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Where to buy nap dresses for your WFH or lounging look
Find breezy frocks that'll suit lazy days.
Social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have brought loungewear fashion to the forefront this summer. Nap dresses — the latest hot-weather trend — are as comfortable as that oversized T-shirt you love to sleep in, but presentable for daytime wear. In mini, midi and maxi options, they’re basically flowing dresses that keep you cool and chic.
Where to buy nap dresses
You'll find long, loose embroidered and patterned dresses here — in plus sizes too. If you're looking to dip a toe into the trend and not spend a ton, Target is your best bet.
Shopbop has a great selection of high-end dresses from designers like Johanna Ortiz, Ganni and Ba&sh. Check out English Factory for Brit-inspired nap dresses that are $100 or less.
Shop ultra-feminine nap dresses at a department store known for offering major sales. Macy's also carries a collection designed by We Wore What's Danielle Bernstein, which includes dresses with tiered skirts, smocked waists and other pretty details.
Nearly all of Free People's tops and dresses could count toward the trend — loose, billowy styles are the brand's signature. Shop flowing midi and maxi dresses that'll keep you cool and comfy.
Our top picks
Need some style inspo? These are some of our favorites from the retailers listed.
Ganni Printed Cotton Poplin Dress
A wrap silhouette with puff sleeves and a subtle cherry-blossom pattern turn this housedress into a piece you’ll want to wear out. Pure cotton and a relaxed fit will keep you cool all summer long.
Solid Poplin Midi Dress, Created for Macy’s
Channel princess vibes while you’re chilling in your castle in this solid poplin midi. We love the romantic tiered skirt and puff sleeves.
Women’s Floral Print Long Sleeve Dress
Slip into this embroidered dress with a boho feel. The lightweight fabric and roomy flared skirt drape your figure and won’t cling, making this dress a necessity on days the temperature soars.
Finding the perfect nap dress
What makes a nap dress different from a regular dress? Aside from branding — a company called Hill House actually trademarked the phrase — nap dresses come down to:
- Fabric. The fabric should be lightweight and smooth against your skin. Look for dresses that are 100% cotton, Tencel or rayon, natural fibers known for keeping you cool at play and rest.
- Fit. Skintight is the antithesis of nap dresses. The silhouette should be loose and flowy, almost oversize. Avoid collars, buttons and zippers, which may be uncomfortable when lounging around.
Above all, remember that comfort is key. Now is not the time to size down.
How to style nap dresses
Nap dresses evoke relaxation and carefree living, and are best paired with delicate, low-key accessories. For shoes, choose flat sandals or simple espadrilles. If you can’t go without jewelry, consider a thin gold or silver bracelet. Avoid chunky rings and necklaces, which defeat the purpose of a nap-ready outfit — you wouldn’t want to wake up with abrasive skin imprints after sneaking in a snooze on the couch.
If you’re posing for Instagram, tuck a flower behind your ear for a laid-back, whimsical pic.
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