We had a very mild spring in the northeast. I think I was wearing a scarf and cardigan a week ago. Therefore, when the mercury shot up this past weekend, I felt physically unprepared for it. I don’t like heat and will make a beeline to the first air conditioned room I can find when it is hot outside. Of course, not being outside for the duration of the summer is not a reality unless I want a serious case of vitamin D deficiency and no social life whatsoever. This is why I enjoy having a few casual summer dresses on hand. I can keep cool without looking like a complete slob or sacrificing my style. Plus, I like that I can dress them up and dress them down.
If you’re looking to casual summer dresses to be your hot weather solution as well, check out these three looks that will keep you cool and looking stylish. And don’t forget to check out the additional styles at the end of the post.
Casual Summer Dresses for Doing Casual Summer Things
I liked the boldness of this black and white printed dress from Boden and the fact that it is a shift dress, which means it’s not confining and totally comfortable. With a bright punch of orangey red in the details, I accessorized with these bright espadrilles from Franco Sarto. I used this large black straw tote from Ann Taylor and finished the look with these agate earrings. Earrings can be very easy to wear when it is hot outside versus lots of bracelets or necklaces.
For those of you who prefer a little arm coverage, I chose this printed dress from Tory Burch that has a slight cap sleeve. Personally, if it is hot, my old and untoned arms can just flap away in the wind, it’s too darn hot. But if this is important to you, there are summer dresses that will offer you some coverage. Of course, you can try these arm covering ideas, as well.
Working with the colors of the print, I added this bright pink crossbody bag from Coach, semiprecious stone earrings from Argento Vivo, and finished the outfit off with a pair of classic Dr. Scholl’s exercise sandals in ombre. Is it just me or has everyone been seeing these shoes making a comeback?
Didn’t shave your legs? Don’t have much of tan? Hate the look of your legs? Well, thank God for the maxi dress, right? Even if you are toned, tanned and shaven, maxis can still be great casual summer dresses for their ease as you can definitely get more movement. In the outfit above, I used this grey striped dress from J. Crew and finished it more subtly with comfortable flat sandals from Birkenstock, grey tote from Herschel Supply Co., and layered necklace from Banana Republic.
Whatever casual things you have going on this summer, I am certain you will find casual summer dresses to wear that will keep you cool and active.
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Still looking? Check out these additional styles.