The fashion of 2020 has largely been focused on one word: comfort. From pajamas to house slippers to comfy leggings to lounge pants, it’s clear that the thought of putting on jeans or really any sort of restricting clothing is far from anyone’s mind. Instead, many are trying to find new ways to make cozy garments appropriate for Zoom calls, quick errands and Netflix bingeing. Enter: the house dress.
Celebrity fashion stylist Lauren Rae Levy Vigneron says while most women associate “dresses” with being “dressy,” a house dress is a multifunction clothing item that you can dress up, dress down and do, well, everything in these days. Plus, it’s a slight upgrade from an oversize sweatshirt or wrinkled T-shirt.
“A house dress is the ultimate piece of clothing to work from home,” fashion stylist Leena Alsulaiman says. “It instantly lifts your spirits and takes minimal effort, but you feel put together and comfortable. Plus, ‘dressing up’ has a significant impact on our mental health, which is so important when we are missing our social circles and coping with anxiety about the future’s unpredictability.”
From various styles, fabrics and features, we rounded up our favorite house dresses from the internet, with insight from fashion experts.
Merokeety Women’s T-Shirt Midi Dress With Pockets (starting at $19.99; amazon.com)
Merokeety Women’s T-Shirt Midi Dress With Pockets
Fashion designer Olivia Romero says these pockets are helpful since you can carry around your phone, a lip balm, a pack of tissues, headphones and so on. This dress comes in both subtle stripes and solids, and is just the right midi length to take you from warmer weather to winter when paired with a pair of tights.
Winona Midi Support Dress (starting at $67.99; athleta.gap.com)
Winona Midi Support Dress
We love a dress you don’t have to wear a bra with. With built-in support and a sweet razorback, we could definitely live in this easy dress.
Korsis Summer Casual T-Shirt Dress ($25.99; amazon.com)
Korsis Summer Casual T-Shirt Dress
Available up to a 3XL, this is pretty much the easiest dress you can imagine, with a swing silhouette, pockets and T-shirt-like material.
Waist-Defined Slub-Knit Midi T-Shirt Dress (starting at $26; oldnavy.gap.com)
Waist-Defined Slub-Knit Midi T-Shirt Dress
With a defined waist and round hem, this T-shirt dress is ultra soft and easy to throw on for around the house or groceries.
Yozly Nightshirt Women House Dress (starting at $23.99; amazon.com)
Yozly Nightshirt Women House Dress
With pretty button detailing at the neckline and an A-line silhouette, this is a roomy dress with a bit of style. And if you’d like a 100% cotton version, check out the striped dresses.
Petite Gauze Easy Midi Dress ($64.99, originally $98; madewell.com)
Petite Gauze Easy Midi Dress
The rust color of this midi dress gives the house dress a modern edge.
Umgee Lovable High Low Dress (starting at $28.09; amazon.com)