25 Cute Dresses That Totally Double As Loungewear

If you’re expected to multitask on the daily, then your dresses would be too.

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A patterned maxi dress with front button closures that transitions from elegant garden parties to lounge sessions in the garden with a good book.

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BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga (looking too cute in the picture above) is a fan of this easy-breezy number:

I wore this dress to my sister-in-law’s socially distanced bridal shower — it was a hit! I’m about 5’1″ and I didn’t have to worry about hemming this dress at all. I’m *very* busty and went with the medium — it was a bit taught over my chest but the button loops were very forgiving so it didn’t create that awkward this-top-is-too-tight look. Highly recommend!’

Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in sizes S–XL and four colors).


A short-sleeve breathable dress for anyone who repels form-fitting clothes but who isn’t trying to have a closet full of shapeless potatoes sacks, either. Would a sack have such a cute back cutout? I don’t think so.

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Promising review: “This is a nice summer and fall dress. It’s heavy enough to keep you from being cold indoors during the summer and outdoors during the fall, but breathes enough that you can wear it in the heat. The dress is a little shorter than I imagined it would be; I’m only 5’5″, but it was more a midi length than a maxi on me. It’s still very cute on and I always get lots of compliments.” —Sara

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and seven colors).


A chic tie-front dress with a drawstring waistband so you can cinch it tight to leave the house, and then promptly loosen it the moment you return home.


Get it from Everlane for $78 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in three colors).


A slinky tank dress with adjustable straps and POCKETS if you’re happiest in clothing you could just as easily wear to sleep as you could out to dinner.

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Promising review:This dress is so simple and versatile…I bought four! I wear it around the house almost like a house dress or lounging wear, around town, over a bathing suit, and even to bed. It is really comfortable. As far as fit goes, it is the smallest bit too low in the bust. I do find that I am pulling it up in the chest in public, which I’ve remedied with a bralette underneath. I ordered a medium. A medium fits looser and natural how I like, but I could probably fit into a small if I wanted a snugger fit, which might remedy the looser bust. The silhouette of the dress is a loose hourglass shape with a baggier hip and room in the gut. I love it!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and in 28 styles).


An open-back number because comfy and sexy can coexist in one ruffle-hemmed maxi dress.

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Promising review: “I have been wanting this same dress from Free People but it was $118. I was leery about this considering it was much cheaper in cost but it is PERFECT! I’m 5’6″ and it fit absolutely perfectly. Great length too. Keep in mind you can’t wear a bra with it and if you are larger-busted (I’m an A cup) then it may fit totally different. It’s thin and lightweight but with skin-colored undies, I had no problem with lines or visibility. I’m considering buying it in another color 😍” —Bullitt02797

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 22 colors).


A bold wrap maxi with a showstopping front slit to completely reimagine what you thought loungewear could be.

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Promising review: “This dress is so lovely! Fluttery sleeves, flowy skirt, and that opening in the front — sexy. Perfect for lounging or walking around. It does trail on the ground though so I might alter it later so it doesn’t. Cruise — here I come” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 22 styles).


A striped fit and flare dress that’s like the mullet of dresses. Professional pointed collar on top, party-ready, flowy handkerchief hem on the bottom.

Label Raasleela / Etsy

Label Raasleela is a New Dehli, India-based Etsy shop handmaking high-quality clothing in vibrant colors and prints.

Promising review: “I wish I could give more than 5 stars. The dress is beautifully made, and a slip dress is also included. It is comfortable yet stylish. I ordered this during COVID-19. Sonali somehow managed to ship everything so fast. She also packed some face masks made from matching cotton that shows she puts love and heart in my order. I will for sure come back and order more items. I highly highly recommend this shop!” —zhweisophie

Get it from Label Raasleela on Etsy for $48 (available in sizes XS–XXL).


A staple T-shirt dress in tons of colors and prints for capturing all the comfort and versatility of your favorite T-shirt without the effort of finding bottoms to match.


Promising review: “I have these dresses in four different colors. I bought a medium, but probably should have gone with a small — go with your measurements on the size chart and you will be fine. The lighter colors (white, light blue) are see-through, so make sure your undergarments are nude colored. The black and the olive green are fantastic and can be dressed up or down. I have the red one sitting in my cart now. Love them, and they are a fantastic staple for your wardrobe.” —Lisa

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes XXS–5XL and in 45 styles).


Or a T-shirt dress with ~pockets~ and an attached waist-cinching belt if you prefer a more form-fitting (but still wildly comfortable) ensemble.

