Smock dresses and swing dresses, the two kind of dresses that you either lust over or try and avoid. When it comes down to it, I’m a bit of both; I love the simpleness of the designs and cut and they’re so easy to wear but then again, I tend to automatically think if I picked that dress to wear today, it would do me no justice. The stereotypical presumption for smock dresses is lifeless and unflattering as they don’t really have a ‘shape’ to them but I think it’s all in the way you style them which will influence the way you carry them off. Smock dresses are also often associated with summer, being light, flowy and comfortable they are the perfect choice but I believe you can turn any item (apart from the obvious beach wear) into a versatile piece for the autumn/winter, it’s all about the detail and the accessories you pick to enhance.
This has to be one of the most favourite dresses I own, the navy blue colour with basic printed daisies opens out the options on how to style it. As you can see, I’ve paired it with a chunky camel scarf (possibly the most comfiest scarf I’ve ever purchased), a camel coloured hat and some light beige ankle boots. Matching all the 3 add ons with a similar shade of brown makes it the ideal Autumn inspired outfit.
Dress – Ever Ours (old) | Coat – Primark | Boots – Forever 21 | Hat – H&M
Mixing a monochrome floral dress with a pastel coloured coat is a clever way of injecting more colour into your wardrobe and allowing the pattern to still stand out even though you’ve added a layer to keep you nice and toasty. Although the cuffed sleeves appear too pretty to cover up, the mid section of where the smock dress gathers can still pay the chief compliment to your outfit.
Dress – Primark | Gilet – Dorothy Perkins | Boots – Primark | Hat – H&M
I have cheated here as this is more of a swing dress but it still doesn’t hold much shape to it which makes wearing it alone that little more risky. Gilet’s are always my answer to a problem, you can wear them over almost anything and it will give you that wintery feel. Black on black is my favourite combination, fluffy black garments on top of a sixties inspired dress makes it even better. I don’t know why it works so well, I just love the way the gilet makes the dress look more a-line to my figure.
Dress – Ever Ours (old) | Shoes – Primark | Coat – Primark | Hat – Primark
Sticking with the hat and the brown toned colour chart theme, I turned a Spring like dress into a dress which is fit for all seasons. The light beige colour to this dress was a major advantage, the beige/camels shades are my most adored and I have so much variety when it comes down to garments I can pair it with. The gorgeous rose embroidery is the main focus and I didn’t want to step away from that, so throw on an almost identical coloured coat and a fedora and you’re good to go.
Are you a lover of smock/swing dresses? Which is your favourite outfit out of the 4?