Way back I remember something about a “house dress”.
Maybe my mother wore one?
Apparently, the house dress came into being in the late 19th C as a comfortable dress for chores and make quick errands. It was feminine, practical and with an element of fashionability. The house dress might be exactly what we need to be wearing as we spend more and more time at home.
I am so over the look of me in the sweats – the colourful sweater and jeans are helping – but a dress would be very welcome. Casual, “house dresses” have never been a style I have worn other than on holidays as my way of life before lockdown was more formal.
I can’t see much difference between a casual dress and a house dress but I rather like the idea of dressing up to feel not only feminine and smart but also to be practical.
As our world re-balances it is inevitable we will look at fashion differently and alter our dressing habits. A rainbow of sweatshirts, a collection of hoodies and more sneakers than there are days in the week will be joined by comfortable and practical house dresses. Whatever will become of the tailored suit, my favourite? If elasticated waists are all I end up wearing no amount of walking, yoga and training will keep me steady.
Next, I’ll be carrying on about duster jackets ;) xv
What About A House Dress?
with these colourful beauties – why not?
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image, January jones as betty draper in mad men