Stop Neglecting This MVP Clothing Item (Even In Quarantine)

Hilary Shepherd
·3 min read

Sporting anything but supremely comfy loungewear — and the occasional Zoom-ready blouse — while in quarantine might seem pointless. But hear us out: You can dress up a little without looking (or feeling) silly.

To zhuzh up your current lockdown aesthetic, consider...the dress. Remember those? (No, your robe doesn't count.) The now-oft-neglected piece works surprisingly well for the strange indoor-and-sometimes-outdoor lifestyles we're living now, even as temperatures turn. From easy-breezy chiffon maxis to a floor-length cardigan that's more versatile than you could've ever imagined, these styles were made to mix and match, layer, and ultimately breathe some much-needed life back into your wardrobe — without breaking the bank.

Still don't believe us? Click through for four styling ideas — handpicked from the selection of autumn-ready frocks, accessories, and beauty products at Macy's — that just might convince you otherwise.

Neither a floral-printed midi dress with a sexy slit nor glossy tortoiseshell platforms might've been your first choice for quarantine clothing. But what is a long dress if not an elevated nightie, and heels aren't a problem when you're not going any farther than the living room. Fill in your brows for instant polish — and helping you not get washed out on Zoom.<br><br><strong>MICHAEL Michael Kors</strong> Floral-Print Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fmichael-michael-kors-floral-print-midi-dress%3FID%3D11304138%26CategoryID%3D5449" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>DV Dolce Vita</strong> Ferris Platform Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdv-dolce-vita-ferris-platform-sandals%3FID%3D11262981" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Fossil</strong> Carlie Mini Brown Leather Strap Watch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ffossil-womens-carlie-mini-brown-leather-strap-watch-28mm%3FID%3D10231411%26CategoryID%3D23930" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Anastasia Beverly Hills</strong> Micro-Stroking Detailing Brow Pen, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fanastasia-beverly-hills-micro-stroking-detailing-brow-pen%3FID%3D11153851%26CategoryID%3D30077%26swatchColor%3DTaupe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Neither a floral-printed midi dress with a sexy slit nor glossy tortoiseshell platforms might've been your first choice for quarantine clothing. But what is a long dress if not an elevated nightie, and heels aren't a problem when you're not going any farther than the living room. Fill in your brows for instant polish — and helping you not get washed out on Zoom.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Floral-Print Midi Dress, $, available at Macy's

DV Dolce Vita Ferris Platform Sandals, $, available at Macy's

Fossil Carlie Mini Brown Leather Strap Watch, $, available at Macy's

Anastasia Beverly Hills Micro-Stroking Detailing Brow Pen, $, available at Macy's
Here's another application of the Dress-As-Nightgown Theorem. This time, we go tone-on-tone with a breezy monochromatic number and slouchy, snakeskin-print boots. For color (and video conferencing), add a matte lip and punchy red earrings.<br><br><strong>Calvin Klein</strong> Paisley-Print Chiffon Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcalvin-klein-paisley-print-chiffon-maxi-dress%3FID%3D11337054%26CategoryID%3D5449" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>BCBGeneration</strong> Marlo Slouch To The Knee Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fbcbgeneration-womens-marlo-slouch-to-the-knee-boot%3FID%3D11298669%26CategoryID%3D25122%26swatchColor%3DMulti%2520Snake" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>kate spade new york</strong> Gold-Tone Stone Flower Drop Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fkate-spade-new-york-gold-tone-stone-flower-drop-earrings%3FID%3D11342829%26CategoryID%3D78233" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Anastasia Beverly Hills</strong> Lip Stain, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fanastasia-beverly-hills-lip-stain%3FID%3D11154128%26CategoryID%3D30077%26swatchColor%3DRosewood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Here's another application of the Dress-As-Nightgown Theorem. This time, we go tone-on-tone with a breezy monochromatic number and slouchy, snakeskin-print boots. For color (and video conferencing), add a matte lip and punchy red earrings.

