Most Black people grew up with a grandmother or auntie who wore house dresses on the regular. Whether she was fixing a meal, running to the store, or entertaining friends, her muumuu was the perfect one-piece solution. And while it wasn’t always the most fashionable, it was certainly a comfortable alternative to her church dress and itchy stockings.
These days, as more of us are working from home, TikTok videos are popping up everywhere, showing us how to channel our inner Mrs. Roper (in case you’ve never seen an episode of the 80's sitcom, Three’s Company she’s the wife of landlord Stanley Roper).
Whether you’re headed to the beach or to brunch, you’ll do it in style in the Orange Calima Tangleo Linen Dress from OAS.
The Ria Caftan is a colorful, lightweight dress you can throw on with minimal effort and look chic anywhere.
Create the look that works best for your body with this colorful ankle-length dress from Etsy. Whether you cinch in the waist or let it all hang out, you can create a look that is sexy and tailored to accentuate your unique shape.
It doesn’t get much more effortlessly chic than this 100 percent cotton Kyra Midi Dress from Daughters of India.
This oversized caftan from H&M is comfortable to wear all day, but stylish enough to wear for a night out.
This beauty is perfect for relaxing, either on the couch or by the pool. Pair it with gold accessories to make the tassel print really pop.
Striped Midi Caftan
Step out in this striped midi caftan from Tory Burch and you’ll feel like you’re on a Mediterranean cruise.
Lotta Love Romper
This romper from Free People is a cool, comfy twist on the house dress. I love all of the feminine details including the tapered ankles, pleats and the deep V in back.
Dwell & Slumber - Cocoon House Dress
The cocoon house dress from Dwell & Slumber has a simple silhouette that works for all sizes. It’s made of a breathable polyester/spandex blend that is perfectly comfortable. And it’s nursing friendly, making it a great addition to a new mom’s wardrobe.
Updated Granny Chic
If you’re looking for an updated take on Granny chic, you’ll live for this satin caftan, which is a fresh take on the classic house dress. It’s got the floral print you remember, with a little modern twist. All you’re missing is the smell of her homemade biscuits.
This black and white kaftan dress from MaLa Handworks will have you resort ready in no time. It looks great on all body types and is comfortable enough to wear all day.
This hand loomed wool kimono can help you create a perfect last-minute look. It works over leggings, jeans or a simple tank dress to instantly take you from Plain Jane to Egyptian goddess.
Whether you pair it with heels or a comfy flat sandal, you can’t go wrong with this linen kaftan from Anthropologie. Accessorize with bold earrings and a bracelet or two, and you’ll look like you spent hours getting ready for your guests.
Kimono-Sleeve Satin Maxi Dress
Everything about this Satin maxi dress from ASOS says sexy. The split hem, the plunging neckline and the kimono sleeves are the perfect feminine details.
Boat Neck Batwing Sleeve Maxi Dress
This oversized maxi dress is perfect to throw on after a long day. It’s made of a rayon/spandex blend, so it’s completely comfortable. You’ll feel like you’re wearing a t-shirt, but look like you’re ready for an exclusive pool party.
Turkish Cold Shoulder Kaftan Dress
If you want your look to give Real Housewife vibes without spending a fortune, this cold shoulder kaftan dress is everything. The shoulder cut outs are a sexy detail that let you show a little skin without giving it all away.
Ikat Print Kaftan
BohoRobes is another great Etsy shop for all things loungewear. And this Ikat print kaftan is no exception. It fits most sizes and is available in lengths from 44 to 52 inches. This handmade cotton dress can be the colorfully comfortable foundation of a perfect at-home chic look.
Trade in your old pajamas for this cotton caftan from silkandmore. The leafy paisley print and the loose-fitting design make it the perfect outfit for a lazy Sunday.
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