Why the Babydoll Dress is a Timeless Summer Staple

Cecilie Bahnsen SS22. Photography courtesy of Imaxtree

And where you can shop for your own.

Jillian Morgan

Date August 9, 2022

Babydoll dresses are like Popsicles. Sure, you can get through summer without them, but it wouldn’t be as sweet.

Bouncy and delicate, there’s a reason the style has been around for decades. But it’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea. Originally, the term “babydoll dress” was used to refer to the mini women’s nightgown designed by Sylvia Pedlar in the 1940s. It was later popularized in the 1956 movie Baby Doll, and soon after, the lingerie was everywhere, often worn with bloomers. In the ‘90s, they went from dainty nighty to “kinderwhore” staple, worn by grunge girls like Courtney Love.

But in 2022, babydoll dresses are not just for housewives and rockstars. The silhouette has been modernized with a variety of styles on the market. The best part? It doesn’t matter whether you pair it with sneakers, heels or a chunky boot — the dress goes perfectly with just about any footwear, making it the perfect summer piece. Swipe through the gallery below to shop our favourite options.



Floral Print Cutout Babydoll Dress

($865, Zimmermann)


Simone Rocha

Puff Sleeve Tiered Tulle Babydoll Dress in Black

($1,345, Simone Rocha)



Purple Babydoll Mini Dress in Light Lilac

($425, Ganni)



Frequency Mini Dress in Lilac

($427, Aje)



The Milk Jade Mayfair Dress

($386, Selkie)