As most going-out clothes have been rendered useless over the past year, day dresses have become at-home staples. The ease and polish that come with wearing a comfortable long dress are unmatched—throw one on and you’re instantly styled. Even if you’re more of a pants person, a midi or maxi is a welcome alternative that still feels put together. Whether you’ve returned to the office or continue to work from home, long daytime dresses have proven themselves to be essential.

While cozy knit dresses are welcome additions to winter wardrobes, spring 2021 collections from brands like Rodarte, Coach, and Batsheva proved that vintage-inspired, long, slim dress silhouettes are here to stay. There’s a certain allure to day dresses that is both dainty and no-nonsense all at once. With long hemlines, modest necklines, and puff sleeves (most often), these runway-inspired tea dresses are as utilitarian as they are pretty.

Pair a dress with any shoe of your liking for year-round wear, as boots, sneakers, and even sandals are all viable matches.

Zara dress with cutwork embroidery

LoveShackFancy Elspeth crochet-trimmed scalloped broderie anglaise cotton-voile shirt dress

Agua by Agua Bendita banana off-the-shoulder tiered floral-print cotton midi-dress

Tory Burch embroidered poplin dress

Reformation Hyland smocked floral-print linen midi-dress

Cinq À Sept Yanin stripe cotton dress

Lug Von Siga Sabrina belted crochet-trimmed floral-print crepe maxi dress

Sea Gabriela crochet vest & dress set

ByTimo floral broderie anglaise maxi dress

Mango gingham check cottoned dress

Sleeper Belle shirred linen midi-dress and scarf set

Dôen Nymphea ruffled floral-print cotton midi-dress

Mango tie-dye print dress

Le Sirenuse Positano Bella spring flowers-print cotton midi-dress

Zara dress with cutwork embroidery red

Alessandra Rich floral silk midi-dress

Hill House Home the Sabrina nap dress

H&M long lyocell-blend dress

Ulla Johnson Palma cotton midi-dress

Tove Etienne silk-crepon and pleated georgette maxidress

Batsheva crystal-button ruffled cotton-velvet dress

Erdem Opaline Ottman fil-coupé cotton-blend midi-dress