summer casual dresses

What are the best Summer Casual Dresses? Our team has researched and reviewed these cotton summer dresses and casual summer dresses 2020 products to help you come up with a better decision. We’ve also put up a beach casual dresses shopping guide with the features you can consider when buying midi casual summer dresses.

Summer Casual Dresses

Best summer dresses in 2020

Experts we consulted about summer dresses noted various trends that included tie-dye dresses, neon summer dresses, puff sleeves dresses, denim and crochet options — and options especially comfortable for wearing at home.

Tie-dye summer dresses

From this time last year, Poshmark saw a 75-percent increase in orders and listings of women’s tie-dye apparel. From a splash of bright colors that brighten moods to relaxing pastel hues, summer dresses are all about the tie-dye print this summer.

1. White Mark Women’s Dye Maxi Dress

Keep cool in this sleeveless maxi dress that comes in three tie-dye options— green and white, orange and blue and red and pink. With a flutter neck detail, this comfortable dress can be dressed up for a party or dressed down for work.

White Mark Women’s Dye Maxi Dress$46.00MACY’S$67.00KOHL’S$25.40AMAZON

2. Jinaki Afefe Kaftan

Soak up the warm weather in this hand-dyed turquoise kaftan that can be worn as a dress or layered when it gets chillier. The lightweight piece is one size fits most — leaving you feeling breezy and making a statement. Taraji P. HensonAmanda Seales and Teedra Moses have all sported designs from the Black female-owned brand.

Jinaki Afefe Kaftan$225.00JINAKI

3. Karen Kane Tie Dye Handkerchief Hem Dress

Whether you have a weekend filled with errands or a busy day at work, this fluid jersey dress is an easy option to keep you cool during the blistering summer weather. Throw on your favorite summer sandals or go-to sneakers, classic Ray-Ban aviators and match your breezy dress to your face mask.

Karen Kane Tie Dye Handkerchief Hem Dress$139.00NORDSTROM$139.00BLOOMINGDALES$117.25AMAZON

4. Asos Satin Mini Smock Dress

If the last time you wore tie-dye was when you went to summer camp, then consider this stylish-yet-classic green and grey dress from Asos. The relaxed-fit dress features a trapeze cut and tie-keyhole neckline that creates a slouchy-meets-sophisticated look.

Asos Satin Mini Smock Dress$35.80$56.00ASOS



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Neon summer dresses

Sukey says she’s been seeing a desire for “optimism, head-to-toe” be reflected in major pops of color. People aren’t shying away from dresses that make a statement, and instead are rocking styles dripping in bold colors for an added boost of happiness, wherever they can get it.

5. Romwe Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Make summer memories in this short tank dress with a round neckline and flirty ruffle detail at the sleeves. The loose A-line fit is both cool and comfortable while the seven vibrant color options make it pop. The mini dress is appropriate enough to rock during work video calls or to a virtual dinner party with your family, yet fun and stylish.

Romwe Ruffle Sleeve Dress$51.99EBAY$25.99AMAZON

6. Eloquii Dolman Sleeve Maxi Dress (limited availability)

Rock sunshine with every step in Eloquii’s marigold and white floral-print maxi dress. From the wide ruffle hem and jewel neckline to the fluttery dolman sleeves and elastic waistband, this cotton dress is flattering and should bring you joy with its fun print.

Eloquii Dolman Sleeve Maxi Dress$65.96$109.95NORDSTROM



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Summer dresses with puff sleeves

Mini dresses with puff sleeves in eye-catching prints and colors are dominating summer 2020, according to Wang. “They’re a little whimsical, a little 80s and a little extra, making them the perfect pick-me-up on a day when you need a bit of optimism,” she says.

7. C/Meo Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Step up the drama with this stand-out floral mini dress. The elbow-length puff sleeves and sweetheart neckline give this draped dress a bold silhouette.

C/Meo Puff Sleeve Mini Dress$115.53AMAZON

8. Asos Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Dress

This mini dress is all about the playful polka dots. A square neckline balances out the sweet puff sleeves while simple tie back detail finishes the bubbly look.

Asos Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Dress$56.00ASOS



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Crochet dresses

As people strive for comfort, one trend they’re embracing is crochet dresses. Not only does this style allow them to play around with bright color palettes or stick to a monochromatic look, but it also can feel akin to loungewear.

9. Tobi Crochet Bodycon Dress

Bright crochet patchwork details pop all over this form-fitting bodycon dress. The colorful squares pop against the white borders and give this dress a festive feel.

