10 House Dresses For All Your Stylish Summer Lounging
When you hear the words house dress, your mind probably goes to some '60s-era, frumpy monstrosity your grandmother wore to bed. But those are the house dresses of the past. The house dresses now? They're chic.
The house dress is relatively similar to its nap dress cousin. However, where nap dresses embrace a sort of whimsical, cottage-core vibe, the house dress is all about fashion meets function. Sure, you'll find a ruffle or some ruching here or there, but overall, loose-fitting, minimalist styles are what you'll find in the world of house dresses.
But that doesn't mean they're boring. From button-front details to drawstring necklines, there's still a lot of style in these easy-to-wear frocks. If you're ready to trade in those old sweats for some chic, summer house dresses, we've rounded up a few we think you'll love.
PRIM Stripe Oversize Maxi Shirtdress
Stay cool and comfortable in this shirt dress from Prim. With a calf-skimming length and side slits, it’s perfect for doing chores around the house or just lounging. Thanks to its cute striped pattern, v-neckline, and asymmetrical sleeves, if you need to run out for some emergency wine, you’ll still look cute doing it.
Nordstrom Tiered Sleeveless Cotton Dress
If you love the idea of a nap dress but aren’t super into the romantic, cottage-core vibe that so many of them give, this simple, white cotton dress is for you. With a minimalist design featuring tiered layers and a sleek crew neck, it’s the perfect casual house dress.
Wray NYC Swing Slip Dress
Let’s talk about the asymmetrical gathered hemline on this house dress, shall we? Not only does it give this flowy piece a bit of interest but it’s different than other house dress silhouettes because of it. With spaghetti straps and easy to throw on design, it’s ideal for chilling at home, but that color definitely says “wear me out” as well.
Universal Standard Tesino Washed Jersey Dress
There’s nothing more comfortable than the perfect t-shirt, so why not make one into a dress? This v-neck t-shirt dress from Universal Standard is the lightweight, summer-perfect staple that you can pair with a cute set of white sneakers and head out to run errands. The good news, though, is you won’t want to peel it off as soon as you get home.
Smocked Bodice Ruffle Day Dress
Let’s be honest, the house dress is the cousin to the nap dress, and if you love that feminine style, this is the one for you. The ruched bodice gives the dress a bit more shape, and the ruffle sleeves are ultra-romantic. But pair this with a cute pair of flat sandals or sneakers, and it’s the chill vibe you’re going for.
WAYF x BFF Alexa Dress
Think prints don’t work for house dresses? Think again. This delicate floral option is perfect for print lovers. With flowy sleeves, a v-neck, and a gathered waist, it’s also got some shape for those who aren’t into the traditionally billowy looks. Plus, hello, that slit is amazing.
Universal Thread Women's Ruffle Tank Dress
If you’ve been wearing sweats for the last year, you’ll be just as comfy in this hot pink tank dress. With large swaths of gathered ruffles along the skirt, adorable cap sleeves, and lightweight fabric, it’s both comfortable and cute. Plus, with textured detailing all over the dress, if you’re lounging at home and it gets wrinkled, it just adds to the charm.
Old Navy Tiered Embroidered Maxi Swing Sundress
Adjustable straps? Check. Cute string-tie neckline? Yes! Flowing tiered skirt? Also yes! Essentially, this sundress has it all. The bright and festive yellow shade gives a bit of pizazz to your look even if you’re working from home or conquering a to-do list.
Madewell Ruffle-Sleeve Babydoll Dress in Seersucker Gingham
No buttons, no zippers, no problem. This breezy, throw-it-on dress from Madewell is created from seersucker aka the quintessential summer fabric. While it has a similar silhouette to a T-shirt dress, the oversized sleeves with ruffle edges elevate the look and add a fun pop of whimsy.
ASOS DESIGN Curve Button Through Mini Smock Dress
Give me buttons or, well, give me buttons! This adorable smock dress from ASOS features buttons from top to button for a cute, minimalist bit of detail. Throw in those pockets, and we can’t resist it.