It seems we just can't distance ourselves from those *jeans and a nice top* combos.

Peasant blouses have come and gone, we had our moment with minimalist silk camisoles and now it's as if this perennial 1990s favourite has entrapped us under its sartorial spell.

Tops with a shirred effect - also known as two or more rows of gathered fabric drawn by elasticized threads in parallel rows - have woven their way into the spotlight.

All of a sudden, itty-bitty bandeaus and scrunched-up, off the shoulder numbers have become the unofficial cool-girl uniform of the summer, paired nonchalantly with mom jeans, mules and basket bags.

The good news? Emulating the look won't cost you. Thanks in part to the minuscule amount of fabric needed for this off-duty look, we've found plenty of high street hits for you.

Naturally, you'll find some Zimmermann and Reformation peppered into our shopping guide too, should you feel like splashing the cash.


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Browse through our round-up of must-have shirred/smocked tops below.

Ruffle Hem Bardot Top€22, Boohoo

Leopard Shirred Bardot Top, €22, ASOS

Smocked Viscose Top, €14.99, H&M

Smocked Polka Dot T-shirt, €7.99, ZARA

Smocked Off-Shoulder Top, €17.70, & Other Stories

Floral Print Shirred Bardot Crop, €25, Miss Selfridge

Black Floral Shirred Bandeau, €22.99, New Look

Bayou Shirred Top, €520, Zimmermann

Shirred Floral Print Top, €71, Ganni

Shirred Bandeau Top, €20, Topshop

Gala Top, €126, Reformation