Tobi Crochet Bodycon Dress$74.00$148.00TOBI

10. Asos Crochet Lace Midi Dress

Fall in love with both the color and texture that the crochet detail gives this party dress. Worthy of any summer celebration, this on-trend style features an overlay for an illusion midi hemline.

Asos Crochet Lace Midi Dress$13.60$60.00ASOS

11. Milly Floral Crochet Dress

Milly’s crochet cocktail dress is an elevated look for a night out. The sophisticated cap-sleeve dress exudes sophistication with scalloped crochet knit flowers, keyhole back and banded waist details that accentuates the body.

Milly Floral Crochet Dress$193.00$394.00NEIMAN MARCUS$211.20$395.00ZAPPOS$258.50$395.00MILLY

12. Carmen Marc Valvo Sleeveless Crochet Dress (limited availability)

A white loose crochet overlay sits atop a contrast lining, giving this sleeveless dress a flirty vibe. This sheath dress with boat neckline can be dressed down with a denim jacket or dressed up with strappy heels or chunky wedges.

Carmen Marc Valvo Sleeveless Crochet Dress$15.00$39.99TJ MAXX



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Denim summer dresses

As many have traded in their jeans for sweatpants, denim has found a new home this season in dresses. From a dark wash take on the traditional wrap dress to denim shirt dresses that feature ruffles and dramatic sleeves, these stylish looks can be worn well into the fall, making them a lasting investment.

13. Asos Denim Shirt Dress

If you automatically associate denim dresses with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards then you’re not alone. Fortunately for you, Asos put a modern spin on this mid-wash denim dress combines two hot summer dress styles: denim and puff sleeves. Plus, it has pockets — what more could you want in a chic look?

Asos Denim Shirt Dress$56.00ASOS

14. Draper James Chambray Faux Wrap Dress

From the sweet ruffles at the hem to the flattering wrap silhouette, this cotton dress is timeless. The flutter sleeves add a playful touch for a polished-yet-casual summer staple.

Draper James Chambray Faux Wrap Dress$125.00DRAPER JAMES

15. White House Black Market Denim Dress

This faux-wrap stand out gives the denim dress trend a more elevated feel for a special event. The flounce sleeves and seaming detail give this effortless look an elegant feel. Add a touch of color to your look with yellow drop-down earrings and your favorite long-lasting lipstick that won’t transfer onto your face mask, if you choose to wear makeup.

List of Online Dress Stores

1. The Red Dress Boutique

The Red Dress Boutique has its headquarters in Athens, Georgia, and offers a wide variety of trendy and affordable dresses. Their website separates their dress category into every type of dress that you could think of, from that little black number to work dresses. If you need help trying to figure out what you are looking for, or with just style tips in general, check out The Red Dress Boutique’s blog which is full of such advice.

2. Maurices

Maurices‘ dress shop is a great place to start when you are looking for a dress that runs along a more casual, but still very trendy, style. This chain has more than 900 locations across the United States (and even a few in Canada) and it has always been a business that keeps up with what is trending in terms of fashion. Plus, they offer their styles in sizes that range from 1 to 24 allowing women of all size and shape to shop and enjoy their selection.

3. Saved by the Dress

Saved by the Dress started out as an online fashion boutique that claims to offer its customers three important values: fashion, affordability, and fast shipping. Ever since the company launched from Miami Beach in 2013, it has rocketed onto the online shopping scene and continues to provide excellent quality merchandise. Since Saved by the Dress is also exclusively an online store, you can expect speedy and efficient customer service on their online platforms as it is their sole focus.

4. Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe is one of those fashion businesses with a name that spans the decades. The company began in 1975 and continues to soldier on. This means that not only are you receiving quality dresses and service, but you can rest assured that the company knows how to keep up with modern fashion and style. Plus, with the new addition of Peek Kids to their fashion collection, you can easily find the perfect dress for your daughter (or niece, or whoever you might need one for) while looking for your own outfit.

5. Lulus

Lulus is a bit more on the pricier side of dress shopping, but not without reason. The store offers a number of high-quality fashion pieces with an emphasis on the strength on finishing of each dress to ensure that your purchase will last for years to come.

Lulus’ site separates dress types into the different categories you might expect (such as a wedding, casual, business, and so on). However, they also offer the option of shopping by color or trend which can be exceptionally helpful when you are searching for a more unique fashion item.

