Here’s How to Make a Dress Casual

Here’s How to Make a Dress Casual

Not sure how to make a dress casual? Consider our tips to dress down your favorite looks, plus some suggestions from our collection.

 Crystal wearing a blue Escape by Habitat dress in a courtyard


It can be fun to dress up, no matter the occasion, to express yourself and feel good about yourself. There are so many ways to wear a dress and make heads turn when you walk through the door. Wear it on a date, to a charity event, or while brunching with friends.

But dresses don’t always have to wait in your closet until the next major event. There are great options for casual wear; whether you need something to slip on after a long day in the office or throw on while you run errands.

Not quite sure how to wear a dress casually? Here are a few tips and tricks for dressing down a dress:

Sport Some Sneakers

One of the easiest ways to make a sundress casual is by kicking off the heels and wedges and throwing on a pair of sneakers instead. Sneakers can be the secret ingredient to a casual outfit; a pair of tennis shoes can take a look from formal or chic to comfortable and cool in an instant.

Our suggestion? Wear a sundress with a pair of white, low top sneakers on a walk through town with your friends.

Throw on a Casual Jacket

If sporting a pair of sneakers with your dress is a little too casual for you, the right coat can add a laid-back look to your style without going too far. A denim jacket is the first choice that comes to mind - the lighter the wash, the more casual it’ll look. We also recommend a cardigan as an easy approach to a cool and easy going style.

Layer a casual jacket over this chic Striped T-Shirt Dress.


Val wearing a multicolored Kaktus dress in a courtyard

Have Fun with Accessories

Accessories make the difference between dressing up and dressing down a look. With accessories, you can make your casual dress ensemble more fun and express your personality. We suggest:

  • Tights or leggings. This can add a youthful look to your outfit with ease. Go for fun colors and textures to mix things up.
  • A belt. Cinch the waist of a flowy dress for an entirely different look. This is a great opportunity to play around with fun colors and patterns as well.
  • A new bag. Your designer purse could be what’s holding you back from achieving the casual look–try a large crossbody bag instead.
  • Long necklaces. Stay away from the diamonds when you’re going for a casual look. Instead, consider layering long, flowing necklaces

Add a Hat to the Mix

The way you wear your hair can make a big impact on the way people perceive your look. Wearing a dress and curling your hair, for instance, can make you look more dressy than you intended. Instead of spending so much time fixing your ‘do, try throwing on a fun hat instead.

A baseball cap is a simple accessory that can make a casual statement, and the right sized sun hat can also make a difference.

Try this Solid Stretch Short Sleeve Dress with a baseball hat on your next outdoor adventure.

Layer Up

If you find yourself wanting to wear something over your dresses to make them look more casual, an oversized sweater or button down shirt can be the missing piece of the puzzle.

Throw your favorite sweater over this Twisted Knots UPF50+ Sleeveless Dress.


Val wearing an Anthony's Resort Wear dress in front of a hedge

Shop Anthony’s Florida for Casual Dresses

Is your closet filled to the brim with dresses that you consider too fancy to dress down? Are you struggling with how to make a dress look casual in general? You might want to update your wardrobe rather than simply dressing over your current choices.

At Anthony’s Florida, we have a variety of casual dresses that can make every day seem like a relaxed getaway on the beach. Our collection includes cute and stylish summer dresses as well as comfortable sleeveless dresses. These bright-colored dresses will let you have some fun in the sun while staying cool, calm, and collected.

No matter what type of dress you’re looking for, we have a style for you. Browse our collection today.

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