18 Reasons Your Tops Should Be Smocked This Summer

By now, you’ve probably gotten whiplash with all the old trends coming back into the fashion fold. From 90s chokers and tube tops to 80s neon and puffed shoulders, it seems like fashion is just repeating itself lately. Now you can add your favorite middle/high school smocked top to the epic line of comebacks.

Smocked tops on the Spring 2018 runways.

Balenciaga Spring 2018, Zimmermann Spring 2018, Tadashi Shoji Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Luckily, the smocked top has gotten a modern upgrade courtesy of the Spring 2018 runways. Balenciaga brought back three trends simultaneously in the form of a neon green smocked polo. Zimmermann not only smocked tops but skirts as well. And Tadashi Shoji also embraced the gathered technique with boldly colored matching sets.

If you’re a bit apprehensive about revisiting your smocked past, try the trend in small doses. Look for tops with subtly smocked collars or sleeves for a more subdued take. Ready to go all in? Follow the fashion girls on Instagram’s lead and opt for tube tops and bandeaus with pronounced smocking. Or pull a Bella Hadid by making a smocked bikini top street-appropriate.

Get your smock on with these 18 stylish tops. Pair with jeans or jean shorts for the perfect summer ensemble.

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