Remember the house coat (as my grandmother’s referred to them)? or house dress? My mother wore one, my grandmothers wore them, and now, I’m ready to bring them back. Maybe they’re really just for ladies of a certain age? I know I didn’t fully appreciate the idea of a house coat until now, but it certainly would make packing for a trip where I’ll be spending most of the time at home, with family, easier.
I thought about this after seeing my dad’s neighbor next door outside last evening – wearing a house dress. All day outside working in the yard she wears shorts & a t-shirt, but at certain time of the day, off come the clothes, and on comes the house dress. So, I decided I would do a post, and seek out a house dress of my own, and then, while reading my step-mom’s Architectural Digest ran across an article which featured a beautiful house in Texas and the resident wearing a beautiful “house” outfit in the image above.
As you can tell, the woman in AD was wearing hers over a pair of black pants, and chic toe-ring sandals. How perfect.
I prefer this over the silk, nightie type house coats/short sleeve robes that buttoned up the front that my grandmothers used to wear. I remember my mother wearing something more “heavy”, less lingerie-y and more dress-y, but this was the 70’s, the time of bohemian styles, substantial patterns and long dresses. They always had some sort of sleeves, either long, wide sleeves, or short, kimono-style sleeves and my mother wore hers with sandals (usually Bass), looking so chic for hosting dinner parties, etc.
Ultimately, of course you can just wear a dress at home, which is what I do (usually it’s my Lanston boyfriend maxi dress), and a caftan is a great thing to thrift for, or find at a vintage shop (also Etsy has a zillion), but I did find some online that I love – the Riller & Fount one specifically – that I might consider investing in for future summer trips to Florida. And of course, the Emerson Fry caftan is the ULTIMATE – but I don’t think I’d be able to bring myself so much – although it always goes on sale towards the end of the summer…
My Qualifications for the perfect house dress:
Sleeves – 3/4 sleeve or “short” sleeve at least. When I’m inside, I’m cold. Period. I must have something covering my shoulders.
Long – so I can put my feet up or fold them underneath me and not worry about flashing anyone
Not completely sheer – so I don’t HAVE to wear much underneath…but can if I want to.
Nothing around the waist – I want a flowy, long, simple, easy-to-throw on dress. No frills
What do you think? Ready to bring back the House Dress? or do you enjoy them already?
Here are more I found that I love: