Have you heard of The Nap Dress?
In 2019 the company Hill House launched a collection of feminine cotton midi and maxi-length dresses with a gathered bodice and ruffled straps and called them Nap Dresses.
By mid-2020, influencers were romanticizing their stay-at-home orders and wearing them all over social media.
Initially, they were not my favorite.
I couldn’t imagine wearing something so frilly, mainly stuck at home in the chaos of early pandemic life.
But, like all good trends, a new version emerged with time, and the latest iteration has less fuss, leaving us with a simple, chic, easy-to-throw-on dress ideal for the dead of summer.
It’s a pack and go kinda dress you can take from day to night with a few easy swaps.
Outfit Formula #26: The Nap Dress
Let’s start with our key piece. I originally found this smocked maxi dress from beachlunchlounge, a fun and affordable brand, at Nordstrom for $60.
But thanks to one of our readers in the comments, this dress is available at Walmart for only $26. I’m sure Nordstrom isn’t thrilled about that, but it’s my job to show you the best price available.
Consider this an option on these really hot days, when you do not want anything touching your skin, or if you just don’t like shorts or their alternatives.
I like this style because it maintains the easy, breaziness of the original with a simpler strap and neutral print, rather than ruffles and florals.
And the “formula” for this couldn’t be easier.
Then when you’re ready for dinner, swap out your sneakers for these barely there white sandals, an expensive woven bag in white, and a special pair of earrings to elevate the look, above I’m using this much-loved pair by one of our favorite jewelry brands, Julie Vos.
That’s it, easy peasy.
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