This Is Already Summer's It Dress Trend, According to Shopbop, Revolve, and Ref

Yes, I'm aware that it's not yet summer (and technically won't be for approximately another 63 days). But it turns out I'm not alone in wishing we could hit fast-forward, as I've noticed that some of my go-to retailers for warm-weather clothes have already been dropping a major summer dress trend. As I was scrolling through the new-arrivals sections on Shopbop, Revolve, and Reformation, I kept seeing the same dress trend pop up over and over again.

That's when my Instagram feed confirmed it: Smocked dresses are already summer's It trend. Smocking isn't necessarily a new trend (it was a hit last summer, too), but this year, designers are doubling down on '90s-inspired scrunchie detailing in the dreamiest dress shapes. From romantic puff sleeves to pretty floral prints, I'm pretty sure there's nothing more I want in a summer dress. Scroll down to see and shop all the coolest smocked dresses from the retailers that are leaning hard into the trend.


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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.