Since long, the smocking top has been a trendy fashion that showed up invariably as an expanding patterned panel on a girl’s dress. As a girl’s dress favourite, these tops have been revived and rediscovered a few years back by the fashion designers and is parading it down the runways very fast. Owing to its aesthetic appeal, simplicity and usefulness, smocking has become very popular for use as a favourite to the young women as a summer collection.
Smocking tops have always been India’s strength as Indians have learned and executed this technique in Europe effectively. With the global fashion scene looking for eye-catchers, product development teams are busy developing innovative smocking tops for that one exclusive ‘look’ that creates the ‘wow’ factor.
“The requirement for more comfortable clothing is arising, and to go in line with that, flexible value additions have to be taken on board while developing a collection. Lightweight fabrics have a good drape and fall, and feel like you’re wearing ‘next to nothing’, and therefore reciprocating to what is in demand, smocking tops is back in business,” says one of the famous Fashion Designers.
History of Smocking Tops
These large cotton and linen blouses were worn as working garments by British peasants and farmers. These smocking tops enabled freedom and protection from the rain and cold. These were square-shaped to avoid the wastage of material. The fabric excess at the wrists, necklines and busts were pleated and maintained with embroideries. However, as time passed these traditional outfits were abandoned by the peasant workers and became popular among the elite with a sharp hike in the price.
Buy Smocking Tops Online
This season smocking tops are crafted with a lighter and airier fabric like silk and linen which feature seasonal prints like floral and polka. All these features make it ideal to throw on when you require an outfit which is conclusive yet needs the least effort. Find your perfect summer style from the huge range of smocked tops available with different colour options and fabrics.
Types of smocking tops online that you should have in your closet-
Off-shoulder Smocking Top
These offer a classic take on the style. These tops are flattering to any body type. The fitted top with a cropped length is ideal for layering over high-waisted bottoms and the substantial sleeves make it more comfortable than a tube top.
Smocked Tube Top
These tops look charming on just any body type. They not only suit the shape of the body but also highlight the features. The beautiful smocked stitch over the tube top gives it a classy and round the top look. Create a slim and chic hourglass silhouette with your smocked tube top.
Cropped Smocked Top
A feminine and flattering top that cinches in all the right places. Complete the look with puff sleeves and an erotic neckline. Pair it up with pumps and a clutch to finish a perfect party look. A nice front-opened jacket can also add to the look.
Featuring a ruffled peplum, neckline and straps the cotton-based floral smocked tops are sweet but not too saccharine. The biggest advantage is that it is machine washable. These floral prints are just right for late summers, especially when styled with a light wash denim.
These types of tops generally pay with different textures, volumes and architectural shapes. These include ruffled sleeved smock tops that have dramatic ruffles and a monochromatic plaid. The ruffles contrast with the fitted section and the unconventional trim choice dresses up the look. These can be worn with high-waisted jeans or a pencil skirt, but they look the best when worn with matching maxis.
How to wear them?
Pair it up with jeans
It is the season to swap out jeans with denim skirts. The perfect top to wear it with is something with volume and ruffles. A smocked top adds a feminine touch to a jean skirt, whether you opt for a mini variety or one that offers a bit more coverage. Style it with PVC heels and a neutral bucket bag for a polished off-duty uniform.
Match your smocked floral top and matching skirt are a match made for a vacation. The top can be worn with a pair of jeans for a 90s inspiration. This matching set is a must-have for a summer repertoire.
Not yet ready to fully lean into a smocked bodice, opt for a top which is a few smocking details instead. For risk-takers, mix prints with a contrasting T-shirt underneath.
A smocked top looks glamorous when styled with light denim, which can be comfortably worn the entire day. Wear your tops with summer shorts choice. A sheer crop top is a perfect contrast and it goes well with ankle-length boots.
Give your shoulders some room! Wear an off-shoulder smocked top, and pair it up with midi skirts and style them with sleek sandals and woven bags for the perfect weekend.
Looking for a perfect wedding guest dress? A smocking top paired with formals can be perfect for the event. It’s fashionable, breezy and romantic wear. No matter what the dress code is. Finish it with a pair of heeled sandals and a clutch.
Pair up your floral smocks with laid-back cut-off style denim. Pair it up with cowboy boots for a perfect summer outfit.
This summer, embrace high octave colours, let your tops speak for themselves. Accessorise them with simple jewellery and sneakers. Or go for fun printed T-shirts underneath them.
Want a more ethnic look? Pair your smocked crop tops with solid coloured or striped palazzos, or try experimenting your look with a long skirt or a lehenga. Top it up with a gorgeous necklace and heels.
Want an office look? Go for the long-sleeved tops with formal pants and pair them up with heels and minimum jewellery. The smocked detailing on the tops and the hardware on the pants make the monochrome combo a bit more polished.
If you haven’t already stocked up these collections, make sure to add them in your shopping cart this season!