50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

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Every time summer comes around, I have a strict rule where I refuse to wear pants with a zipper or button until Labor Day arrives. (OK, I’m exaggerating just a little). When the temps are over 80, the last thing I want is my legs to be restricted, so I end up solely relying on casual summer dresses from May through September. 

A casual summer dress will always be there for you on those days where you might think you “literally have nothing to wear,” and you already know it’s going to look cute with those mesh ballet flats you picked up recently. I like to wear casual summer dresses around the house, working from home, running errands, or to any social event the summertime comes with. They’re the one-and-done outfit that’s the gift that keeps giving all season long.

If you’re in the market to add more dresses to your wardrobe this season, look no further. We rounded up the 50 best casual summer dresses you can throw on and call it a day below.

In this article 1 Sheath/Shift Dresses 2 Shirt Dresses 3 T-Shirt Dresses 4 Maxi Dresses 5 Smocked Dresses 6 Babydoll Dresses 7 Denim Dresses 8 Workout Dresses

Sheath/Shift Dresses

Shift dresses never really go out of style, but they’re always reimagined in different ways (hello, quiet luxury!). We’re currently partial to the timelessness of a linen shift dress.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

J.Crew Scoopneck Shift Dress

3 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Madewell A-Line Mini Dress

3 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch High-Neck Mini Dress

6 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Open-Back Mini Dress

4 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Sleeveless Mini Dress

6 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Eloquii Square Neck Mini Dress

3 colors available

Shirt Dresses

We’re calling it now: Collared shirt dresses are going to be an it-dress this summer. They look good on everyone, go with every possible shoe, and can be dressed up or down if you need them to be.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Short-Sleeve Mini Dress

4 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Madewell Button-Front Mini Shirtdress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Tuckernuck Shirt Dress

12 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Relaxed Shirt Dress

2 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Quince Button-Front Midi Shirtdress

11 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Everlane Linen Shirt Dress

5 colors available

T-Shirt Dresses

T-shirt dresses are perfect to practically live in in the summer. I like to style my T-shirt dresses with a platform sandal and lots of chunky accessories to give the simple dress some dimension with items I already have in my closet.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Athleta Tee Dress

4 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Free People Mini Tee Dress

13 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Crew-Neck T-Shirt Dress

6 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Quince Cotton T-Shirt Dress

2 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Stretch Tee Mini Dress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Arula Puff Sleeve Dress

3 colors available

Maxi Dresses

Is it just me, or every time you throw on a maxi dress do you feel a little too formal? One goal I have for this summer is to wear more maxi dresses, and these ones are casual enough to wear and not feel as if I’m wearing a Bridgerton-esque ball gown. They pair well with sneakers, sandals, and can certainly be dressed up with heels if needed.

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50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Madewell Drop-Waist Tank Dress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Eloquii Tiered Maxi Dress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Square-Neck Maxi Dress

3 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Eloquii Ruffled Maxi Dress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Rib-Knit Maxi Dress

5 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Tiered Maxi Dress

4 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Everlane Racer Tank Dress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Everlane Eyelet Maxi Dress

2 colors available

Smocked Dresses

Hill House’s Nap Dress went viral a few years ago, and we’re still riding the high of smocked dresses in 2024. Smocked dresses typically have a ruching or bunching at the torso, making for a comfortable, flattering fit. Whether you wear this look in a maxi or mini length, you can be sure that you’ll be stylish and comfortable all day long.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Eloquii Textured Flare Dress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Reformation Linen Dress

4 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Anthropologie Smocked Mini Dress

5 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Free People Floral Maxi Sundress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Everlane Gauze Smock Dress

2 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Eloquii Flare Mini Dress

2 colors available

Babydoll Dresses

Babydoll dresses are an easy dress to have in your closet to rely on when you don’t want to worry about picking out an outfit. They’re perfect to grab as a cover-up for the pool, or pair with sneakers or sandals while you’re running errands.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Linen-Blend Skort Dress

7 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Free People Laced Babydoll Dress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Free People Embroidered Mini Dress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Arula Eyelet Mini Dress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Arula Floral Mini Dress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Anthropologie Babydoll Mini Dress

5 colors available, Plus-size options available

Denim Dresses

With the wave of the Western trend, we’re all about denim dressing lately. And of course, that’s going to include denim dresses. Think about it: Jeans already go with everything, so obviously a denim dress is going to as well. They’re casual, cute, and sure as hell pair well with your cowboy boots.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Madewell Denim Sleeveless Mini Dress

2 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Denim Vest Mini Dress

3 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Denim Mini Dress

2 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Good American Collared Mini Dress

Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Levi’s Western Dress

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

asos Denim Shirt Dress

2 colors available

Workout Dresses

Let’s be honest here: Are we actually wearing these activewear dresses to workout? When a dress is made of the same material as my leggings and comes with an inner lining so I don’t have to worry about accidentally flashing anyone, of course I’m going to want multiple. If there’s any one-and-done dress, it’s an activewear dress. Plus, they look super cute with athletic shoes and crew socks.

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch High-Neck Mini Dress

8 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Aerie Skater Dress

4 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Popflex Superdress with Slit

11 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Abercrombie & Fitch Traveler Mini Dress

12 colors available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Athletic Dress

8 colors available, Plus-size options available

50 Casual Dresses You Can Throw on and Call It a Day

Old Navy Half-Zip Athletic Dress

3 colors available, Plus-size options available

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