This Dress Style Works For Every Occasion & Body Type

To say throwback fashion is having a moment would be a massive understatement. While we’re still getting into our Y2K groove, donning denim midi skirts, vibrant violet pieces, sweater vests and even fleeces, some of us are looking to go a bit further back in time. 

Rewinding to the good ol’ days when paying rent, going to work and the daily stresses of living were far from our minds, we’re picking up inspo from another item in our childhood wardrobes: shirred dresses. Occupying a comfy middle ground between oversized fits and feminine flounces, these dresses work for almost any occasion, any body shape and boob size, and come in everything from cheesecloth to cotton.

Click through to see our favourites from Rixo, Scamp & Dude, Norma Kamali and more.

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Scamp & Dude Khaki With Black Star Shirred Maxi Dress, £115

In a high-shine fabric, this star-print dress is quite the standout style.

Scamp & Dude Khaki With Black Star Shirred Maxi Dress, $, available at Scamp & Dude

Kitri Jolene Dress, £50

If Barbiecore has taught us anything, it’s that we need to embrace more pink. Consider us sold.

Kitri Jolene Dress, $, available at Flannels

H&M Smocked Cotton Dress, £17.99

One of the best design details of a shirred dress is how it stays up without straps. We’re backing the bandeau!

H&M Smocked Cotton Dress, $, available at H&M

Topshop Shirred Bust Textured Midi Dress, £44

A grungier twist on the Little House on The Prairie-style dress, this design is for those who prefer darker shades.

Topshop Shirred Bust Textured Midi Dress, $, available at ASOS

Never Fully Dressed White Broderie Kylie Dress, £129

Few fabrics are better suited to warmer weather than broderie anglaise cotton. The shirred style adds oomph.

Never Fully Dressed White Broderie Kylie Dress, $, available at Never Fully Dressed

ASOS Design Cotton Shirred Corset Midi Dress, £36

A more comfortable take on the corset, this style is all about the silhouette, accentuating the shoulders, chest and waist.

ASOS DESIGN Cotton Shirred Corset Midi Dress, $, available at ASOS

By Anthropologie Sheer Smocked Maxi Dress, £80

Festival season is fast approaching and this dress is topping our wish lists.

By Anthropologie Sheer Smocked Maxi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Boteh Rhea Shirred Printed-Cotton Maxi Dress, £310

In a scarf print, this funky style is a summer-ready alternative to black.

Boteh Rhea Shirred Printed-Cotton Maxi Dress, $, available at Matches Fashion

& Other Stories Smocked Side Slit Midi Dress, £85

This red ditsy print is giving us retro vibes in all the best ways. And who doesn’t love a little sexy side slit?

& Other Stories Smocked Side Slit Midi Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

Scamp & Dude Black Shirred Midi Dress, £99

Simple and chic, this black midi dress is sure to be a hardworking wardrobe staple.

Scamp & Dude Black Shirred Midi Dress, $, available at Scamp & Dude

Charo Ruiz Megan Shirred-Bodice Cotton-Blend Mini Dress, £430

Summer whites are making their way back into our wardrobes and few styles will work better for warm weather than this.

Charo Ruiz Megan Shirred-Bodice Cotton-Blend Mini Dress, $, available at Matches Fashion

Free People Dahlia Embroidered Maxi Dress, £158

Taking the floral dress up a notch, this embroidered design is all about the details.

Free People Dahlia Embroidered Maxi Dress, $, available at Free People

River Island Plus Blue Denim Shirred Maxi Dress, £45

Denim is taking a real lap in the limelight and this dress proves why it’s one of our favourite fabrics.

River Island Plus Blue Denim Shirred Maxi Dress, $, available at River Island

COS Off The Shoulder Smocked Midi Dress, £89

A go-to, year-round style that’s simple yet chic.

COS Off The Shoulder Smocked Midi Dress, $, available at COS

Nobody’s Child Organic Cotton Midi Waisted Dress, £89

Frills, bows and a punchy pink shade. What more do you need?

Nobody’s Child Organic Cotton Midi Waisted Dress, $, available at Marks & Spencer

Norma Kamali Walter Off-The-Shoulder Shirred Dress, £215

Whether you’re going to a wedding or a classy cocktail party, this dress is the one to pick.

Norma Kamali Walter Off-The-Shoulder Shirred Dress, $, available at Matches Fashion

Rixo Corsica Shirred Midi Dress, £275

A go-to for eye-catching prints, we rarely find a Rixo dress we aren’t obsessed with.

RIXO Corsica Shirred Midi Dress, $, available at Rixo

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