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Move over sweatpants — there’s a new comfy, WFH-approved trend in town — and it’s actually chic. Nap dresses are officially the dress of 2020, and fortunately, it’s looking like it’s going to follow us into 2021 too. The nightgown-inspired look certainly pays homage to this year’s viral cottage-core trend but gives you an excuse to wear your PJs while still looking put-together and on-trend. And, since most of us have been sleeping a bit more this year (or, is that just me?), this Instagram-approved sartorial movement feels all the more appropriate.
At its core, this ethereal dress trend is about breezy (and slightly oversized) silhouettes, ruffled accents, and smocking — nostalgic details that feel both sentimental and current. When styled properly, the modern-day nap dress exudes equal parts Victorian romance and ’70s bohemia—an alluring juxtaposition that makes for a seriously statement-making style without compromising coziness. So where exactly did this dreamy trend come from?
Well, the term “nap dress” is trademarked by Nell Diamond, founder of Hillhouse Home—undoubtedly the label that put the trend on the map earlier this year (though it’s worth noting Hillhouse has actually been making nap dresses since 2018). However, after the brand’s dainty designs skyrocketed in popularity this year, other labels have since followed suit, offering a range of nuanced iterations of the original Hillhouse dress at a variety of price points. Scroll through below to shop some of our nap dress styles below.
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R.Vivimos Floral Print Vintage Dress
The perfect not-too-nightgown-y silhouette.
Miessial Striped Linen Dress
It even has pockets!
Sleeper Brigitte Linen Mini Dress
The puffed sleeves and tie detail make this breezy dress ridiculously figure-flattering.
Christy Dawn Conley Dress
This dress is downright dreamy. Pun intended.
Never Fully Dressed Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
Nap dresses don’t have to be neutral-hued.
Reformation Meadow Dress
Low-key Bridgerton vibes.
Madewell x Christy Dawn Striped Tallulah Tie-Back Midi Dress
The back details on this frock are truly stunning.
Reformation Bayley Dress
Hillhouse Home Ellie Nap Dress
The original nap dress in a fall and winter-friendly plaid print.