Meet the Nap Dress — Summer's Biggest Must Have

May 28 2020 - 9:30am

One of the most comfortable trends to emerge this summer [1] is the "nap dress." The name evokes an alluring sense of relaxation and calm. I've had my eye on this trend for a while, but it wasn't until the warm weather hit that I actually got one. Many of these dresses are made to sleep in, but designers have given them extra details like lace, eyelet, and smocking to make them wearable for daytime.

The dresses are usually made of soft, breathable cotton, and in delicate florals or solid white, they are perfect for summer days. Simply add your favorite minimal sandal [2] or wear one over a swimsuit. These dresses feel like special "treat yourself" purchases — a stylish addition to your wardrobe, day or night.

Hill House Home

This dress is so soft, it will feel like you never left your bed.

Shop: Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress [3] ($125)


I love the eyelet detail on this airy and lightweight cotton gown.

Shop: LoveShackFancy Iona Dress [4] ($215)


I love this brand's modern and playful approach to loungewear.

Shop: Sleeper Maxi Dress "Brigitte" in Linum [5] ($290)

The White Company

This nightgown could easily double as a summer cover-up.

Shop: The White Company Cotton Broderie Nightgown [6] ($95)

The 1 For U

This cotton dress gets a modern update with a square neckline.

Shop: The 1 For U 100% Cotton Short Sleeve Nightgown With Pockets — Lara [7] ($40)

Thierry Colson

This is an easy and feminine dress you can wear all summer long.

Shop: Thierry Colson Plum Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Dress [8] ($376)


Wear this dress with your favorite neutral slides.

Shop: Domi Floral-Print Cotton Nightdress [9] ($106, originally $152)


This minidress is made of breezy linen and would pair perfectly with lace-up sandals.

Shop: Sleeper Brigitte Linen Mini Dress [10]($260)

The Great

Made of 100 percent cotton, this pull-over dress is perfect for lounging or travel.

The Great Romantic Sleep Dress [11] ($165)

Tribe Alive

This is the perfect dress with slippers or sneakers.

Tribe Alive Slip Dress [12] ($198)

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