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The Nap Dress-A Super Comfortable Trend We All Need To Rock

Lounge wear is so 2020, with things opening up and more of us getting out and about the last thing we want to throw on is a lounge wear set. Don’t get me wrong I love them for working from home, but with the blue skies, spring air and the sense of optimism I am more than ready to kick my style up a notch.

This term was coined by Hill House with the idea being that the dresses are so comfortable you could nap in them. And who doesn’t want to look chic whilst taking a nap.

But, I do not necessarily want to sacrifice my comfort—enter the nap dress. This term was coined by Hill House with the idea being that the dresses are so comfortable you could nap in them. And who doesn’t want to look chic whilst taking a nap. There is nothing new per say about this style of dress, but what a clever way to describe these uber comfy frocks.
I was inspired to do this post by a young woman I saw when I was waiting for the train, I so wished I had my phone at the ready, I would have loved to snapped a photo of her, or taken a video. Her look was so fresh and looked super comfortable. Her OOTD really caught my eye. She was wearing a long taupe colored cotton nap dress with a distressed cropped denim jacket over it, leopard print slides, and an over-sized tote. I so want to recreate this look, hence my search for the perfect nap dress. I love this take on the maxi/midi dress and I so need one in my closet. Brands like Hill House and Love Shack Fancy have been creating this style of dress for a number of seasons now, but it seems 2021 will be the year this oh so femme frock has its day in the sun.

What say you? Are you on board with this trend? Do you wear maxi or midi dresses? Is this look too homespun for you? The dresses may have a crafty vibe to them, but they can so easily be styled for an urban setting. The super distressed cropped denim jacket the young woman was wearing that I spied at the train station was such a chic way to make this more feminine piece look edgier, and was perfect for a day in the city. Wish me luck on my quest, and you just may see me sporting this loungy chic trend.

Images via 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4:: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8 Top image via LoveShackFancy


  1. Lovely selections. I prefer midi dresses. Happy new week.

  2. Loving this dress trend!!

    Curated By Jennifer

  3. I’m loving the white one in the second photo! <3


  4. Haha I just wrote an article about the nap dress, I’ll probably publish it next week! I’m so in love with nap dresses too. I love how romantic they are, comfortable and wearable. The outfit you described sounded really fashionable too, haha I’d definitely wear that! Have a lovely week! Xx

  5. Totally in love with this kind of dresses!!!
    Can’t wait to wear ( and buy) them again!
    Super lovelu selection, dear!

  6. I need to rock a Nap Dress. Happy Monday. Hope you’re doing well.

  7. So many beautiful pieces! I’m all about looking great, and feeling comfy at the same time <3

  8. What a beautiful selection, so many gorgeous dresses… I love them all!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  9. These are all so pretty.

  10. I am all for comfort, but agree I’m over the sweatshirts/pants, haha. I really love nap dresses! I never knew that’s what they were called, but I think they’re really pretty.

    Hope you have a fantastic week, friend!

    Make Life Marvelous

  11. These dresses are so gorgeous. I would like to see the picture of the girl you got inspired by, although your description was amazing. Love all looks. Have a lovely day Cris


  12. Now this is a trend I can get behind! Dresses so good you can nap in them?! Sign me up. All of the dresses look so beautiful too, so I’m pretty sure I’ve found my summer wardrobe haha xx

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  13. ALL of the nap dresses being worn in the outfit photos above look extremely pretty!
    I absolutely adore every one of these designs and the way each one of them looks.
    I can’t imagine these looks ever going out of style.
    They all look wonderfully feminine, airy, pretty, fashionable, and comfortable.
    I love every one of these designs and I love this trend.
    These photographs showcasing these dresses are gorgeous!

    1. Yes this style of dress is actually quite classic I don’t think it is going anywhere any time soon and I so need one or two or three in mu closet : )

  14. Me! I am! I’m on board with this trend! I love how the dress is super comfortable (nap-able) but you aren’t sacrificing style at all. So breezy and pretty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  15. I hope you find the perfect dress! being petite I don’t have a lot of midi dresses as they can make me look shorter but I do love a good maxi dress – and you do have to love and outfit that’s comfortable enough to nap in, even though I never get the chance with two cute little boys running around, haha!

    Hope you are having a good day 🙂 It’s a stormy one here!

  16. A definite yes for this trend! These dresses are so pretty!

  17. I am definitely on board with this trend! I love wearing dresses, and if they’re comfortable as well, that’s a definite bonus!
    Love the idea of styling them with distressed denim too!
    Julia x

  18. These dresses are amazing!
    xo, Jane

  19. These dresses are all so beautiful! I do love the fit of them. They are comfortable and flattering!

  20. Ohhh my I totally love it and now I really want one.
    Love the super pink one with the coolest sleeves.


  21. I want every single dress in my closet! 🙂

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  22. Hey Allie,

    I totally agree with you, we can start forgetting about leisure clothes and going for a more stylish option like this Hill House trend you’re proposing.

    Can’t stop thinking of a summer in Provence or somewhere similar picking fruits or plants, of course an idealization, but we can also adapt these trends to the city.

    You selected a lot of interesting pieces! Hope you can catch one of these dresses soon 🙂


  23. Eu prezo muito pelo conforto quando vou escolher roupas para usar, e esse estilo é muito confortável, peças maravilhosas, cheias de conforto e elegância.


  24. Haha oh my gosh I love that coined term ‘nap dress’ – such an accurate description! There’s definitely something cottagecore about the style; you can’t help but love it.

    aglassofice.com x

  25. I am excited about your selection, Allie! That outfit you saw at the station is perfect!
    Have a lovely weekend<3


  26. I haven’t bought a nap dress yet, but I really appreciate this trend 🙂

  27. I’ve been waiting for my whole life for these kinds of dresses. They are all feminine, whimsical romantic, and a tad frivolous, and even though they would probably overshadow me I’d still love to have one.

    Thanks for sharing all these beautiful dresses and inspo!

    Loren | plaidandsugar.com

  28. I love the term, “nap dress” to describe smocked dresses. I love these dresses because they remind me of my childhood. I’m more of a fan of midi nap dresses over maxi ones. You have featured some really lovely styles here, Allie! Hope you are well and having a great weekend!


  29. I like these dresses very much but I think I would look bad in them because I am short;-)

  30. All these dresses are very beautiful!

  31. I love dresses like this, they are so easy to wear and so comfortable! Now just need the weather to wear it! xx


  32. I see nap dress and instantly feel like this is the perfect fashion trend for me to hop on lol! The dresses do look cute and comfortable so I get the name.

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

  33. I have never heard of the term ‘nap dress’ before, but I am totally on board with it! This is giving me such inspiration to have a go at making a longer style dress, and one that is perfect to nap in haha!
    I love all the dresses you have picked in this post, they are just so pretty!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Aimsy xoxo
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  34. Love the concept, and I’m actually wearing a nap dress on my latest IG post!
    Have a wonderful week,

  35. Beautiful post, Allie! I now feel inspired to go on a summer shopping spree xx


  36. These dresses are super chic and comfy 🙂
    Beauty and Fashion/Rampdiary/Glamansion

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