Smock dresses are an under-the-radar wardrobe winner — they’re unexpected, comfortable and forgiving. When you want something with a little more oomph than a shift dress, the smock dress is the way to go. Feminine, youthful and ready to play, the smock dress doesn’t need much else to make it an outfit and will work now with bare legs as well as in the winter with tights and a cardi. Ahead, 15 of our favorite smock dresses from uber-casual beach-side to cubicle-appropriate.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.