6. Fashion Nova

While Fashion Nova is a more wide-ranged clothing and accessory online shop (providing styles for both men and women), their dress shop is full of interesting and high quality finds. Fashion Nova’s mission statement is centered on the customer experience and ensuring that each individual who purchases one of their fashion items is not only satisfied but (as they put it) “the best-dressed girl in the room.” This kind of confidence is key when it comes to searching for your next perfect dress, be it for work or an evening out.

7. ModCloth

ModCloth is unique in that it primarily specializes in vintage styles that hold a flavor of modern fashion. So while this is not your typical dress shop, the chances of finding something truly unique are much higher than with other online or retail stores.

ModCloth is exclusively a women’s fashion store which means that you are working with a team focused entirely on creating the next biggest and best women’s fashion items. The shop was started in 2002 and has since boomed into a thriving business serving the nation’s women.

8. Misguided US

Misguided is a global fashion brand with the overarching goal of empowering women everywhere through their unique styles. Misguided fashion is bold and unapologetic; it is focused on every day and how each and every woman can tackle the ordinary in less than ordinary ways via their style.

This particular online shop is more geared toward the “Millenial” crowd and may not suit everyone’s tastes, but it is still a shop worth checking out if you are in the market for something more unique. Misguided was started in 1009 by Nitin Passi who started with next to nothing in New York and has since become a global superstar.

9. Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant is another one of those names that have been in the dress and overall fashion industry for a number of years. This is exclusively a plus size online (and retail) shop that caters to the curvier women of the world and provides them with styles that are both flattering and affordable. In other words, Lane Bryant is a leader in plus size fashion because they focus on creating trendy styles for larger women, thus equalizing the playing field of fashion.

10. Zulily

Zulily is a unique shopping experience in that the online store offers daily sales on items across the retail board, including dresses. This includes a number of big name brands often at prices that seem too good to be true.

Zulily is a great place to find that unique (and extremely affordable) number you want, but it is not the best place to go if you need your dress sooner rather than later as their shipping times are longer on average than other online stores. However, if you have the time and want to save some money, definitely check out their shop which is also available as an app on your smartphone.

11. Amazon

There is little doubt that Amazon is the leader in online shopping and dress shopping is no exception. Amazon offers a number of different dress brands and styles all in one place. You can refine your search for a specific type of dress (such as formal or cocktail) or you can search exclusively by brand depending on what you are looking for.

The company is one of those powerhouse retailers that employs more than 200,000 people and has been in operation since 1994. With free returns on most items and the new Amazon Wardrobe, shopping here has few risks and many possible rewards.

12. Simply Dresses

True to its name, Simply Dresses is an online fashion boutique that offers a variety of dress styles and options to fit nearly any occasion. The company has been in operation since 1998 and is a part of the larger Occasion Brands, LLC.

Simply Dresses is also so sure of its low prices for high-quality dresses that it offers to beat any other online retailer’s price by 2%. Therefore, if you were to find a dress on their site that you love but it is cheaper elsewhere, simply call into their customer service and save even more money on your purchase.

13. Pretty Little Thing US

Pretty Little Thing offers a number of different styles of clothing and accessories and their dress shop is no exception. The site offers more than twenty different categories of dress to help you narrow down your search with plenty of competitive pricing and sale deals to help you find what you need.

Pretty Little Thing also offers a specialized blog with plenty of fashion advice and news from around the world to keep you up to date on recent trends.

14. Revolve

If you are more into designer name styles, then Revolve is the online shop for you. The store was started in 2003 by two like-minded friends who wanted a way to narrow down shopping for high quality, designer fashion. Revolve carries only the highest in name and quality with more than 700 brands under their online umbrella.

While Revolve covers both men and women’s designer clothing, their dress shop is definitely one to check out. Designer names for women’s fashion include Alexis, For Love & Lemons, Free People, FRLFRND, L’Acadamie, LEVI’S, Mara Hoffman, Nike, Rag & Bone, Tularosa, and Zimmermann, among many others.

15. Tobi

This international online women’s fashion shop is stocked full of dress options to fit nearly any occasion. And with free shipping on orders more than $50 as well as free returns within 10 days of receiving your items, you can feel free to shop without worry. Tobi is based out of Los Angeles, California, and prides itself on providing some of the best styles and prices from the United States West Coast.

16. ASOS

ASOS is an online shop that provides its customers with a broad selection of fashion pieces and accessories in more than 30 sizes, which of course includes their dress selection. This store is geared more toward the younger generational crowd, but there is a little something for everyone hidden inside.

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