The Surprisingly Flattering Boho Trend That's Making a Major Comeback
Smocked fabric, which first saw a rise in the 1940s (think puffed-sleeve girls' dresses), then soared to new heights in the '70s (think billowy-sleeved maxi dresses), then bottomed out in the '90s (think popcorn tops…shudder), is back, baby, and it’s looking better than ever. Here are six 2018-approved ways to embrace the recycled trend.
The Smocked Dress Bodice
Body-con dresses are great for showing off your curves, but unfortunately they’re also great for showing off bumps, lumps and panty lines. Smocked fabric creates a similar body-hugging silhouette but is much more forgiving when it comes to creating a smooth, flattering line.
The Printed Tank
The rouching effect creates a cool distortion on prints and patterns and can even provide enough support for you to go braless (if that’s your thing). A snug fit also helps to balance out voluminous shorts, skirts and pants.
The Off-the-Shoulder Top
Finally, we can raise our arms in an OTS blouse and not have to immediately pull the neckline back down to readjust! Smocking helps everything stay right where it belongs, so you can show off that clavicle all day long.