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Comfortable Dusters, Housecoats And Housedresses For Mom

Updated on April 29, 2016
1950s Style
1950s Style

Just What Are Dusters, Housecoats and Housedresses

Dusters, housecoats and housedresses are informal garments that are comfortable and loose fitting. They are usually just worn at home and were a popular item of clothing in the 1940s and 1950s.

Dusters and housecoats were the go to item of clothing for women as they started their day, making breakfast, getting their children off to school and other morning chores and activities.

They differ from bathrobes as they are more like a dress and aren't as long as some bathrobes or have belts, plus they are not made from terry cloth or other absorbent material.

I don't wear dusters or housecoats myself but my mom was a big fan of them. When she would change into her regular clothes I knew she was ready for the rest of her day, be it a neighbor stopping by or taking care of errands.

Still a popular apparel item today for women with an increase in sales during Christmas time and Mother's Day plus they are not that expensive and easy on the budget..

Dusters and housecoats make great gifts for moms and grandmothers.

Women also appreciate these comfortable garments when they are ill, in a hospital or nursing home. Dusters and housecoats offer a lot more comfort and coverage than a hospital gown.

I have given a few of these to friends who have been in the hospital and they were quite happy to have something nice to put on.

Housecoats and dusters come in a variety of bright colors with many different design patterns.

From floral, checkered, striped and other designs. The materials used are either multi-blend cottons, flannel and even velour.

The features of these garments are roomy pockets which are a must for busy moms, a zipper, button or snap front closure, and sleeves that are either short, three quarters or long in length.


Housedresses are a little different from house coats as they are pullover style dresses that don't have any type of front or back closures such as zippers, buttons or snaps. They don't always have pockets.

Very comfortable and easy to care for. They can be washed and dries in a short time and most do not need any ironing if taken out of the dryer right away. These garments are a favorite of women for their simplicity and no fuss style.

Patio Dresses

Another term for a housedress in the area where I live is the Patio Dress. When I worked in retail, this popular dress was a big seller for Mothers Day, Christmas and birthday gifts.

This comfortable dress comes in many colors with different patterns. Denim being a favorite of many ladies as they even wear them when they are out shopping or while running errands.

Any one of these clothing items would be a welcoming gift for any lady that enjoys the comfort of wearing a housecoat, housedress, duster of patio dress.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      This hub brings back memories of my mother who wore all of these dusters and house dresses. She never wore a pair of pants in her life. She has been with God since 1993, but memories of her so still so alive and these pictures were so meaningful to me. Thanks for this hub.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      My mom used to wear these around the home to clean and to relax. I now can see why she loved them so much. I think they would be comfortable. My usual attire around the home is shorts and T's but I could easily wear one of these housecoats. Thanks for the nice post.

    • Tracy Lynn Conway profile image

      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      I only think of my Grandmother and the many different house coats that she wore. I would never have thought that they would arrive back in popularity. I can't see ever wearing one myself.

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I can still remember my mom's house coats. They are really coming back in style. My niece and nephew bought me one for my birthday and I wear it all the time as I work from home. Thanks for the great information:)


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