It all began in summer 2020. With many of us finally settling into our quarantine routines and coming to terms with the fact that travel of any kind was off the table for the foreseeable future, we started turning our homes (and our wardrobes) into the types of places we wished we could be. And an English countryside was a major source of inspiration. Cottagecore, as it was deemed, brought with it ditsy daisy prints, lightweight linens and, most importantly, the nap dress.
A true nap dress is made from soft, lightweight fabrics, isn’t form-fitting or restrictive and can be worn both for lazy afternoon dozing on the couch or to pick up groceries without fear of embarrassment. They’re frocks that don’t immediately look like pajamas over Zoom and feel almost like playing dress-up—as Elizabeth Bennet or Jo March or any other set of fictional sisters who live idyllic country lives—but for adults. Sometimes they are literal nightgowns. And sometimes they’re floaty numbers that look plucked from a fairytale. More than anything, nap dresses are a welcome alternative to sweatsuits, as they similarly offer little to no extra thought or effort to wear.
We fully expect this trend to continue going strong all the way through June (at the least), so why not stock up now? Here, 12 gorgeous nap dresses to wear to bed, to work, to Zoom birthday parties and back to bed again.