Every spring when I was itty bitty, I remember my mom dressing me in little dresses in every pastel, seersucker, and floral combination you can imagine. Some of my most favorite memories are those where we’re wearing coordinating mother-daughter frocks that look like a Vineyard Vines catalog exploded on us.
Growing up, there was this shrine in my hallway to one particular photoshoot in one of these dresses that never went unnoticed. In it, I’m wearing a smocked detail sundress most likely by Laura Ashley— much like everything else I owned—doing weird things like putting a hippopotamus Beanie Baby on my head. As childhood and adolescence went on I found myself gravitating towards this smocking trend with tiny tops the size of my hand stretching to fit any size and then into the unforgettable Juicy Couture swimsuit coverup I rocked on far too many occasions.
On the way to brunch, I always meander new neighborhoods with a croissant and latte in hand for some window shopping. When walking by boutiques this season across Manhattan, I was bombarded by these same smocked details trickling into contemporary fashion. I never imagined seeing this trend come to life as an adult, but the nostalgic feeling it gives me makes me love it.
I’m sure several of you get the same feeling as trends from our childhood start their repetition cycle. In order to modernize these pieces and not look a total flashback, we must mix eras, styles, and colors like we never thought to back in the day.
In this particular case, I found it really important to balance my ultra femme, romantic top with less girly pieces. On the bottom, I opted for a sporty, statement denim by Veronica Beard that’s button fly mimicked the button detail from my blouse.
Choosing fun, wildcard accessories that you may not originally mix is one of my favorite things about spring. You’re no longer reaching for your winter puffer, so why not jazz things up since your ensemble can actually be seen in plain sight?
White shoes, although incredibly impractical in New York City, are currently all the rage. This mule style mimics the idea of a bootie from the front but with a warm weather friendly opened back. I was feeling particularly daring (cause why not?!) and did the unthinkable– paired my shoes with a handbag that most definitely did not match. This mini bucket bag in cream is a statement in itself with its large round gold handles. If you don’t hold your iPhone in your hand like me, however, this may not be the bag for you.
Risk is key for this spring season. Modernize trends from your childhood. Pair them with daring or mismatched accessories. Take chances among the gorgeous blooming backdrops that pop up naturally this time of year.
Is your style more classic or bohemian? Shop this look as well as many more smocked styles using the slideshow below.