House dresses have experienced a renaissance in popularity and one of the latest iterations is the Nap Dress. Described as being loose-fitting, flowy and feminine, the nap dress is versatile enough to wear for activities ranging from a night out to running errands. The dress, which is historically linked to the Victorian period, is comfortable enough to sleep in but can also be dressed up for romantic weekend wear or the office. The trademarked style of Hill House Home’s Ellie Nap Dress is particularly popular and comes in a range of fabrics and prints.
The Ellie Nap Dress has a ruffled shoulder, smocking and a tiered midi skirt while the smaller structured bodice of the Daphne Nap Dress is also comfortable to wear. The Louisa Nap Dress features puff sleeves that are not too wide and stretch material that holds the dress to the body in a flattering way. Daily Sleeper’s elasticated smocking and skirt is described as accentuating a woman’s body, while it is the heavily embroidered flowers on the Louisa Nap Dress from Free People that make this a standout choice.
Patterns are key to giving house dresses a fashionable edge, with larger prints particularly recommended. Embroidery and bold colors can also add interest. The Athena from Free People is a shorter, less expensive version of the nap dress that is comfortable to wear and particularly appropriate for summer wear. The square neckline and ruffled hem of Lulu’s maxi dress make it a perfect choice for those who want to feel feminine yet comfortable.
Overall, the Nap Dress is a comfortable yet stylish dress that is versatile enough to wear on a range of occasions. Critical features include flowy, loose-fitting material that is both feminine and romantic. Puff sleeves and ruffled shoulders add a stylish element while larger prints, embroidery and bold colors add a fashionable edge.