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.