This Fabric Makes Summer Outfits Look More Expensive

As someone whose job often includes spotting trends, I've developed over the years a pretty keen eye for looking at the finer details. When it comes to emerging styles, it's usually the intricacies that make all the difference, whether that's the way a top is cut or the precise print that is currently pervading Instagram.

Speaking of intricacies, this summer, there seems to be one key fabric detail that has been trending across both high-street and contemporary labels. Elasticated shirring, or smocked fabric, seems to be everywhere, used to create a detailed scrunch effect across dresses, skirts, shirts and more. 

Of course, shirring is not new. The detail has been around for decades. Though this summer, it seems to have gained particular prominence with the fashion set thanks to brands like Ganni, Faithfull the Brand and Sir the Label utilising shirring in new and different ways. We've seen it appear across midi skirts and on sectioned bodices of blouses and button-down shirts.

Keep scrolling to see how the fashion set is embracing the trend, and then shop shirred pieces. 

See how influencers are embracing the trend: 

Smocked Fabric Trend: Shirred Top



Style Notes: A perfect example of the modern take on shirring, Emili Sindlev's Ganni T-shirt is given a thoroughly contemporary update with a shirred bodice. 

Smocked Fabric Trend: Shirred Top



Style Notes: Another Ganni look, this time featuring a shirred bodice on a statement-making puff-sleeve top. 

Style Notes: A more traditional take on the trend, here shirring is featured across the bust of this Sleeper gingham dress.

Style Notes: This Sir the Label shirred dress is a summer staple that can easily be dressed up or down. 

Smocked Fabric Trend: H&M Dress



Style Notes: The shirred bodice on this H&M dress gives the style a very modern silhouette, adding interest to an otherwise minimalist LBD. 

Smocked Fabric Trend: Sir Skirt



Style Notes: This shirred miniskirt from Sir the Label is perfect for summer. 

Smocked Fabric Trend: H&M Skirt



Style Notes: As far as high-street labels go, H&M is the brand really championing the trend. This shirred midi skirt has been particularly popular among influencers. 

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