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The Best House Dresses

Spring has arrived, and the weather is warming up. This is the perfect season to slip into a house dress. The best house dresses are easy to put on, cool and comfortable, and make you feel cute enough to actually leave the house if necessary. From the most casual t-shirt and jersey dresses to more dressy styles you can wear for at-home entertaining, I know you will find something you love in this season’s round up of the best house dresses . One and done. It doesn’t get easier than that.

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Lani matching a client’s painting in one of her favorite silk caftans. This picture was taken two summers ago!

T-Shirt and Jersey Dresses

Still working from home? Lazy Saturday? There is no excuse to stay in your pajamas with the range of cotton t-shirt dresses available. Add a pair of chic brown sandals to your casual black dress and you are ready for a quick trip to the store, park, or even an al fresco lunch. The black Norma Kamali drop shoulder dress is dinner worthy at $100, but comfortable enough to wear lounging around the house. Those of us with small children might be more into the long black cotton Target dress that I am currently eyeing for $20!

Shirt Dresses

This time of year I want to wear my Zuri dresses every day! There is a reason housewives wore shirt dresses for so many years. They feel cool and comfortable but look put-together. From classic to boho to avant-garde, shirt dresses come in all styles. I have them all, which means I either am a fashion stylist or I need a fashion stylist!

The Best Smocked House Dresses

The smocked bodice is a very particular look that I have never really been into. However, some new styles that have smocking under the bust or at the waist have convinced me to perhaps give it a try. Do you know about the infamous Amazon smocked dress all the bloggers are wearing? It’s pretty cute!

Tiered Dresses

The trick to finding the right tiered dress for your body shape is knowing where you need the tiers to hit on your body. Do you look better emphasizing your waist or your ribcage for a dress silhouette to flatter you? Do you prefer your tiers loose or to hug the body? The answers to these all important questions are particularly relevant when selecting the right tiered house dress for you.

Statement Sleeves

The statement sleeve can turn a boring dress into, well… a statement! And why shouldn’t your house dress make a statement? You deserve to be fashionable at home too.

Caftans and Boho Dresses

Can’t leave your style behind while you lounge at home? Longing for all of those vacations you missed? Then either the caftan or boho dress may be right for you. Caftans come in a variety of fabrics, from silk to cotton to linen. They can be a solid or multi-colored and embroidered. I have a black cotton caftan from Uniqlo that I love as much as my colorful, patterned silk ones. The caftan keeps you cool and stylish all summer long.

Simple Shifts

The simple shift is exactly that, simple. These dresses work well if you need more structure in your house dress. Simple shifts also make great backdrops for jewelry and scarves if you want to add accessories before a Zoom call or leaving the house. This band collar linen dress in a beautiful muted green looks easy and breezy, yet professional enough for a video or outdoor coffee meeting.


Sometimes I think one is either naturally a jumpsuit person or absolutely not a jumpsuit person. Beside my beloved Everlane jumpsuit, I don’t naturally go for jumpsuits myself. However, Kyle and I have one particular client with a knack for finding the perfect jumpsuit. Every time she buys a new one I want to run right out and copy her! Thanks to this client, Kyle and I found the Old Navy Breathe ON Cross-Front V-Neck Romper and their Breathe ON Cross-Front Sleeveless Jumpsuit. We both have the romper on order!

What do you like to wear around the house to keep cool in the summer? Will you try a house dress? Let us know in the comments below!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

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