The fashion of the past year has largely been focused on one word: comfort. From pajamas to house slippers to comfy leggings to lounge pants, it’s safe to say we’ve all opted for cozier, less restricting options. But now that life seems to be slowly creeping back to normal, you’re probably not looking forward to squeezing into those skinny jeans again. Thankfully, women’s house dresses are a versatile piece of clothing that’s super comfortable but still stylish for when you venture out in the world again.
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.
House dresses with pockets
From $25.99 at Amazon
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 tights.
$128 at Athleta
We love the look of this dress which is longer in the back and shorter in the front. With a racerback and pockets deep enough for your phone, we could definitely live in this easy dress.
From $24.62 at Amazon
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.
$148 at Nordstrom
This oversized, long sleeved midi dress looks great in navy blue. Plus, it comes with pockets to stash your everyday essentials.
From $26.99 at Amazon
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.
$110 at Madewell
The rust color of this button-front mini gives the house dress a more modern edge.
From $24 at Amazon
With a frilly hem and colors like this pretty muted pink and bright red, we love this flowy, feminine dress with pockets.
From $16.99 at Amazon
OK, but what about house…jumpsuits? We adore this stretchy jumpsuit with an elastic waist and a neckline that can be worn off-shoulder or not. Plus, it’s even got pockets and is available up to a size 3XL.
Plus size house dresses
$98 at Madewell
Available in sizes up to 4X, this lovely linen-blend dress is lined and has dolman sleeves.
$39.99 $36 at Old Navy
This cami maxi dress is so easy to just throw on for a grocery store run.
From $28.99 at Amazon
Just picture how easy your day will be when you just have to throw on this comfy T-shirt maxi dress, which even comes with pockets. It’s available in sizes up to 26, and we really love this oxblood red color.
$29.99 at Old Navy
This t-shirt dress is made out of 100% cotton for a simple and cozy look and is available in sizes up to 4X.
Cotton house dresses
From $19.29 at Amazon
This cult-favorite Amazon nightgown dress was practically made to be a house dress, with its pretty bohemian patterns, loose silhouette and long, flowy sleeves. Catch us wearing this cotton-blend dress in our living rooms swaying to Fleetwood Mac. Reviewers note it’s definitely oversize, and it’s available in sizes up to 2XL too.
$20 at Target
We love the look of this casual sleeveless dress which is available in so many cool prints we might just have to buy more than one.
$198 $119.97 at Madewell
This 100% viscose dress is light and airy, perfect for the summer. Plus, it’s flowy and elastic design ensures maximum comfort.