When most people think of a house dress, they usually picture their mothers and grandmothers wearing oversized, ankle-length dresses with bold floral patterns as they make breakfast for their families or clean their homes. Sitcoms from the ‘60s and ’70’s era often presented several examples of women in old fashioned house dresses. Considering the fact that no one really looks or feels attractive cleaning their bathtub, house dresses have always seemed to be a way to choose comfort over fashion when tackling household chores. Despite their less than appealing history, house dresses are making a comeback, and it’s not hard to see why.
The year 2020 has confined most people to their homes with minimal or no options for keeping up with their grooming, which further discourages most from even bothering to put any effort into their appearance. As a result, most women who are used to getting up extra early to make sure they are a little more than presentable for the workplace have found themselves hanging around the house all day makeup-free and wearing things they wouldn’t even wear on a quick store run. Wearing old t-shirts and sweats every day can become a drag over time and requires a change of wardrobe when it’s time to get down to business, which is why modern house dresses have captured the attention of women everywhere. There are finally house dresses comfortable enough for mopping floors and at the same time stylish enough for work zoom meetings sitting in your living room.
The old images of mothers and grandmothers in their old fashioned house dresses eating snacks and watching soap operas on the couch are being replaced with images of women who are doing it all and looking great while doing it. There is now an array of different fabrics and patterns of house dresses for women to choose from. Popular styles of house dresses include tie waisted, smocks, and shirt dresses, and most women are able to find options they love.
Everyone is attempting to return to their idea of normal everyday life, and modern house dresses are offering women a way to find a happy medium in fashion for their quarantined lives in the meantime.