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Casual Dresses: Tips to Pull Off Chic & Casual Attire

by Shanae Kidd on April 13, 2022

Hanging out with friends at a coffee shop or heading to the office on a Friday? Wearing a casual dress is a great option. You can feel relaxed and comfortable all day long. But while casual is the most straightforward dress code, it can still be complicated to get right. That’s especially true for dresses as too many options can overwhelm you.

Don’t fret, boo. Here are some tips to help you pull off a chic attire in a casual dress:

Pick a Style or Length

When it comes to creating a laidback look, certain dress styles work better than others. Here are some of the best options:

  • Mini dresses: Playful, comfy, and flirty short dresses are best for pulling off chic & casual attire. You can pair them with sneakers or layer them with a jacket, and you’re good to go. Go for a fitted silhouette to highlight your best assets.
  • Maxi dresses: Maxi dresses are long, with hemlines extending to the ankles. They’re flowy and comfortable to wear, especially during the summer season. Loose, wide silhouettes are popular, but you can still find maxi dresses in tight-fitting versions.
  • Asymmetrical dresses: These dresses break up the lines of the body, creating a fun or daring look perfect for a laidback day. The asymmetry could be an irregular neckline, a varied sleeve, a slanted hemline, or a high-low skirt pattern. 
  • Printed dresses: Wearing printed dresses is a good way to express your personality. Polka dots and floral prints are classics, but feel free to pick a dress with a print that speaks to you. It could have animal prints, geometric shapes, pop art, or graphic designs related to your hobbies or interests.
  • Shirt dresses: These dresses take inspiration from the classic tailored dress shirt. They can be long or short, with short or long sleeves, but their telltale features are a collar and a row of buttons on the front. The cut may be simple, so you may want to cinch a belt around your waist when wearing a shirt dress
  • Sweater dresses: These dresses are a perfect balance between comfort and chic, especially during winter or fall. Plus, it’s easy to wear a sweater dress. You can strut it with boots or sneakers. You can also pair it with a leather jacket or long cardigan.
  • Wear the Casual Dress Well

    After selecting the length or style that best suits you, the next thing you should do with a casual dress is to pair it with the right elements. Here are some suggestions that work well:

  • Pair a casual dress with sneakers.
  • Combining dresses with sneakers creates an ultimate chic look, especially if you do it right. With this styling, you can be fresh and comfortable all day long. If you’re unsure which sneaker to wear, go for white sneakers. They go well with practically everything, including striped or printed dresses. They’re also perfect for highlighting the legs if you choose a mini dress. 

  • Layer it with a jacket.
  • If you want to wear a casual dress in cold weather, layer it with a jacket. Leather jackets are your best bet as they are versatile. Their structured shape will help stylize your figure, and their more masculine look will help tone down a “girly” dress. Denim jackets are great for dressing down a more formal-looking dress. You’ll appear more chic and casual without losing the classy element of your elegant midi dress or patterned ankle-length dress. 

  • Size it right.
  • A laidback style is all about comfort, so be sure you’re wearing a dress in the right size. Short dresses are fun and cozy, but not if the hem is so short that you constantly pull it down. To avoid this, always try on the garment before buying them. If you already have casual dresses in your wardrobe that don’t fit quite right, consider taking them to a tailor. 

  • Find the right balance.
  • Regardless of the style, cut, or length of your dress, the key factor when creating a chic & casual look is to find the right balance between elegance and comfort. If the dress looks a bit formal, pair it with white sneakers and a sling bag. On the other hand, if the dress looks too laidback, you can dress it up with a jacket, belt, or scarf to create a more polished look. Also, don’t forget about your hair and makeup. Keep everything basic or natural for a casual look.

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    Ready to pull off a chic and casual look with a gorgeous midi or maxi dress? Check out our online shop now. You’ll likely find one or two pieces perfect for strutting a laidback style.