“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” ― Bill Cunningham 

Long a fixture in women’s closets since the Victorian era ended and corsets fell by the wayside, house dresses have had many incarnations over the decades. From long and loose “Mother Hubbard” dresses to the recognizable uniform of a 1950’s housewife, house dresses have been an indispensable garment to working women of all ages and backgrounds.  

2020 brought the boom of the work-from-home culture, and the desire to feel and look fashionable while doing so has ushered in a new area for the house dress. This week we look back at its history and share our modern and sustainable take on this wardrobe staple.  

“The House Dress is Here to Rescue 2020” 

Our Slip Dress 

“Pop-over Dress” from Claire McCardell 

Our Caftan Dress 

Nelly Don Dresses 

Montgomery Ward Catalog, 1942 

Our Caftan Tunic 

Swirl Dresses 

Our Waffle Caftan  

@Alabama Chanin  

Our Watercolor designs are available for a limited time longer as we prepare for a fall collection update. Explore the Collection for a last chance of our specialty, hand-painted Watercolor fabric. 

@The School of Making  

Thank you to everyone who shopped our In-Stock Inventory Sale. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and offerings from The School of Making and Alabama Chanin be sure to join our mailing list.   

@The Factory  

Due to COVID-19, The Factory is open by appointment only. Guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their appointments and we have masks available if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm.   

Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with our sales team.   

Catherine Counts
+1.256.760.1090 x 114  

Carlisle Sandy
+1.256.760.1090 x 105  

Contact us to learn more about local same-day delivery on select pieces, or with any other questions.  

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