The best shirred dresses – inspired by the Duchess’s smocked Tory Burch outfit

Smocked, shirred, ruched – whatever you like to call them (and there has been some debate in the YOU office), these dresses are still very much on-trend, as evidenced by the Duchess of Cambridge’s recent appearance in a gorgeous shirred dress from Tory Burch.

shirred dresses
Getty

On day two of her Caribbean tour with Prince William, Kate appeared in a beautiful, floral dress from the designer. True to form, the Duchess’s wasn’t just picked because it looked nice – her outfit also held symbolic meaning as it incorporated the colours of the Belize flag.

READ MORE: Kate Middleton’s £55 blue earrings are from this luxury high street brand

shirred dresses
Getty

The smocked design with puff sleeves and a square neckline is very much a sartorial hit; not only are these dresses lovely and light for warmer days, but they also flatter your figure, cinching in your waist and then flowing loosely over arms and hips. No wonder they were so popular last summer, and look set to continue riding high for 2022.

shirred dresses
Getty

While the Duchess’s dress may have been designer, there are plenty of great options on the high street too. We’ve scoured the shops to find out where the best shirred and smocked dresses are, starting from £29.99.

Best shirred dresses on the high street

shirred dresses

Shirred sundress, £59, Arket

shirred dress

Molly pink dress, £165, Kitri

shirred dress

Puff sleeve dress, £95, Aspiga

shirred dress

Black smocked dress, £49.99, Zara

shirred dress

Ditsy floral print smocked dress, £169, Baujken at John Lewis

shirred dress

Smocked floral dress, £29.99, H&M

shirred dress

Blue ditsy shirred dress, £165, Kitri

shirred dress

Linen blend shirred dress, £45, Marks & Spencer

shirred dress

Linen smocked dress, £218, Reformation

shirred dress

Millie dress, £185, Sezane

shirred dress

Yellow smocked dress, £40, River Island

shirred dress

Animal print shirred dress, £165, Kitri