In the Northern hemisphere, Summer is here. That means relaxing into what we wear with an emphasis on casual, lightweight and breezy clothing that is very comfortable and not constrictive. If shorts aren’t your thing, there’s the option of wearing a simple and laid-back, throw-on-and-go dress. Here are some extremely easy casual dress outfits.

1. Handkerchief Swing

This type of swing dress with asymmetrical pointy handkerchief hem is a stylish muumuu to my eye. You’ll find them in knits, wovens, solids and patterns. Unstructured, yet just enough structure by showcasing skin on the arms and legs. The neckline and armholes are tailored too. I like the boho-lite additions of straw hat and loose-weave earthy topper. Classic flat gladiators always look good, and a fun straw bag would finish things off.

Ryllace Effortless Swing Dress

2. Relaxed Shirtdress

If you’re after something a little dressier with coverage but just as easy, try a shirtdress. This one doesn’t hang as loosely as a sack because it has a clever semi-structured button detail at the back (click on the link to see it.) But it’s breezy and comfy nonetheless. I like the earthy complement of the bag and slides. The low heel on the slides works well, and does not look out of place. This is my favourite of the five because I LOVE shirtdresses, although I prefer them with shirt collars.

Ryllace Market-Day Dress

3. Active Dresses

Athleisure dresses come in a range of silhouettes, so take your pick. They have a sporty integrity, and are often made of technical fabrics that are crease-resistant, breathable, easy to launder, and wick away perspiration. Feel free to wear a sports bra under the styles with very open armholes. Great with sneakers, hybrid sporty slides, body bag, or small backpack.

Universal Standard Long Sleeve V-Neck Geneva Dress

4. Knotted T-Shirt Dress

We covered T-shirt dresses a few weeks ago, and here’s another example of the look. It’s a maxi length with side slits so that you can knot one side. The knot makes the look to my eye because it creates a flattering midi length, a magical diagonal line, and an interesting asymmetrical hem. Summery thong sandals, sunnies and a straw bag are fabulous Summer additions.

Venus Casual T-Shirt Maxi Dress

5. Beachy Birkies

And last, throw on a tiered beachy dress that you can wear a bikini top under if you like. Or stick to a strapless bra, or decorative regular bra that works with the silhouette of the dress. Add a pair of Birkies, flat sandals, slides, or flip-flops, and a casual bag. Add jewellery, hat, watch and eyewear as desired.

M&S Cotton Woven Floral Tassel Beach Dress