The Best, Non-Basic T-Shirt Dresses For Women, According To Moms

16 Wear-Everywhere T-Shirt Dresses That You’ll Live In This Summer— Even At Home

July 23, 2020 Updated May 11, 2021

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As you actively seek out ways to stay cool, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re dressing the part with a cute t-shirt dress. (Translation: not clingy, hella comfy, and extremely versatile.) Going hand-in-hand with that flattering one-piece swimsuit that you just scored a few weeks ago—and those ’90s-approved bike shorts that you almost talked yourself out of buying—an elevated t-shirt dress is about to become your new summer uniform. Ultimately, the fit should be so nonchalantly effortless that it looks like you’re not even trying (because…you’re not). When the compliments roll in from other moms, your automatic response will be “Oh, just tossed this thing on.”  

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Wear it as a cover-up, throw it on for a farmer’s market run, or take a hammock nap in it (squeeze in those precious Zzzs when you can). In case you can’t tell, functionality and spontaneity are big factors here. Best coupled with a bucket hat, sandals, and a denim jacket when it gets chilly at night (or the A/C is on blast!), a wear-everywhere t-shirt dress won’t steer you wrong. With styling inspo from fellow mom bloggers like Amber Fillerup Clark blessing our IG feeds, the FOMO is getting real.

 

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Coming up are 14 of the best t-shirt dresses that you can buy now and wear all summer long (and fall, and next Spring, you get it). Whether you’re on the hunt for the quintessential black or white t-shirt dress, something striped, or even tie-dye, we’ve got all your style bases covered.

Best T-Shirt Dresses for Women

Daily Ritual Jersey Short-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt Dress

Don’t you love it when you snag an article of clothing that makes you look and feel like a HMIC (Head Mom in Charge)? Move over Everlane, this boxy crewneck t-shirt dress from the Amazon brand Daily Ritual ticks all the boxes. Made from a luxe drapey jersey material, it’s designed to be suuuper relaxed and effortless. It also comes in 12 colorways including a navy/white stripe situation that you won’t want to miss. We also love the mom-friendly length—it falls just above the knees so you’ll never feel overexposed at the playground. 

Raves one Amazon customer, “I really love this housedress/nightgown/dress! It’s perfect for spring/summer and very versatile. I’m using it as a house dress because it does have a really large T-shirt look and feel. The fabric is awesome!!! So soft and light, but can be worn in public without fear of it being see through.” She adds, “It’s super comfy and perfect for just wearing around the house when you want to lounge. It’s also nice to be able to go outside to take the dog out and not worry about the neighbors.” We’re here for it!

$19.90 AT AMAZON



Old Navy Linen-Blend Maxi T-Shirt Shift Dress

When in doubt, we can always count on Old Navy to save the day with wallet-friendly  fashion finds. Get in the fast lane with an off-duty t-shirt dress that you can wear while watching the kids or taking the dog out—you know, something that you can spill ice cream all over without having a mini panic attack.  The fitted midi design also makes it comfy enough to sleep in. Take your pick from cool hues like taupe and mauve for a hit of summer nostalgia.

$39.99 AT OLD NAVY

Lilla P Ruffle-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt Dress

Part of adulting is knowing when to splurge for a good fashion investment piece. At this point, you’ve already got all your inexpensive basics covered (been there, done that). What you really need is a high-quality t-shirt dress that won’t fade or fall apart after one too many spins in the washer/dryer. Get ready to fall in la-la-love with this pocket dress from Lilla P that’s nothing short of perfection. From the game-changing ruffle detail to the subtle side slits, this exceptional midi is guaranteed to get you compliments from the kids. It’s available in three colors (deep blue, cherry, or black) so you’ve got options! Team it with white low-top trainers or flip flops for a fuss-free #OOTD. Made from 50% pima cotton, 50% modal, the quality is ah-mazing and the material is oh-so-comfy. And yes, while you may be #alldressedupwithnowheretogo, it sure does feel good to put on some real clothes.

$138 AT LILLA P

Kule The Tee T-Shirt Dress

Calling all Breton stripe enthusiasts! If you’re the type of mama who has a closet full of stripes (and nothing else), then this preppy tee dress from Kule will be beckoning. With a straight boxy cut, this short sleeve style is fitted in all the right places. From a brand that takes their stripes pretty seriously, what more could you ask for? The classic white/true blue/poppy colorway will transport you to the Hamptons—you won’t even have to leave your back porch to channel sunshine and salty sea air. Do less by tying a chambray shirt around your waist and accessorizing with a mom-approved baseball cap. Alternatively, you can style this pièce de résistance straight into fall by adding a cute ascot scarf, ballet flats, and a trench coat for a bit of French girl flair. Et voilà!

