Hello Beauty + Function: 7 Reasons to Check Out Dwell and Slumber's Modern House Dress

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If you have ever watched a movie from the 1950s, you may have seen women at home wearing what was then called the “house dress.” It may have been functional, but it certainly wasn’t fashionable. Fast-forward about sixty years and you'll find that the house dress has come a long way on style—and comfort.

I’ve known about Dwell and Slumber for a while before finally getting to test out one of its fast-selling “modern house dresses” (many thanks for the sample, D+S!). I kept asking, “Is it a dress you wear out of the house, or is it a night gown?” I followed D+S Instagram and checked out all their photos. I discovered that these dresses can be worn on a date, to church, around town, or on play dates. Women also wear them in the hospital after giving birth, or in newborn and maternity photo shoots. At least on social media, all these women looked stunning in their Dwell and Slumber dresses. I had to investigate for myself, and here’s what I found:

1. Be ready and waiting when new dresses are stocked.

You must look for D+S emails or watch its social media pages to see when the shop restocks the goods. If the shop opens at 7:00 p.m., you better be on the site at 6:55 p.m., refreshing the screen like crazy. If you get on at 7:05 p.m., like I did once, you might miss the color and style you’ve been dreaming about!

2. One size truly does fit all.

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They are one-size-fits-all. Yes, you read that right. Whether you’re 5'3" or 5'10", these dresses will fit you. They’ve been carefully designed to fall just the right way to work for all sizes.

3. They have pockets.

Any dress with pockets is a win in my book.

4. There are multiple ways to wear D+S dresses.

You can leave the dress as is and flowing, or tie a knot in the side or make a reverse knot. It’s fun to be able to change the look of the dress for different occasions.

5. The jersey knit is incredibly soft.

Ever wish you could wrap yourself up in one of those silky baby blankets? Well now you can—and look really good at the same time! Also, the material isn’t see-through, so no slip is required.

6. There are two styles.

Dwell and Slumber offers two styles: the Classic caftan and the Cocoon caftan. The classic is a bit more flowing with button-snap closure at the top. The cocoon is more slim-fitting with a zipper closure top.

7. They are "bump" and nursing friendly.

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All I can say about this feature is “Hallelujah!” Where was this dress when I was pregnant and breast feeding?

If you miss out on the next restock of beautiful Dwell and Slumber dresses, there are Buy/Sell/Trade (B/S/T) groups on Facebook. B/S/T groups are where fans of the same item come together to help each other out. You can post your ISO (“in search of”) items and list your own EUC (“excellent used condition”) items. The D+S B/S/T Facebook group applies strict rules, and you’d better be ready to fork over the cash if you claim a dress. Failure to do so may get you kicked out of the group.

If you manage to purchase a Dwell and Slumber dress, it will likely be one of the most versatile dresses you ever own. I wore mine to church with a knot tied in the side and sandals. I also wore it just flowing, with some booties, out to dinner at a nice restaurant. And yes, I have fallen asleep in it, because it’s just so comfortable. Thankfully, the house dress is back in style—in all the right ways.

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