Ask Belle: Five Shops for Casual Dresses
May 15, 2013
I follow you on Instagram and I’m wondering where you find the dresses you always wear on weekends?
I like to wear dresses on casual days because it allows me to dress nicely without overdressing. Just add a pair of flat shoes, some sunglasses, a good bag, one accessory/piece of jewelry and you’re done. Here are the places where I find most of my casual dresses:
Zara. A great place to find stylish dresses that you can wear for just one season, or longer if you wish. Right now, I’m embracing their 1970s, Pat Nixon in Palm Springs vibe. I love this printed shift and this long caftan.
Loft. If I’m going out-of-town to visit family or see friends, I pack four or five dresses and call the matter closed. One of my favorite places to shop for easy, breezy vacay dresses is Loft. This striped t-shirt dress is an instant staple, and this twisted tank dress could be accessorized for a relaxed dinner or used as a swimsuit cover-up. Oh, and the details on the bodice of this bright orange dress, super cute.
French Connection. If you want a dress that’s a little nicer, say for brunches or casual dinner dates, French Connection is the place to go. This printed scoopneck dress is so chic, and could work under a blazer for the office. And if you like stripes but want a more modern, interesting shape, this is the dress for you.
Uniqlo. Are you drawn to the look of Band of Outsiders or Rag & Bone or Opening Ceremony? Then Uniqlo should be right up your alley. Their dresses have clean lines, modern details and a vibe that’s lightly hipster, but without the acrid after taste of American Apparel.
The prices are phenomenal and even my structured/pretty aesthetic can find pieces to love. The shape on this dress is to die for, and this cotton short sleeve dress is voluminous and comfy. And this shirt dress would look great with a men’s leather belt and some woven sandals.
It takes awhile to build up a good selection of casual dresses, but most of mine come off the sale rack. Dress them up with accessories for going out, or just while them when you’re running errands. For me, they’re the perfect alternative to shorts.