Yesterday, I posted a letter from the Ask Belle mailbag. However, in the pre-August Recess frenzy, I failed to notice that B had requested casual dresses for every day not work dresses. This was a massive comprehension error on my part (I swear I had a 36 ACT in Reading) that I now intend to rectify by posting four Summer dresses that are perfect for casual wear.
The concept of the everyday dress means different things to different people. I like a dress that looks more polished and expensive than it really is. Take a dress like that, pair it with a metallic sandal and a cool pair of shades and no matter how high the mercury rises, you’re chic and casual.
The tank dress is a classic. It’s the dress you grab when you need to get dressed right now because you’re running late for brunch/the movies/etc.
The ruching on this dress will cover a myriad of figure flaws. The jersey will keep you cool. And the bright color is fun and exciting, exactly what a Summer dress should be.
A jersey maxi is a fashion staple, but it can be a bit stifling in the D.C. heat. Thus, I prefer something in a cotton voile. This printed maxi can be belted with a cool braided or linen belt, or worn free flowing if you prefer a boho chic look.
This dress has everything that I’m looking for in a Summer frock: cap sleeves, flowy skirt, bright color. It I want to jazz it up, I’ll add a belt, a necklace or some Lucite bangles. It would look great with neutral sandals or metallic flats, and it’s nice enough to wear to work during August Recess.
It’s paisley printed, so I should hate this dress, but I love it. It’s perfect for warm weather brunches, coffee dates, and church. The bright color and fun print make it very summery, but you can tone it down with a short-sleeve cardigan or jazz it up with a long necklace.
If you haven’t noticed, I like to wear a wide variety of dresses and be a bit more dressed up than most people on the street. I’d wear any of this dresses to a Summer event or to run errands in my neighborhood on a lazy Sunday. Like I said, I prefer to be dressed up.