The Smock Trend Is Making a Comeback in Your Wardrobe This Summer

2019 has given us a trip down memory lane with several '90s fashion trends. First, we got to relive our childhood with those fun scrunchies and hair accessories we used to rock as kids. The resurgence of platforms also brought us joy, especially when Steve Madden released a shoe collection inspired by the footwear style. Now, smocked dresses are the latest trend giving us pure '90s nostalgia. While we first saw the scrunched up fabric in off-the-shoulder tops, smock dresses are now helping us release our inner child. Whether you're looking for a long dress for those chillier summer nights or want to show some skin with a leg-baring piece, these are the hottest smocked dresses of the season. Scroll through to see our top picks.

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Solid & Striped Mini Ruffle Dress shopbop photo

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Solid & Striped Mini Ruffle Dress

Looking for a little black dress that adds some instant drama to your summer outfit? Look no further than this stunner from Solid & Striped. The smock fabric hits the body in the right places, while the ruffled neckline take the dress to a whole other level. Whether you need the dress for an upcoming wedding or graduation, you can get it at your doorstep in as little as two days with Amazon Prime. ($248;

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Reformation Rouen Smocked Minidress

This summer, unleash your wild side in an animal print smock dress like this one from Reformation. While rocking head-to-toe animal print sounds a bit intimidating, this feline-inspired piece adds the perfect wow-factor to your warm weather outfit without looking gaudy. Luckily, no animals were harmed in the making of this frock. ($178;

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ASOS Design Smock Bustier Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a staple in every girl's closet. That's why this smock dress from ASOS Design is a must-have for your summer wardrobe. The hemline beautifully grazes your ankles, while the tie back is the focal point of the dress. If you're not a big fan of the checkered print, this dress is also available in black. ($60;

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Faithfull Farah Smocked Midi Dress

When it comes to showing off your hourglass figure, smock dresses are a must. Aside from comfort, this number from Faithfull molds to all body shapes to accentuate a gal's natural curves. As far as shoes go, you can keep things casual with a pair of gladiator sandals or dress up the look with some platform sandals. Note: The dress does run small, so we recommend sizing up to get your best fit. ($219;

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model wearing UO Greta Floral Smocked Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress urban outfitters photo

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UO Greta Floral Smocked Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress

As the seasons change, so do our closets. While fall and winter are all about neutral and deep hues, summer brings out the pops of colors in your wardrobe. If you tend to shy away from color, this scarlet dress from Urban Outfitters is an easy and fun way to take a break from all the darker pieces and broaden your color palette. Thanks to the long sleeves, you can easily transition this frock from summer to fall by adding combat boots, like these Doc Martens. ($50;

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Steele Prato Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Move over, Angelina Jolie. There's a new leg-baring queen in town. While countless celebrities have rocked the high-slit trend on the red carpet, you too can wear the sexy trend this summer with this off-the-shoulder smock dress from Steele. Available in sizes XXS to XL, this size-inclusive dress is perfect for showing off that stunning sun-kissed glow. Best of all, the frock is made with rayon, a breathable summer fabric, that prevents you from overheating on those scorching summer days. ($399;

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Speechless Smock Sleeve Dot Dress

From Dolce and Gabbana to Fendi, polka dots took center stage at Milan's Spring 2019 Fashion Week. Now, the spotted trend can be seen everywhere from tops to bottoms. Easily rock the sweetest print of the season with this stunning sleeved dress from Speechless. The smocked fabric around the waistline adds a slimming effect, while the fit and flare silhouette gives the piece a flirty touch. ($49;

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ASOS Design Button Through Smock Mini Dress

Rocking animal print isn't the only way to embrace your wild side. Taking a page from nature, this leaf-printed smock dress is a head-turning piece for your upcoming beach getaway. The frock nips at the waist to accentuate the natural waistline, while the puffed sleeves add a romantic flare to the dress. To fit a wider range, the dress is also available in petite sizes. ($34;

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Intimately Bella Smocked Slip

While there are a lot of smocked options on the racks, we're obsessed with this body-hugging piece from Intimately. Whether you're hitting the beach or taking a stroll on the boardwalk, this dress perfectly complements all your outdoor activities. Available in five different colorways, there is a design that fits everyone's unique style. ($88;

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