Casual dresses should be comfortable, but never compromise on style. Update your weekend wardrobe with our pick of the best styles to buy now...
Casual dresses are not only the perfect go-to garment for off-duty dressing, but they can be smartened up in seconds with a little careful accessorising.
Think shirt dresses teamed with bold trainers, power prints paired with luxe-looking ankle boots – we think trading in your fail-safe jeans in favour of a super-chic, off-duty dress will serve your weekend wardrobe well.
Check out our edit of the best styles to buy now...
White shirts are no longer restricted to the work place, and have become one of our favourite ways to nail off-duty dressing.If you fancy taking on this trend, why not snap up this cotton dress? Just add a bold lip and some tortoiseshell sunnies to complete your look.
We love the shape of this dress. The square neckline feels slightly boho, while the monochrome floral print brings this style bang up to date.
This printed dress is one of our favourites. Wear with flats and a leather jacket for the weekend, or for a more glamorous look, just add some platform sandals.
Denim dresses can work for your wardrobe all year round, and we think this button-up shirt style will be your go-to for any casual occasion.
Get your racing stripes on for the J.Crew Silk Striped Dress with its suitably cool atheletic edge, just softened by a luxe-feeling silk texture.
Knitted dresses don't come much cooler than this. Go all out and opt for bare legs and slides for a winning weekend look.
Floral dresses can be cool, and this floaty frock from Band Of Outsiders proves it. Make like Alexa Chung and team yours with an oversized leather jacket and some ankle boots.
This may look smart, but this square neck dress with tie-side detail is a great choice for the weekend. Team with slides and sunnies to complete the look.
Team your Hobbs NW3 Iona Dress with some brown ankle boots to give this sweet little day dress a biker edge.
This Suno sun dress has totally won us over, the stripe print and A-line design is oh-so-chic, and we think would look amazing paired with some white clogs and a red lip.
Equipment have pretty much nailed the off-duty shirt, and have now expanded their collections to include dresses. We couldn't be happier.
This printed day dress from H&M is all kinds of cool, We love the graphic print, while the mid-length sleeves and loose-fit shape is ideal for the weekend.
MIH have expanded and now includes a range of desirable dresses that we can't wait to get our hands on. This chambray style is a great update for your denim wardrobe.
Colour pop in the Monki Telly Dress with its strong hit of vibrant orange. Dress it up with a statement necklace or dress it down with some chic spring sandals.
This boho-style dress will update your weekend wardrobe in an instant. Just add some black leather sandals and some loose waves and you're good to go.
Stripe midi-dresses like this were made for off-duty dressing. Pair yours with some ankle boots and a denim jacket. Just add some delicate gold jewellery and a coral lip for maximum results.
This denim dress will be your go-to for a chic, day-time look. We love the light blue shade and think the silver popper detailing and fit-and-flare skirt will create a super-flattering look in an instant.
Monochrome, sporty and a total bargain - this H&M dress is everything we expect a casual dress to be, and more.
One of our favourite dress shapes - this loose-fit, t-shirt style can be thrown on and paired with a denim jacket for ann instant off-duty look.
Animal prints are back, and with that comes a sea of prints to choose from. This updated leopard style has totally won us over, and is a bit of a bargain, too.
Opt for this utility style if you're after a figure-flattering dress. We think this is ideal for dressing up or down, and would look amazing teamed with some white Birkenstock sandals and an oversized clutch.
Shirt-dresses are a wardrobe staple, and this 70's style from H&M will prove a worthy investment if the new-seaosn catwalks are anything to by.
Grey is the new-season neutral, pair with lashings of pinks and pale blue for winning results.
Be bold and opt for this red jumper to liven up your wardrobe. Team with plimsolls and a trench to complete your look.
Dungaree-style dresses are a chic off-duty option. Wear with a breton underneath and a pair of nike trainers for a super-cool look.
Forget sensible shirt-dresses, this floaty feather print one from Topshop is the style to go for. Wear with everything from trainers to mules.
Sweater dresses can be chic, and if you're looking to really score some sartorial style points - this Richard Nicoll style is the one for you.
Channel the boho-look with this white tunic dress. Ideal for the end-of-summer weather, this beautiful white style would look amazing paired with a tan strappy sandal and some delicate gold jewellery.
Nothing says weekend-wear like stripes, and this contrasting stripe dress is a winner. Team with a bold red lip and some slides to complete your look.
Toast are a great destination for casual dressing, and this grey tunic style dress all but proves it. Brighten up this look with a red lip and a slick of black eyeliner.
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Stripe and print work well together, and this power print is guaranteed to liven up even the most casual affair.
Pleats can be casual. This tea dress not only has a chic pleat-detaill skirt but the pretty pattern is a little bit lovely, too.
This utility shirt dress has your casual style covered. And we think this chic style would work equally well for the office, too.
Opting for a print is always a wise choice, and M&S have offered up this cool t-shirt style that we think is just a little bit perfect.
Cami dresses can be chic and this double-layer style from Warehouse proves it. Just add a coral lip and slides and you're good to go.
Go classic and opt for this stripe style for a chic weekend look. Team with some tan flats and a super-size shopper to complete your look.
H&M is our go-to for purse-friendly dresses, and this blush printed style is one of our favourites.
Bleach denim is a great way to update your collection. And we think this one will look just as great with bare legs now, as it will with tights in winter. What's not to love?
You can't go far wrong with a stripe dress and this t-shirt style will transform your weekend wardrobe. Opt for flats and some oversized sunnies to nail your off-duty look.
Update your 2014 day dress collection with pleats. Easy. A finely folded skirt is not only feminine but also, totaly moveable.
Summer is still firmly upon us, so much so, we think snapping up this little sun dress will serve your wardrobe well.
For a quick and chic look - go for this denim pocket dress from Topshop. Just add espadrilles and a trench to complete your look.
60's style dresses are set to be big for the new-season ahead, and with that in mind, we think this style is worth a look. Team with some pointed courts and a slick of black eyeliner to complete your look.
Monochrome is a quick and easy way to channel cool during the weekend. This A-line shape dress from Zara is both stylish and comfy, and will serve your transitional wardrobe well.
Double layer, printed and khaki - yep, this ticks all the right boxes when it comes to casual dressing.
Grey doesn't necessarily mean boring, and this dress proves it. The sleeveless, mid-length style and tie-waist detail will look super-chic with a denim jacket, some plimsolls and a bold cross-body bag.
It's never too late to snap up a floaty frock, and with a few more weeks left of summer we think this button-back style will still come in handy. And when the cooler weather comes, just add a leather jacket.
We're dotty for this playful dress. Not only is the shape super-flattering on the waistline, but we reckon this style is just smart enough to pass for the office, too.
Midi-dresses are having a bit of a moment of late, and we think this grey belted style from Oasis is the best one to go for. Just add some super-size sunnies and flats and you're good to go.