Are you looking for some great capsule wardrobe-worthy staple dresses that will make getting dressed insanely easy? Here are 6 versatile casual dresses for women that easily go from casual to dressy and won’t break the bank!
If there is one thing that makes getting dressed super quick and easy for me on any given day it is a casual dress. Honestly, it’s the best solution any way you look at it.
Casual dresses are cute, fun, fashionable, and comfortable! Investing in casual dresses will transform the way you feel about getting dressed every day.
I have spent countless hours trying to get dressed, wasting precious time and it is no fun! Until I realized that I was trying to maximize my closet with clothes that just didn’t work.
Having a capsule wardrobe mindset is what helped me change my situation and made getting dressed and my mornings so much easier!
So if you’re building on your capsule wardrobe or just looking to revamp your closet, you might want to consider purchasing a few casual dresses. Casual dresses that not only look cute and are on-trend but that are actually functional and work with your lifestyle.
I love shopping for dresses and can tell you that having any of these 6 styles of casual dresses for women can make your life so much easier. These are dresses that are highly purchased and also just happen to make the perfect capsule wardrobe basics!
This is post #4 in the Capsule Wardrobe Basics Simplified Series. A series created to help you understand how simple and easy it is to build a capsule with simple basic pieces that are timeless and that you will use and love year after year!
No matter what your budget, it is possible to build a capsule that is functional and stylish! So here are 6 best-selling casual dress styles for women that will have you motivated and ready to shop!
Best Casual Dresses For Women:
1. Black dresses
It goes without saying that the little black dress is a true fashion staple that every woman needs in her wardrobe. And I am here to confirm that for you.
Not only because it is flattering for every body type but also because it is literally timeless! A little black dress is literally what capsule wardrobe dreams are made of!
How do you style a simple black dress? Basically, any way you want! A simple black dress can be dressed up for a formal occasion just as easily as it is dressed down for casual wear.
Here’s where accessories make all the difference, ladies. Layering pieces are also essential in styling a simple black dress up or down. Think a blazer, a shawl, a denim jacket, a cardigan, or even a basic sweatshirt.
Shoes add the final touch on how to style this look. Add white sneakers or slip-on sandals for casual wear. Dress it up with shiny heels or knee-high boots depending on the time of year.
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2. Printed dresses
Having printed dresses in your capsule wardrobe will bring fun textured patterns to your closet. Neutral colored printed dresses are perfectly timeless and are a great foundation to build off of by simply adding fun layers to create different looks.
Besides the fact that they offer a truly feminine feel, most are so ridiculously versatile. A printed dress alone adds all the flare and color alone for any outfit making it probably the easiest dress on this list to style.
For these more busy-colored patterned dresses, you want to keep the layers simple and classic. Think of top layers like a black motorcycle jacket or a classic blazer for an elevated look.
Add a shawl and dressy heels and you have the perfect wedding guest outfit. Want a more casual day-to-day look? No problem.
Try layering a denim jacket and white sneakers for everyday fun and comfortable style.
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3. Maxi dresses
The boho-style maxi dress continues to be crazy popular year after year. More than that maxi dresses also make perfect capsule wardrobe staples.
I know I’ve heard many women say a maxi dress just isn’t for them. But seriously a maxi dress offers a way to get dressed quickly and easy all while looking super cute and stylish!
Whether you choose a solid neutral dress or a floral print, the outfits you can create make this style of dress worth a try. Worn alone it provides an effortless style but layered with a biker jacket and black open-toe heels make it perfect for date night.
Just the same style it with a lightweight cardigan and sandals slides for a cute weekend look. For a more put-together look for the office try adding a belt and a blazer to make it a more professional-looking attire.
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4. Midi dresses
The midi dress pictured above is the definition of capsule wardrobe minimalist style. It’s the perfect example for keeping it basic and simple all while allowing you to let your personal style shine through.
Because of the minimalism look of a solid neutral colored midi dress, this style of dress is one that can be styled in endless ways. Swap the chunky boot for some tennis shoes for another simple casual look.
Or dress it up with booties or heels and a coatigan for a completely different look.
Midi dresses are also the perfect professional length making it ideal for the workplace. Styling it with a classic blazer offers the perfect professional attire for occasions like an interview and the day-to-day office setting.
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5. Mini dresses
My latest obsession has been a t-shirt mini dress. The simplicity of it makes for the perfect foundation to play with accessories in styling it up or down and easily curated to your personal style.
The versatility to style in any season also makes it the perfect basic for your wardrobe. In warmer weather, I like to style it with wedges or casual open-toe heels and a long lightweight cardigan or denim jacket.
In cooler temps try some knee-high boots and an oversized cardigan to keep you warm.
And don’t forget to add all those other cute and trendy capsule wardrobe accessories including a handbag and some simple gold jewelry for the final touch.
Just about any style mini dress can be a great capsule basic. Other styles to try are mini button-down shirt dresses, wrap dresses, short flirty dresses, fitted, and denim styles.
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6. Sleeveless dresses
A great sleeveless dress style is the slip satin dress. Slip satin dresses have been on-trend and popular for years now.
Its minimalist look allows this casual dress to be styled seamlessly alone or as the perfect base layer. These dresses are all over Instagram styled with pullover sweaters with heels or with sweatshirts and white sneakers.
Most sleeveless dresses make great foundational basics for an outfit. Simply because its sleeveless style allows you to add any top layer and create an endless number of outfits.
Some sleeveless dress styles to try are spaghetti strap, halter, racerback/muscle shirt style, and denim style.
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To Wrap Things Up:
Casual dresses for women have always been a popular choice for many of us and now you know how perfect they are as capsule wardrobe basics in your closet.
Owning just one of each style of the dresses on this list will offer you endless amounts of outfit ideas year-round.
And really, how much better does it get than to simply throw on a dress and add a few layers and accessories to be set for your day?!
So next time you are shopping for something cute and functional that will offer you tons of use in your closet remember to pick up a casual dress or two and know that you are adding instant timeless style to your wardrobe!
This post is about casual dresses for women.