Calvin Klein Paisley-Print Chiffon Maxi Dress, $, available at Macy's

BCBGeneration Marlo Slouch To The Knee Boot, $, available at Macy's

kate spade new york Gold-Tone Stone Flower Drop Earrings, $, available at Macy's

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Stain, $, available at Macy's
Denim <em>and </em>a dress? "Whoa, slow down there," you say. But we believe in you and your ability to reintroduce both to your wardrobe in one go. Treat the sweater dress as a long top over a pair of cropped, wide-leg jean. To finish, just add a horse-bit loafer, a swipe of mascara, and gold collar necklace. <br><br><strong>Calvin Klein</strong> Button-Front Sweater Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcalvin-klein-button-front-sweater-dress%3FID%3D11376996%26CategoryID%3D5449" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Numero</strong> Cropped Wide-Leg Jeans, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fnumero-cropped-wide-leg-jeans%3FID%3D10638086%26CategoryID%3D3111" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Sam Edelman</strong> Loraine Bit Loafers, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fsam-edelman-womens-loraine-bit-loafers%3FID%3D10365657%26CategoryID%3D16108%26swatchColor%3DSaddle%2520Leather" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Zenzii</strong> Gold-Tone Tortoise-Look Link Collar Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fzenzii-gold-tone-tortoise-look-link-collar-necklace-17-1-2-3-extender%3FID%3D9540867%26CategoryID%3D78234%26swatchColor%3DBlack%252FBrown" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Urban Decay</strong> Lash Freak Mascara, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Furban-decay-lash-freak-mascara%3FID%3D11001341%26CategoryID%3D53452" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Denim and a dress? "Whoa, slow down there," you say. But we believe in you and your ability to reintroduce both to your wardrobe in one go. Treat the sweater dress as a long top over a pair of cropped, wide-leg jean. To finish, just add a horse-bit loafer, a swipe of mascara, and gold collar necklace.

Calvin Klein Button-Front Sweater Dress, $, available at Macy's

Numero Cropped Wide-Leg Jeans, $, available at Macy's

Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafers, $, available at Macy's

Zenzii Gold-Tone Tortoise-Look Link Collar Necklace, $, available at Macy's

Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara, $, available at Macy's
Not ready to let go of hoodies and pajamas just yet? (We feel you.) Try a slip dress in an interesting print (over some supremely comfy underwear), throw on a hoodie for a trompe-l'oeil skirt effect, and touch up your brows. Finito. <br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Forever Yours Smocked Slip Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ffree-people-forever-yours-smocked-slip-maxi-dress%3FID%3D10786635%26CategoryID%3D44498%26swatchColor%3DBlack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Danielle Bernstein</strong> French Terry Hoodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fdanielle-bernstein-french-terry-hoodie-created-for-macys%3FID%3D11268394%26CategoryID%3D255%26swatchColor%3DGray" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Calvin Klein</strong> Perfectly Fit Iris Lace Bikini Underwear, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fcalvin-klein-womens-perfectly-fit-iris-lace-bikini-underwear-qf5966%3FID%3D10537106%26CategoryID%3D225%26swatchColor%3DIvory" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a><br><br><strong>Benefit Cosmetics</strong> Brow Microfilling Eyebrow Pen, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fbenefit-cosmetics-brow-microfilling-eyebrow-pen%3FID%3D11085608%26CategoryID%3D30077%26swatchColor%3DDeep%2520Brown" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>
Not ready to let go of hoodies and pajamas just yet? (We feel you.) Try a slip dress in an interesting print (over some supremely comfy underwear), throw on a hoodie for a trompe-l'oeil skirt effect, and touch up your brows. Finito.

Free People Forever Yours Smocked Slip Maxi Dress, $, available at Macy's

Danielle Bernstein French Terry Hoodie, $, available at Macy's

Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Iris Lace Bikini Underwear, $, available at Macy's

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Microfilling Eyebrow Pen, $, available at Macy's

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