Return of the Smock Dress: what do you think of them?

Oh no, here we go again…

A few years ago, we couldn’t seem to go shopping without bumping into a rack of shapeless smock dresses. In fact, your Chief of Police didn’t buy dresses AT ALL for a couple of years, because for a while there they were all that seemed to be on offer. And now they’re on their way back, if the evidence shown above is to be believed.

These images aren’t part of some kind of freaky flashback to 1975, you see: these dresses are available to buy right now, from Very.co.uk for £39 each. Generally described as “kind to the figure”, think these dresses are only “kind” insofar as they’ll make you look like you have no figure. At all. That’s a “kindness” we’d personally rather do without, thanks all the same, but we want to know what you think of the Return of the Smock? (See, it sounds like a horror movie, doesn’t it? And with good reason.) Would you wear one? Do you want to buy one? If you do, click here, and prepare to get your smock on.

17 Comments

  • September 27, 2010

    Karen

    Maybe belted they wouldn’t be so bad? I love dresses, because they give me such a nice hourglass figure, and with a belt I think the ones above could look nice.

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  • September 27, 2010

    Daisy

    Ooooh, they’re evil! For someone with curves (like me), these would make you look twice your size. Ugh!

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  • September 27, 2010

    Bergliot

    Even the models look kinda… well… huge, in them.. that should be a strong enough warning for regular human beings not to wear one..
    Or… I sure hope so…
    As Karen here said – maybe they aren’t so bad belted?
    I’ll leave that for someone else to figure out..

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  • September 27, 2010

    Kookakicha

    I like those type of dresses! I think they are so comfortable and I like their flowy quality. The second one is too seventies but I think the first is just fine.

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  • September 27, 2010

    Lucia

    a good friend of mine was actually wearing that kind of dress today. I’m not a big fan of it but with the right accessories and yes maybe with a belt they could look quite lovely.

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  • September 27, 2010

    Jaynie

    I think a lot of people are overly self-conscious about their weight but don’t really know how to disguise it properly, and therefore gravitate towards “shapeless” as the answer. So obesity epidemic (real or imagined) = lots of horrible shapeless clothes. Maybe we can start a guerrilla fashion war using the combined weaponry of “you’re seriously NOT fat” and “look, if you really want to hide your stomach, here’s how”, and then we might see the end of this madness. 🙂

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  • September 28, 2010

    Pomeroy

    The first of those two isn’t that bad…

    But I’m with everyone else. Just stick on a belt, problem solved, no need to get pissy.

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  • September 28, 2010

    Monica

    I really don’t like smock dresses. It really annoyed me when they were all that was in and, like you, I went through a good while of not buying dresses. I labeled these the “the ones that make you look pregnant” as it seems to be the case for whoever wears them. So for that reason, I personally think that as maternity wear they’re okay! And as for the suggestions to put on a belt, well yes that can help but often the length gets cut then and/or it all looks too bunched up because of all the material.

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  • September 28, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    Even the colours and patterns remind me of the worst the seventies had to offer. I suspect the styling and the colour treatment on the photos is meant to heighten the impression though.

    I doubt a belt would work – gather those at the waist and you’d end up in “she forgot to put her trousers on” territory…

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  • September 28, 2010

    Shoes not blues

    I was preggers some years ago when these were last in fashion (like most fashion items, they are recycled every so often) and very useful I found them then. I could buy maternity clothes in ordinary shops, yay! This time, having regained my waist (well sorta), I’ll give them a miss, though.

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  • September 29, 2010

    Romanticide

    I believe this would sell in Iran like hotcakes.Considering girls there can’t wear clothes too tight, but I am pretty sure they would have to combine it with pants or other stuff.

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  • September 29, 2010

    bobbie

    Definatelt not a fan!! I suppose at least you can show a bit of leg in them….

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  • September 29, 2010

    maruja de lujo

    When I see shapeless tops and dresses like these, I always think that manufacturers are trying to save money on labour by producing clothes that don’t need much sewing and don’t need to be made in many sizes.

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  • September 29, 2010

    titia

    I just had a baby and during my pregnancy, I could wear these easily. I didn’t need to shop in special stores for pregnant ladies. It was pretty convenient. But if u are not pregnant, probably a lot of people will think u are. Which is perhaps not a good thing :-).

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  • October 5, 2010

    Selina

    1970s maternity wear. And not in a good way!

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  • October 7, 2010

    Brie

    I like clothing to show my shape. I am thin so smock dresses end up making me appear pregnant since I have thin legs and arms (and no stomach to speak of). The “no shape” of the dress looks like maternity wear on me.

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  • July 16, 2014

    Alyssa

    I love smock loose fitting dresses not necessarily these though if the brown one change its color to a pastel pink or mint even I would be head over heels for it

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