The smock dress or smock frock was originally an item of clothing worn by rural farmers in the UK, but during the 1970s the style was taken on by the fashionable set when the fad for all things flowing and natural took over from the sharp lines and manmade fibres of the 1960s. Smock dresses were originally made from wool or linen, were knee length and long sleeved with a collar. Today a smock dress can refer to any dress cut in the loose and flowing style of the original smock frock. If youâre looking for a versatile item to add to your wardrobe that you can wear with lots of other things then a smock dress is ideal.
A great smock dress skims the contours of the body and hides a multitude of sins and whether youâre straight up and down or packed with curves, you can utilise a smock dress to show off your figure to its best advantage. If youâve got fabulous pins then a shirt smock dress with opaque tights and boots is a great way to show them off whilst keeping the rest of your outfit modest. If youâd like to appear curvier pick a bias cut smock dress with pleated skirt and opt for a flowing smock dress with long cardigan over the top for an instantly slimming effect.