Most Black people grew up with a grandmother or auntie who wore house dresses on the regular. Growing up, I don’t think I remember seeing my grandma in anything other than one of her floral house dress. Whether she was fixing a meal, running to the store, or entertaining friends, she always had the perfect one-piece solution. And although it wasn’t the most fashionable, it was certainly a comfortable alternative to her church dress and itchy stockings. Luckily, these days there are plenty of alternatives to the traditional house dress that are just as fashionable as they are functional.
Call it a muumuu, a caftan or a house dress, these pieces will help you look good without even trying. Whether you’re entertaining friends for brunch or just lounging around the house, you can slip into one of these comfortable dresses and instantly transform yourself into a melanated version of Blanche Devereaux of The Golden Girls. And if you spend less time getting ready for your guests, you have more time to make sure you can make the perfect brunch cocktail.
Jennafer Grace - Anastasia Caftan
This bohemian beauty is perfect for relaxing, either on the couch or by the pool. pair it with gold accessories to make tassel print really pop.
Sweet Salt - Snap-Button Cocoon Dress
This snap-button cocoon dress is a stretchy updated house dress that is perfect for days when wearing pants just isn’t an option. The snap buttons on the side create a unique silhouette that works just as well with heels or flats.
Free People- 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.
If you’re looking for an updated take on Granny chic, you’ll live for this classic house dress. It’s got the floral print and side pockets you remember, with 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.
Gipci - Kimono
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.
Zara - Long Print Dress
This Long Print Dress from Zara is effortlessly chic. It’s perfect for lounging or running errands – a definite step up from sweats and a baseball cap.
Belted Printed Kimono
If dresses aren’t your thing, try this Printed kimono and pants set from Zara.
Anthropologie - Fringed Shine Kaftan
It doesn’t get any more glam than this polyester fringed kaftan from Anthropologie. It’s deceptively comfortable and just fancy enough to make you look like you spent hours getting ready for your guests.
Ooshie - Lucia Floral Silk Caftan
This beautiful tulip print caftan from Ooshie is made of 100 percent silk and available in sizes XXS - 2XL.
ASOS - Hope & Ivy Plus Bridesmaid 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 a Mediterranean cruise.
Bsubseach - Turkish Cold Shoulder Kaftan Dresses
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.
Lucky Love Company - Ava
The Ava housedress from Lucky Love Company is comfortable and functional option for sizes 0-16. It’s made with side pockets, and you can adjust the drawstring at the waist to find the perfect fit.
Lemlem - Kiteli Long Popover Dress
The Popover dress from lemelem is a cool cotton alternative to a plain tee. It’s handmade in Ethiopia with beautiful details including the fringe hem, long puff sleeves and v-neck.
BohoRobes is another great Etsy shop for all things loungewear. And this Ikat print kaftan is no exception. It fits most sizes and 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.
Silkandmore - Organic Cotton Caftan
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.
Dawning Studio Chicago - Handmade Caftan/Housedress
This Handmade housedress is an updated version of your grandma’s look. Add a few simple accessories if you’re working from home, or pair it with your favorite slippers when you just want to relax.
ASOS - Tiered Floral Embroidered Maxi Dress
This maxi dress from ASOS is giving the perfect boho vibes. I love all of the pretty details, including the embroidered floral details and tiered skirt.
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