Nap Dresses Are A Summer Must —Here’s Your Shopping List

As the weather warms, the outdoors beckon. But with so many of us living in loungewear for the past year, there may be a reluctance to dive straight into summer styles like rompers and mini dresses. Enter: the nap dress. If you're not familiar with the unique silhouette, it was originally created by Hill House Home and most commonly features flowing skirts, loose bodices, ruffles, and ruching. Essentially, it's a chic, daytime-appropriate nightie. When it comes to summer fashion, a nap dress is as close as you're going to get to your sweats.

If you're on the hunt for the perfect summer nap dress, check out these flowing options we think you'll swear by.


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Madewell Tie Strap Tiered Midi Dress

Those who love a good #cottagecore moment will adore this dress from Madewell. With its tiny floral print, soft blue hue, and tie straps, it gives major spring and summer vibes. Add a flowing silhouette, and it’s ultra-comfortable and easy to throw on when you’re in a rush.

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Urban Bliss Plus Smock Mini Denim Dress in Ecru

While Urban Bliss’ Smock dress may feature a zip back unlike other nap dress styles, the soft cotton-based denim fabric gives the dress a more substantial weight if you’re looking for a nap dress that’s a little thicker. With its puffed sleeves and smocked silhouette, though, it still gives major comfy vibes.

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The Ellie Nap Dress

“Although this Nap Dress from Hillhouse is technically a “nightgown,” I believe that it’s mostly in reference to how comfortable it is — it’s so soft and easy to wear, you could sleep in it! But, because of how chic and adorable it is, you’ll probably want to wear it out—and that’s perfectly fine! It’s great for hot summer days when you can’t bother to wear much else. Throw this on and get on with your day knowing that you look fab.” —Sara Tan

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FANM MON DEMRE Lagoon Blue Linen Maxi Dress

The FANM MON Demre dress is the nap style you need if you love comfortable but elevated chic. With its voluminous ruffled sleeves and sweet rose embroidery, this is a dress that can be worn out during the day or dressed up with heels for an evening event.

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Cynthia Rowley Nairobi Bouquet Print Kaftan

“I love anything you can wear more than once on vacation. Throw it over a swimsuit as a coverup on the beach or with a pair of strappy heels for dinner. Two outfits down!” — Cynthia Rowley

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BB Dakota Arianna Sleeveless Tiered Cotton Maxi Dress

BB Dakota’s Arianna dress is the perfect nap dress. Not only does it feature crinkle fabric (so you don’t need to worry about wrinkles if you do decide to nap), but it also has the style’s signature loose fit and tiered skirt. Add in that it’s only $39 and comes in multiple colors, and it may be perfect.

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Faherty Hailee Stripe Trim Organic Cotton Shift Dress

If you want to give a summer nap dress a go but aren’t a fan of maxi or midi lengths, you can still embrace the trend with a dress like this one. The body-skimming fit, throw-on-and-go ease, and pockets (!!!) make it a great option for a shorter style.

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Natalie Martin Collection Fiore Dress

Living in California, boho style is year-round. Not only are they the most comfortable dresses, but they also come in the most beautiful prints. — Nyakio Grieco

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Míe Phi Phi Dress

If romantic styles are for you, Míe’s Phi Phi dress is ideal. With an off-the-shoulder design, gathering along the flowing bell sleeves, a fitted bustline, and a flowing midi-length skirt, this is a whimsical take on the nap dress.

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Torrid Light Blue Trapeze Maxi Dress

This breezy dress’s color is reason enough to shop it, but the piece also features adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. Made from soft cotton, it’s breezy and ideal for staying cool as the temperatures warm.