4 Ways To Wear A Smocked Dress for Summer

A dress can not only be an easy piece to throw on and go, but a great dress can also be a versatile piece in your wardrobe. This year we are seeing smocked details all over on tops and dresses, but have you thought about also turning that dress into a skirt? Let me show you how I did it, along with four ways to wear a smocked dress for summer.

The Smocked Tiered Dress

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First things first, this is one of my favorite dresses for summer. The straps unbutton in the back so you can tuck them in or wear them crisscross. Plus they are adjustable to fit multiple bust sizes. I prefer to go braless with this dress and wear these, but you could also opt for a strapless bra. It also has pockets – can it get any better? This dress runs true to size (TTS). I’m wearing size small.

1. Add a jacket + crossbody bag

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Cool mornings? Hanging out in AC all day? Easiest thing to do is grab a lightweight jacket or cardigan. I opted for this chore coat and love the softer warm white color with the smocked clay dress. A classic denim jacket would also work well.

2. Belt it + Sun hat

Belting a flowy dress is one of my favorite ways to change the shape and define the waist. I’m loving this thicker leather belt as it gives a bit of a soft western vibe if that makes sense. It was calling for a sun hat too – perfect for a Saturday morning at the farmer’s market or brunch. I also love this for sight seeing on vacation. Pockets to hold all of the essentials and the hat to hide wind blown or dirty hair (who has time for extra washes?).

3. With A Wrap Top

4 ways to style a dress for summer with vetta capsule smocked tiered dress and wrap top
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vetta capsule wrap top reversible over smocked tiered dress summer dress styles
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I’m not sure which is better the front view or the back? These pieces were literally made for each other, but you can take this inspo for any reversible or wrap top in your closet. It would be so cute with buttons in the back like on this top too.

Wondering how to tie the bow after the top is on? My trick is to tie it first and then slip it over my head. Saves a whole lot of awkwardness.

4. As A Skirt

4 ways to style a dress for summer, smocked tiered dress from vetta capsule styled by Ashleigh Becker
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How to style a dress as a skirt, smocked tiered dress turned skirt, slow fashion blogger Ashleigh Becker
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This is probably my most favorite way to wear this dress now – as a skirt! I tucked the straps and top in to turn the smocked top into a waistband and now I have a high rise skirt. You can tuck it in more or less to change the width of the waistband. You could also put a belt over it to change it up even more. This way such a comfortable way to style this dress & easily wear it into fall with long sleeve tops.

4 Ways To Style A Dress For Summer. Which is your favorite?

You can check out this dress & my other favorite summer dresses here.


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