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FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

Promising review:Love this dress! So cute and so comfy! Size up if you’re in doubt. I am typically between a small and medium (most of the time small). I ordered a medium and it fits just right — would’ve had to send a small back. The belt is attached at the sides and has enough give to wrap around my back and back up to the front, with PLENTY of belt left to hang. Great material, not cheaply made. I will be ordering different colors. Love it!” —customer customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.55+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 16 styles).


A ruffled A-line puff-sleeve dress so you can live out all your cottagecore fantasies whether you’re on the couch watching Kiki’s Delivery Service for the hundredth time or frolicking in the field you found IRL.

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Promising review: “I wore the orange one to my cousin’s fall wedding and I didn’t want to take it off. It is SO COMFORTABLE! I saw a lot of other reviews that say it doesn’t look good unless you’re pregnant, but I am not pregnant and it looks great. The material is nice and I am considering buying another color. It can get a bit wrinkly, but I just threw it in the dryer for a bit and shook it out and it touched up nicely. Buy it! You’ll feel like a character from one of Jane Austen’s novels. :)” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 12 colors).


A long sleeve knit maxi dress because why shouldn’t the soft, cuddly joy of a rib-knit sweater extend down to your ankles?

Free People

Get it from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–XL and in two colors).


A button-down skater dress to wear anytime, anywhere with pockets that can transport snacks from kitchen to living room or house your hands when you do decide to go out in public, inevitably feel awkward, and realize you don’t know what to do with your hands.

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Promising review: “LOVE this dress! It’s super stretchy, great for plus-size girls! I am a 14–16 right now and got the XXL and it’s perfect. I have a pretty big chest DDD and it fits there too! The length is longer (knee length) but it’s actually flattering and makes it so you can wear it with boots and a cardigan in fall but also wear it in spring and summer when it gets hot so it’s very versatile! Plan on getting in more colors!” —Kandice

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 42 styles, including both short and long sleeves).


An empire-waist suplice dress that’ll make you wonder why you ever put up with clothes that aren’t this cute and comfortable.

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FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

Promising review: “While it makes a flattering dress, I wear it as a nightgown. I bought four and I’m so pleased with them. They are very comfortable and wash well and don’t wrinkle. They would be perfect for breastfeeding. Update: I’ve washed them each probably a dozen times by now. The fabric holds up beautifully, is soft, and drapes well.” —Sunrise Sky

Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in sizes XS–XXL in six colors, and in Plus sizes 1X–6X in four colors).


A free-flowing tiered midi dress for anyone who’s unafraid of a look with a little voluminous *drama*.


Sotela is a Latina-owned small fashion brand with an emphasis on body positivity and inclusivity. Each piece is made to order in their Los Angelas studio from eco-friendly materials, with the goal of developing styles that are forgiving and can fluctuate with our fluctuating bodies.

Get it from Sotela for $249 (available in sizes 0–10 and in six colors; allow three weeks lead time for your order).


A sleeveless knit midi dress so soft and stretchy you’ll forget that this is the first time in months you’ve worn something besides sweatpants and it feels…it feels surprisingly good.


FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

Promising review: “I bought two of these. Love, love, love them. So comfortable. I’m home most the time and these are the perfect lounging dress. Fabric is so soft. At first, I thought these would be too warm for our Texas summers, but it is light and airy.” —picky senior

Get it from Amazon for $29.90 (available in sizes XS–XL and in six colors).


A linen and cotton-blend embroidered tunic if you like the versatility of a free-flowing style that looks just as good with pants or leggings as it does without.

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Promising review: “Colors are vibrant. Feel is loose and comfy. Somewhat sheer. Lightweight. Great for lounging in. Haven’t washed yet, so we shall see how that goes.” —Todd Coury

Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in sizes M–XXL and in five colors).


A button-front breathable linen dress expertly tailored to your exact measurements because made-to-measure doesn’t have to mean only made for going out. You should be feelin’ your fancy self at home, too!

Linen City / Etsy

Linen City is a Poland-based Etsy shop creating made-to-measure clothing — from dresses to jumpsuits — out of all-natural and breathable linen.

Promising review: “This shop deserves more than five stars! My dress was sewn exactly according to my measurements and so it fits exactly. The color is exactly as I imagined. My dress is sewn perfectly. Communication was very detailed and Victor helped me with pictures to send the correct body measurements. I received my new dress within a few days. Thank you and see you next time!” —Uta Jenke

Get it from Linen City on Etsy for $95.64+ (available in sizes XXS–1X and in a variety of colors).