$128 AT KULE



AUSELILY Women's Sleeveless Swing T-Shirt Dress With Pockets

Easy on, easy off, this sleeveless swing t-shirt dress will come in clutch during the next heat wave. The flowy silo features a high neck that can transition from a.m. to p.m. It’s perfect for hanging by the kiddie pool (just add Birkies) or dining al fresco with the hubs on a Saturday night. We’re partial to the vacay-worthy palm frond pattern, but it also comes in over 20 other prints and solids.

With 3,500+ ratings, the consensus is that you need this dress. Psssst: It even has pockets (’nuff said). Simply put, “Great purchase for the price. Just what I was looking for! Comfy summer dress for any occasion. Being a momma- I’m always looking for things just like this- you can dress it up or down- and it has pockets!! Can’t get much better.” Another customer adds, “I already own 2 colors of this style and like it for the beautiful colors, the comfort, and the pockets. I am a teacher, so simple and inexpensive clothing that looks nice is a plus for school. I can wear the dress with bike shorts underneath or wear it with capri pants or leggings.”

$24.99 AT AMAZON

VERO MODA Jenny Asymmetrical Ruched T-Shirt Dress

This asymmetrical t-shirt dress is perfect for everything! Going to dinner? Wear this dress with heels. Running errands? Wear this dress with sneakers. Going on vacation? Wear this dress and throw on a sun hat and sandals!

$39 AT NORDSTROM

Bobeau Smocked Waist Dress

This lightweight dress is just the airy frock you need for a hot summer day. It has a super soft knit with a smocked waist for a bit more  structure than your typical t-shirt dress while still having a casual feel. Wear it with sandals or sneakers for errands or add a belt and wedges to dress it up — it’s a great staple piece for sticky weather. Available in 5 colors.

$54 AT NORDSTROM



White T-Shirt Dresses

MOLERANI Women's Summer Casual T-Shirt Dress

Behold, the t-shirt dress that you’ll be living in through the remainder of summer. With over 14,000 ratings on Amazon, this white t-shirt dress (also available in a slew of everyday neutrals and prints) is damn near holy grail status. Again, we can’t stress the 24/7 appeal enough. The material is lightweight enough to keep you cool, but not so lightweight that you have to worry about having a Marilyn Monroe moment. Phew. It even has pockets for extra snacks! According to this Amazon customer, it’s a dress for all seasons. “A year later, and I still LOVE this dress! I mostly use it as a swim coverup, but have worn it out as well. Can be worn with sandals, flip-flops, heels, sneakers, probably even Chelsea boots! Soft cotton, but can be dressed up with belt and cardi if you want.” Buyer beware: Be fully prepared to add not just one of these t-shirt dresses to your cart but *multiple*—and in every color.

$28.99 AT AMAZON

Express Tie Front T-Shirt Dress

Want a t-shirt dress with a twist? This Express dress quite literally has just that with it’s tie-front. You’ve got the choice between this chic white, as well as bright spring colors such as coral, light pink, and heather grey.

“I love this dress!!!” raved one reviewer. “It’s nice and thick and it has a liner underneath…This is the perfect t shirt dress because it ties in the middle but you still get the t shirt dress vibe.”

$70 AT EXPRESS

Best T-Shirt Maxi Dresses

Daily Ritual Lived-in Cotton Short-Sleeve Maxi Dress

Weeeee… it’s the weekend. When it comes to elevated wardrobe staples that can be styled a bajillion ways (including but not limited to the weekend), look no further. Skip the outfit indecision by opting for a one-and-done maxi t-shirt dress that requires ZERO effort. Seriously, toss this wardrobe workhorse on with free-wheelin’ slides or sneakers for an A+ in effortlessness. Stuck inside with a hubby who likes to turn your home into an arctic tundra? Just add an oversized knit cardigan for extra warmth. Breathable side slits and a ton of colors to choose from (the moss green gets our vote) make this purchase a no-brainer. 

