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.