks are a lovely design but it’s finding one which suits me which I find hard as they’re mainly too floaty x

  • KGR

    I like the style but I don’t think it would suit me… I’d be worried if look blocky being so small!

  • Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth

    I used to wear lots of smock dresses years ago. Would love to restart with something pretty like that ‘soldout’ one!

  • I love a good smock dress! Covers my lumpy bits and they’re generally nice & frilly (which I love!)… I’ve got way too many dresses to be buying any more, but I really need a dupe of that Topshop one!

  • i love the look of these dresses but smock dresses doesn’t suit me 🙁

  • Mellissa Williams

    I think smocks need some shaping or you can look like a sack of potatoes lol. I prefer a good tunic with ties. I like the bottom one though, now that is so pretty.

  • The Topshop one is so cute, I had one similar but can’t find it anywhere! They can be tricky to style if you don’t get the perfect fit, but look so cute!

  • These are some awesome looks. I really like this trend but I haven’t tried it.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love the white frock it’s gorgeous and would look great for the summer.

  • Jessica

    Love this style! The Topshop Embroidered Smock Dress looks lovely. I hope it will fit me.

  • I used to *rock* the smock in my childhood…I haven’t tried it as an adultthough. Yet!

  • Sarahjane

    I love a smock dress and these styles you have picked out look amazing!

  • The smock was a noughties kid’s staple, I had so many and it is great to see it is coming back into fashion now!

  • I bought myself a smock dress recently and I absolutely love it! So summery and floaty 🙂

  • These dresses look so comfy and summery! Not sure any of these are my style particularly, but will keep my eyes peeled for something like this 🙂

  • I love wearing dresses in summer! Kate’s dress is beautiful, what a gorgeous print <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  • Those are some gorgeous dresses – there is something nice about pulling on your favourite dress in summer. x

  • kitty kaos

    such pretty dresses I love the monochrome check one x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I love this style of dress but I don’t have one in my wardrobe – I need to get one x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I love this style of dress and have one, it is totally black and the comfiest dress ever x

  • Linda Hobbis

    These look so comfy. Mind you Kate could wear a bin bag and still look gorgeous.

  • I do think the Duchess of Cambridge would look lovely in a bin bag! I do like frocks as just the word reminds me of my Grandma! Great that they cover all shapes and sizes.