LIVE

The comfy, flattering silhouette is a must for spring and summer

By Eva Thomas
March 01, 2021 09:00 PM
Products in this story are independently selected and featured editorially. If you make a purchase using these links we may earn commission.
Advertisement
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage

We don't know what's cuter: Meghan Markle's nickname for Prince Harry, or the blue dress she wore while Facetiming with him and James Corden while the two made a pit stop at the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's mansion during their Los Angeles tour.

We're partial to Markle's sartorial moments, so we'll have to say the former takes the cake. Though not much could be seen of the soon-to-be mom of two, we did get a glimpse at her long, wavy locks, effortless no-makeup makeup, blue pendant necklace, and what appeared to be a smocked bodice dress, a trend that's been gaining lots of traction as of late for its particularly flattering nature. 

For more on Meghan Markle, listen below to the episode of PEOPLE Every Day.

Though the actual brand behind Markle's blue top/dress moment is still unknown — and we might never be 100 percent sure, because we haven't seen it in its entirety, though L.A.-based Velvet Torch identified the dress as its design — one thing is for certain: Markle is going to make every smocked mini, midi, and maxi sell out lightning fast. Low-stock alerts are already popping up on similar styles at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and Amazon

An Afternoon with Prince Harry & James Corden
Meghan Markle on FaceTime with Harry and Corden
| Credit: The Late Late Show with James Corden

There's something so easygoing about a smocked piece. If you're unfamiliar with the design, here's a quick rundown: Smocking is a type of embroidery technique that consists of gathering fabric together to create an elasticized effect. The end result? Material that's stretchy, oh-so-comfy, and ultra-flattering. As such, it's fitting this silhouette made it into Markle's maternity wardrobe. 

Shop Meghan Markle-Inspired Smocked Dresses

  • Velvet Torch Puff Sleeve Smocked Mini Dress, $29.97; nordstromrack.com
  • The Drop Ella Off the Shoulder Tiered Midi Dress, $59.90; amazon.com
  • Goodthreads Georgette Smock-Back Cami Mini Dress, $35; amazon.com
  • Velvet Torch Long Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress, $22.48 (orig. $29.97); nordstomrack.com
  • Miessial Polka Dot Off Shoulder Maxi Dress, $28.99; amazon.com
  • Hill House Home The Athena Nap Dress, $100; hillhousehome.com
  • Anna-Kaci Smocked Maxi Dress, $39.99; amazon.com
  • Faithfull the Brand Arles Smocked Minidress, $169; nordstrom.com
  • Miessial Striped Linen Ruffle Cap Sleeve Midi Dress, $27.99; amazon.com
  • Timathous Tie Shoulder Frill Smocked Dress, $18.99; amazon.com

The internet is chock-full of smocked goodies that you'll want to wear all spring and summer. There's this super-cute midi from Amazon-loved The Drop, which has a smocked bodice and long bell sleeves that make it a great transitional piece. This smocked eyelet number from ASTR the Label is also a 10 in our book (just look at the thigh slit), as is this super-cute blush mini with trendy puff sleeves. And of course, we can't forget to call out the Nap Dress from Hill House home that's so popular, 267 sold a minute last year.

Prepare to see a lot more of the smocked dress as we enter the warm weather season. And if you don't want to miss your chance at wearing the ultra comfy, ultra flattering, romantic staple that'll make you look put together with very minimal effort, shop it below today.

woman wearing mint green off-the-shoulder midi dress with puffed sleeves and wearing white tennis shoes
Credit: Amazon

Buy It! The Drop Ella Off the Shoulder Tiered Midi Dress, $59.90; amazon.com

woman wearing short black dress with short sleeve and white heels
Credit: Nordstrom Rack

Buy It! Velvet Torch Puff Sleeve Smocked Mini Dress, $29.97; nordstromrack.com

woman wearing black strappy short black dress with white sneakers
Credit: Amazon.com

Buy It! Goodthreads Georgette Smock-Back Cami Mini Dress, $35; amazon.com

woman wearing short sleeve strappy white dress with sandals
Credit: Nordstrom

Buy It! ASTR the Label Tessa Smocked Midi Sundress, $188; nordstrom.com