If you told us a year ago that house dresses would become part of our day to day wardrobe, we’d probably laugh. But it’s 2020 and it’s a year of so many firsts. Most of us are spending more time at home than ever before. Our houses are no longer a place of personal space and relaxation—they’ve also become office spaces, home schools, and makeshift bars for Zoom happy hours. So when it comes to getting dressed to not leave home, we want to feel comfortable, but not so comfortable that all we want to do is lay on the couch with our Netflix queue. Plus, we want to look pulled together for all those video calls. So after lots of trial and tribulations over the course of the last 6 months, we’ve settled on the house dress as our attire of choice. The perfect happy medium. House dresses are flowy and billowing. They’re soft and non-restrictive. And they’re polished. House dresses make you look and feel like you’ve put the effort in (which, come on, if you’re changing out of your PJ’s, you have) and also like you have things all together, which is so, so important… and because you do!
Because it’s likely you haven’t acquired a full house dress wardrobe quite yet, it’s important to know how to clean the ones you do have. By no means do you need to go to the dry cleaner, even if the dress is tagged “dry clean only,” and even if it’s made of silk. Yes. Really. Ahead, easy washing and refreshing moves every house dress-owner needs.