5 Pretty Dress Trends Fashion People Are Wearing Indoors

Mark A. Carlson

Now that it’s starting to truly feel like summer in most parts of the country, it’s getting to be too hot for all the heavy loungewear we stocked up on several months ago and beyond that, many of us are tiring of wearing the same sweatpants over and over (myself included). One solution to summer dressing while staying comfortable at home? The house dress. These easy throw-on dresses have always trended this time of year, but this year, they’ve become even more appealing—and that only means one thing: Time to usher in a new round of trends.

Once again, fashion people have proven to be a huge source of inspiration here, as they’re the first to test out these new dress trends and show the rest of us how to style them. From the loose and languid maxi dresses to cotton ribbed-knit styles and pretty smocking, this summer’s crop of house dresses couldn’t be any prettier. Whether you plan on lounging around, working from home, or, you know, just taking a nap, keep scrolling to see and shop the pretty dress trends that define the perfect house dress.

Reliable Ribbing

You know your favorite ribbed tank top? These are everything we love about them in dress form—they’re easy to throw on but still sleek and polished. Accessorize with some chunky gold jewelry and you have yourself a look.

Shop the trend:

Re/Done Ribbed Tank Dress ($150)

Good American Micro Rib Mini Dress ($99)

Who What Wear Sleeveless Racer Dress ($35)

Reformation Mel Ribbed Body-Con Minidress ($98)

The Range Braided Midi Dress in Desert ($245)

Loose and Languid

Flowy and floor-grazing with barely-there staps, this summer’s maxi dresses will have you feeling like you’re on vacation without ever having to leave home.

Shop the trend:

Cecilie Bahnsen Beth Oversized Gathered Midi Dress ($1245)

H&M Textured-Weave Maxi Dress ($60)

Free People Beach Club Maxi Dress ($188)

ASOS Design Cami Midi Sundress With Pep Hem in White ($29)

Serious Smocking

Fact: Put smocking details on any garment and it becomes instantly more appealing. How is it that the stretchy fabric is comfortable, suits everyone, and is a magnet for compliments and kind words? Try one of these pretty frocks and see for yourself.

Shop the trend:

Paloma Wool Benidorm Dress ($145)

& Other Stories Smocked Mini Dress ($69)

Tach Clothing Capri Dress ($187)

H&M Crinkled Dress ($15)

Sultry Slips

Boudoir-inspired dressing was a major trend on the S/S 2020 runways, so we’re not surprised to see these lacy slip dresses bubble up for summer. 

Shop the trend:

ASTR the Label Gaia Dress in Sage ($98)

Jonathan Simkhai Kendra Sandwashed Charmeuse Dress ($506)

Anine Bing Katy Lace Trim Silk Satin Slipdress ($200)

Réalisation The Liv Dress ($245)

Bardot Tie Dye Slipdress ($48)

Backless Beauties

From cutouts to lace-up straps, showing a little skin is, well, in, and you can’t deny how stunning some of these backless dresses are.

Shop the trend:

For Love & Lemons Zinna Mini Dress in Lemonade ($194)

9Seed Seychelles Cover Up ($174)

Afrm Jamie Polka Dot Open Back Short Sleeve Dress ($45)

Ninety Percent Open Back Midi Dress ($150)

Next up, five sunglasses trends that are in for summer 2020 (and five that are out).

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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