Says one fashionista, “It’s rare for me to write a review but I can’t get enough of this dress! I originally saw one of the bloggers I follow wearing it and have since bought 4 different colors. I have been living in this dress! If you’re looking for a stylish, simple and comfy dress….I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Can’t recommend this dress enough.”

$27 AT AMAZON



MakeMeChic Women's Boho Casual Maxi

For the boho-fabulous mama who doesn’t like to compromise fit, we present you with the world’s most comfortable t-shirt maxi dress. No joke—there’s a good chance you’ll never want to take this bad boy off. Dress it up with a bolo necklace and fedora for a free-spirited vibe or toss it over a swimsuit for a chic cover-up. And yes, tie-dye is still going strong. 😉 With two side slits and a simple v-neck, versatility reigns supreme.  

Says one fashion guru, “I love this dress. I can’t say enough good things about it… It’s super soft and flowy. Great for days when I want to look cute, but I have 0 time to put any effort into picking out an outfit or I don’t feel like wearing pants.” Another hyperenthusiastic customer shares, “I absolutely love this dress! I am very self conscious about my mid section, so I prefer loose fitting clothes and this was perfect. It’s loose fitting on the mid section (not too baggy), but hugs perfectly everywhere else. I also have to mention how freaking comfortable it is! Extremely soft and flattering. I will definitely be buying more.”

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Daily Ritual Scoop-Neck Empire-Waist Maxi Dress

The color of the year is this rustic caramel, terracotta hue — so it’s safe to say you need a comfy dress in that exact color. It’s super lightweight too making it the perfect summer dress.

“So, so flattering!” said one reviewer. “This dress is so beautiful on and very slimming. I am 5’4″ and 130lb and ordered a size Medium and it is a perfect fit. I love it – lightweight, comfortable, I’m going to order other colors as well.”

$26.45 AT AMAZON

Everlane The Long Weekend Tank Dress

Everlane is known for their cute and comfy clothing, so of course we had to add their Long Weekend Tank Dress to the list. It’s made from 100% cotton and will easily become your go-to when in need of a quick, cute outfit. This tank dress comes in three other colors too! Might as well get a few, right?

$45 AT EVERLANE



Free People Carissa Tee Dress

This t-shirt maxi dress from Free People has a loose fit and adorable frilly details on the waistband. You can wear it to brunch with the girls or to a park picnic with the family.

$98 AT FREE PEOPLE

T-Shirt Dresses With Pockets

Banana Republic T-Shirt Dress

S’cute! It’s not often that we lose our sh*t over everyday basics, but this tee dress is definitely the exception. We’re low-key OBSESSED with the pocket detail. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?!? Available in four colors, the hardest part will be picking just one. Rock the black and white striped colorway for an outing at your favorite Tex-Mex spot (careful with the salsa!), the gray stripes for a future vacay or stroll on the boardwalk (sunhat in tow, of course), and the olive green for a picnic in the park with the fam. Take the struggle out of getting dressed in the a.m. with something comfy, cute, and casual to get you pumped for the day ahead.

$24.99 AT BANANA REPUBLIC

Simier Fariry Womens Adjustable Waist Line Midi Dress

I don’t think we’ll ever stop saying it… we love dresses with pockets! This one in particular also has an adjustable waist to make sure the fit is perfect. If you’re not into pink floral, dont worry — they’ve got 20+ patterns and solid colors to choose from.

$39.99 AT AMAZON



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Kule The Tee T-Shirt Dress
$128
Daily Ritual Lived-in Cotton Short-Sleev...
$27
MOLERANI Women's Summer Casual T-Shirt D...
$28.99
Banana Republic T-Shirt Dress
$24.99
MakeMeChic Women's Boho Casual Maxi
$29.99
Lilla P Ruffle-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt Dre...
$138
Old Navy Linen-Blend Maxi T-Shirt Shift ...
$39.99
AUSELILY Women's Sleeveless Swing T-Shir...
$24.99
Daily Ritual Jersey Short-Sleeve Crewnec...
$19.90
Daily Ritual Scoop-Neck Empire-Waist Max...
$26.45
Express Tie Front T-Shirt Dress
$70
Free People Carissa Tee Dress
$98
Simier Fariry Womens Adjustable Waist Li...
$39.99
VERO MODA Jenny Asymmetrical Ruched T-Sh...
$39
Bobeau Smocked Waist Dress
$54
Everlane The Long Weekend Tank Dress
$45