Here’s an easy way to wear a casual dress on a warm Summer’s day. All you need is a breezy frock in a lightweight woven cotton or jersey knit, and a relaxed support act of footwear and accessories. 

I’ve chosen black dresses, knee-length and midi, because you can wear casual black dresses in the summertime. They look especially summery when they expose a bit of skin on the neck and arms. Keep the fabrication casual and you are good to go. 

You have all sorts of footwear options. Try a trendy, patterned ankle strap high heeled sandal. A flat sandal bootie, or super casual patterned espadrilles. Or a good old faithful wedge sandal with comfortable broad straps. 

Add in a casual bag, a straw hat and eyewear. Throw on a denim vest or crochet cardigan if you need an extra layer. Add jewelry as desired. 

As with all the formulas, I only sow the seeds of an idea. The next step is to substitute the items that reflect YOUR style. I kept the vibe earthy and neutral, but you could go colourful, graphic and bold. Substitute the solid dress for something patterned. Wear ballet flats instead of sandals. Add in a linen scarf. Wear a slouchy hobo instead of a structured crossbody bag. The possibilities are endless.