20 Comfy House Dresses Stylish Enough to be Spotted In (Even If You Won't Be)

As comfortable as athleisure, but far more fashionable.

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Woman relaxing on deck chair in backyard, reading a book
Kathrin Ziegler

There's a lot to love about stretchy pants that you can do everything from practice yoga to nap in. But they're no match for the put-together feeling of picking out a day dress, not to mention the automatic confidence boast that comes with catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror wearing something flirty and fun.

Thanks to today's fashion trends, that instant composure doesn't have to come at the price of your comfort. The soft fabrics of your favorite worn-in t-shirt have joined forces with loosely fitting silhouettes for stylish pieces you can wear while lounging on the front porch, eating dinner on the patio with friends, or simply enjoying doing nothing at all. Because who says you can't feel special while binging Netflix or rereading your favorite book? From flowy maxi dresses to relaxed shirt dresses, we've pulled a few picks from around the web that are as cozy as activewear but can add a bit more flair to even the laziest day spent at home.

A New Day Women's Sleeveless Sundress in Pink

A New Day Women's Sleeveless Sundress in Pink
Target

BUY IT: $30; target.com

We're ready for a vacation, and this flamingo pink number with a smocked back is perfectly packable.

Somerset Maxi Dress in Ivory

Somerset Maxi
Anthropologie

BUY IT: $168; anthropologie.com

Lightweight cotton, a smocked waist, and an easy pullover style make this maxi a warm-weather winner.

Universal Thread Flutter Short Sleeve Woven Dress in Coral

Flutter Short Sleeve Woven Dress
Target

BUY IT: $20; target.com

Wear it for running errands around town or as a beach cover-up.

ASTR the Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress in White

ASTR the Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress
Nordstrom

BUY IT: $89; nordstrom.com

We're suckers for puff sleeves and a breezy, gauzy material. It comes in black too.

A New Day Women's Easy Linen Tank Dress in Magenta

A New Day Women's Easy Linen Tank Dress in Magenta
Target

BUY IT: $20; target.com

Hot summer days call for lightweight linen. Plus, it has pockets!

BB Dakota by Steve Madden Ella Flutter Strap Cotton Maxi Dress

BB Dakota by Steve Madden Ella Flutter Strap Cotton Maxi Dress
Nordstrom

BUY IT: $39; nordstrom.com

This crinkled cotton maxi is ideal for summer, but it'll also pair well with a denim jacket for fall.

Who What Wear Women's Bishop 3/4 Sleeve Dress in Beige Floral

Who What Wear Women's Bishop 3/4 Sleeve Dress in Beige Floral
Target

BUY IT: $38; target.com

We love the airy vibes of these floral, flow-y tiers and three-quarter sleeves.

Nordstrom T-Shirt Maxi Dress

Nordstrom Tshirt Maxi Dress
Nordstrom

BUY IT: $59; nordstrom.com

The softness of your favorite T-shirt meets an outing-appropriate silhouette.

Lou & Grey Rainbow Stripe Swing Dress

Lou & Grey Rainbow Stripe Swing Dress
LOFT

BUY IT: $80; loft.com

Wear the rainbow! The textured cotton blend adds a little something extra.

Boho Floral Printed Dress

Boho Floral Printed Dress
Amazon

BUY IT: $27; amazon.com

Adjustable straps ensure a comfortable fit.

Linen Tunic Dress in Green

Zara Linen Tunic Dress in Green
Zara

BUY IT: $70; zara.com

Add a belt for a more tailored look, or wear it loose for an easy daytime winner.

Open Edit Sleeveless Reversible Maxi Dress in Rust Umber

Open Edit Sleeveless Reversible Maxi Dress in Rust Umber
Nordstrom

BUY IT: $49; nordstrom.com

This reversible dress (you can also wear it with a V in the front) comes in five colors. We like the rust, as it'll transition well to fall.

Who What Wear Women's Puff Long Sleeve Dress in Yellow Leopard

Who What Wear Women's Puff Long Sleeve Dress in Yellow Leopard
Target

BUY IT: $37; target.com

It's all in the details: An oversized collar, a whimsical animal print, and a playful drop waist.

Topshop Smocked Stripe Midi Dress

Topshop Smocked Stripe Midi Dress
Nordstrom

BUY IT: $84; nordstrom.com

Blue-and-white stripes and smocked coral straps are a match made in summer style heaven.

PRETTYGARDEN Plaid Ruffled Sleeveless Dress in Red

PRETTYGARDEN Plaid Ruffle Sundress
Amazon

BUY IT: $31; amazon.com

The search for the perfect picnic dress is over ... we've found it! It also comes in yellow, black, green, and blue check.

Universal Thread Women's Gauze Tiered Skirt and Flutter Blouse in Purple

Universal Thread Women's Gauze Tiered Skirt and Flutter Blouse in Purple
Target

BUY IT: Skirt, $25; target.com; and top, $15, target.com

Shh! This is actually a two-piece set, which makes for easy mixing and matching with items you already own, like white jeans or a blouse.

Linen Blend Empire Waist Maxi Dress in Blue Stripe

Linen Blend Empire Waist Maxi
Gap

BUY IT: $55; gap.com

The linen-blend, smocked-back maxi comes in tall and petite sizes too.

Big Shirt Dress in White

Big Shirt Dress
Gap

BUY IT: $47; gap.com

There's nothing we love more for the dog days of summer than a little white dress.

Elan Grecian Cover-Up Dress in White/Navy

Elan Grecian Cover Up in White Navy
Nordstrom

BUY IT: $74; nordstrom.com

It may be called a cover-up, but you can bet your bottom dollar we'd wear this to neighborhood block parties and the grocery store too.

Broken-In Jersey Tiered Maxi Dress in Alhambra Green

Broken-in jersey tiered maxi dress
J. Crew

BUY IT: $80; jcrew.com

It's the easiest outfit ever: Just add sandals or sneakers and you're ready to go.

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