A sleeveless tent dress with plenty of lightweight, floral-printed cotton to drastically up your twirl game. So much fabric, so much cinematic drama.

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Promising review: “This is my third order of this dress in a different color/pattern. I absolutely love this easy, comfortable/cute dress. I buy the dress one size larger just so it’s looser ( though it’s plenty loose) and just in case it shrinks. I wear it to lounge in around the house or can dress it up to go out and still be comfortable. None of the dresses I’ve bought in this style have been see-though, though they are thin. Perfect for summer. The straps slide like a bra so you can make the armholes fit to your liking. I love the empire bodice because it hides my belly perfectly. Truly my favorite dress. I wish I had about three more!” —seashellbelle

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–5XL and in 39 styles).


A casual short sleeve dress in a range of solid colors and flirty prints that combines everything a comfortable dress needs —soft, stretchy fabric, a neckline and sleeves you can wear almost any bra with, and pockets so you can share the news with everyone who compliments your dress.

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Promising review: “I love this dress and just ordered another short sleeve, a long sleeve, and a sleeveless to try as well. It is so comfortable, I wore it all weekend. Looked good on video meetings, went on errands, and lounged around the house in it. Wish it came in more fun graphics!” —Levelbestbuilder

Get it from Amazon for $35.01+ (available in sizes XS–3XL, in crewneck or V-neck, and in 27 styles).


An eye-catching cutout maxi dress for when you want all eyes on you, even if the only eyes around are your cat’s.

Lilly’s Kloset

Lilly’s Kloset is a Black woman-owned small online fashion boutique that launched in 2012 and sells a wide array of clothes and accessories for virtually any occasion — from elegant weddings to a girl’s night out.

Get it from Lilly’s Kloset for $108 (available in sizes S–L).


A flowy off-the-shoulder dress so versatile you’ll be wearing it to weddings and solo wine nights in alike. The ruffled layer across the bust keeps everything PG-13 friendly, even if you decide to go braless.

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Promising review: “This is the very best dress I have ever purchased. It’s great for lounging or for going out. I purchased it for my cruise but now it’s my go-to dress. FYI: If you are a busty woman like myself and you’d like to give your girls a rest sometimes, you can actually go bra-free in this dress and your girls will still be fully covered. THIS DRESS WAS HEAVEN-SENT!” —Tnesha

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 16 styles).


A breezy spaghetti strap dress if your style sits somewhere between “elastic waistbands only” and “beachy bohemian princess.”

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Promising review: “I now own five, yes five, of these dresses! At 5′ feet tall, I find it’s hard to find a dress that’s not too long. These dresses hit just below the ankle but are not quite to the floor, making them the perfect length for me and allow me to wear a variety of shoes with them. The straps are adjustable and a strapless bra is well-hidden under the dress. The pockets don’t add width to the look of my hips and the fabric is lightweight and comfortable. I will be wearing these dresses all spring and summer long!” —Rebecca L.

Get it from Amazon for $25.85+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 27 styles).


A versatile tank dress because this simple silhouette layers like a dream, accommodating a wide range of fluctuating temperatures and occasions. Throw your favorite oversized sweater on top and you’ve magically made yourself a maxi skirt!

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FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you’re a member!

Promising review: “Love this dress alone or layered under a cropped shirt or denim jacket for cooler evenings. It’s extremely comfortable, very soft fabric, and has washed well. I’ve just ordered it in other colors.” —Justine F

Get it from Amazon for $26.90 (available in sizes XS–XXL in 10 styles and in Plus sizes 1X–6X and in five styles).


A long-sleeve shift dress made from handwoven banana waste fibers and plant-based dyes for a lounge-friendly, going out-friendly, earth-friendly ~lewk~.

milo + nicki

milo + nicky is a small clothing brand founded by Nicki Patel that creates stylish and Earth-friendly clothing out of banana waste!

Get it from milo + nicki for $100 (originally $189; available in sizes XS–L and in two colors).


A ruched strapless maxi dress to bring a little laidback, tropical flair to your wardrobe, even if the nearest beach is miles away.

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Promising review: “Highly recommended! I’ve tried other brands on Amazon and by far, the Grace Karin brand has exceeded my expectations and is the only brand of tube/strapless dress that I’ve kept. I love this dress so much that I’ve purchased two of them! The thickness of the material in the chest area allows you to wear support or not. I absolutely love the handy pockets. Length is perfect even for petite ladies (I’m 5′ and it’s not “too long”). You can dress it up to go out in (add a light cardigan) and comfortable enough to wear at home all day.” —Itsnyce

Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 30 styles).

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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