Here at Who What Wear UK, we always strive to tell you about the next big trends ahead of time. That's why we created Microtrend Monday, your weekly alert to let you know the items and styling tricks that are suddenly taking off.
Lucy Williams is the queen of summer dressing (she is never too far away from a beach), and this year she has declared smocking as her ultimate beach trend. Once you start shopping for summer essentials (if you haven't already), you'll notice that smocked tops, dresses and bikinis are everywhere right now. The stretchy detail is a small one that makes any outfit look 10 times more summery. There are a number of new cult brands leading the smocking trend—including Ganni with its printed pieces, Donni with its bandeau tops and Dôen with its ever-so-chic tops and dresses. As for swimwear, it's Tory Burch with stretchy bandeau bikinis in a rainbow of colours. Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite smocked outfits, and then shop the key pieces.
Style Notes: Lucy Williams's smocked top from Dôen has bows at the shoulders and looks amazing with a simple pair of jeans.
Style Notes: Soraya Bahktiar is also into the smocked top–and-jeans combo. Here, she layers her Ganni blouse over a simple white tee.
Style Notes: Smocked swimwear is also trending this summer, and we love Williams's pink bandeau bikini from Tory Burch.
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