21 Of Our Top-Rated Casual Summer Dresses For 2021

Post by Abi Gilman

When the weather forecast shows a pretty little row of sunshines and promises of 80+ degree days, you know it’s officially time to bust out your favorite casual summer dresses. >> Insert a collective “Hallelujah” here. <<

We’ll take a wild guess and assume that since you’re reading this post on casual summer dresses you’re already a proud supporter of #teamdress, and don’t need to be sold on why casual dresses are the ultimate summer outfit closet staple. So we’ll spare you the paragraphs about how dresses are easy to style, comfortable and compliment-generators. Instead, we’ve rounded up a list of 21 casual summer dresses that both customers and stylists adore.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a mini, midi or maxi dress. Whether you dig puffy sleeves or bungee straps. Whether you like your dresses billowy or curve-hugging with cut-outs. Whether you like bold and bright patterns or ditsy, cottagecore florals. Sis, we’ve got it all. Scroll ahead for our collection of trending casual summer dresses for 2021.

7 Casual Mini Dresses

Ditch your denim shorts for these small-but-mighty mini dresses. 2021 trends include everything from basic black t-shirt dresses to boho-inspired bubble dresses ripe with dainty details. Whichever end of the mini-dress spectrum you fall on, rest assured all casual summer dresses pair fabulously with a basic white sneaker for an effortless throw-on-and-go vibe.

1. Free People Easy to Love Bubble Mini Dress

Raise your hand if you’re here for the bubble dress trend. 🙋🏽‍♀️ 🙋🏽‍♀️ 🙋🏽‍♀️  Yep, us too. It’s like hippie boho vibes and ‘50s era glam swiped right and made a baby. We first saw the bubble dress trend hit the runways at Fashion Weeks around the world in 2019. But the trend took a beat and waited for the pandemic to pass before putting a stylish stake in the ground this summer. Better late than never, right?

Green Free People bubble dress on a hanger- Women’s Style Subscription

2. Z-Supply Lex Tri-Blend Dress

A simple black mini dress is an essential in every closet. This casual summer dress from Z-Supply is a customer fave.

3. Mountain Valley Trading Edgra Babydoll Dress

“Blush Beauty is one of Pantone’s 2021 colors of the year, and our customers can’t get enough of it,” said Wantable’s Style Team Director, Christina Koss.

This flowy blush beauty babydoll mini dress is a head-turner.

4. Z-Supply V-Neck T-shirt Dress 

Craving all-day comfort? This coveted, 100% cotton V-neck T-shirt Dress is a 2021 summer outfit staple and one of our best-reviewed casual summer dresses. Our stylists recommend pairing it with your favorite sneakers for an effortless and care-free summer look.

Woman in a black v-neck t-shirt dress by Z-supply - Casual summer dress subscription


5. Hayden Los Angeles Flutter Sleeve Mini Dress in Pink

Cute, little boho vibes make this mini dress a customer favorite. The fit-and-flare silhouette is uber flattering and the flutter sleeves seal the deal.

Red Boho Fit and Flare Mini Dress with Flutter Sleeves on a Hanger- Casual Summer Dress by Hayden Los Angeles


6. Patrons of Peace June Dress 

The sunshiney palm print and tassel-tie neckline give this layered summer mini dress a chill-but-chic vacay vibe.


7. Gentle Fawn Cadence Dress

Wantable stylists love this casual summer dress because it’s so gosh-darn versatile. You can dress up the Gentle Fawn Cadence Dress with a strappy pair of sandals, dress it down with a pair of white sneakers, or toss it on top of your swimsuit as a cover-up at the beach. Babes, the possibilities are endless. Oh and by the way, we’ve got it in black too.

Girl in Flowy Cream Mini Dress with Sneakers - @larissainokc in a Gentle Fawn Casual Mini Dress from Wantable

photo: @larissainokc


7 Casual Midi Dresses

Midi dresses are the middle child of summer dresses. They’re effortlessly everyone’s fave and they fit in just about everywhere. Dress these flirty frocks up with strappy heels and a red lip or play it low key with sneakers to own the casual summer dress vibe.


1. Z-Supply Sleeveless Reverie Dress

This one-and-done midi dress from Z-Supply is beloved by Wantable customers for its flattering fit and effortless vibe. In fact, we love it so much we keep it stocked in a few different colors and styles. Keep scrolling to find the Reverie dress in black and with sleeves.

Woman in a greyish blue midi dress and white sneakers - Z-Supply casual summer dress


2. Free People “The Perfect Sundress”

This button-up beaut is a head-turner. This Free People sundress is perfect for just about every occasion: backyard wedding, brunch with the girls, or to your favorite summer festival. Honestly, we’re struggling to think of where you wouldn’t wear this dress.

Red floral Free People sundress on a hanger - causal summer dress


3. Live and Let Live Short Sleeve Wrap Dress

This black floral summer dress is sexy and sweet, perfect for a night out.

Woman in a Black Floral Wrap Dress - Live and Let Live Casual Summer Dress


4. Patrons of Peace Balboa Dress

Vacay awaits! Slip on this Patrons of Peace Balboa Dress and you’ll feel like you’re taking a trip to paradise. The tropical print makes a statement in the best way.

Woman in strappy midi dress with tropical print - Patrons of Peace Casual Summer Dress


5. Mountain Valley Trading Mylene Midi Dress

Did someone say summer picnics? Stylists love this Mountain Valley Trading Midi Dress for all its pretty little details.

Woman in a sunhat and orange floral midi dress. Casual summer dress by Mountain Valley Trading


6. Z-Supply Short-Sleeve Reverie Rib Dress

Stop your scroll, here’s that spin off of the Z-Supply Reverie Dress we were busy bragging about before. Just like it’s sister above, this popular midi dress is perfect for every body type. Its buttery soft fabric, stretchy ribbed texture, and relaxed silhouette make it the ultimate casual summer dress.

Woman in a popular midi dress. Casual summer dress by Z-Supply


7. Bila Megan Dress 

The handkerchief hem on this Bila Megan Dress makes a statement in the best way.

Woman in a floral midi dress - Casual Summer Dress


7 Casual Maxi Dresses

If there was an Olympics of casual summer dress trends, maxi dresses would be the gold-medal champion. These flowy one-piece-wonders will leave your sweatpants collecting dust. Whether you’re beating the heat on the couch and binging the latest season of The Bachelorette or hitting up the Farmer’s Market, the maxi dress is a summer trend you can rely on year after year.


1. Bobeau Kimono Sleeve V-Neck Dress

Kimono sleeves paired with a tropical print elevate this cozy maxi dress in the best way.

Woman in kimono maxi dress - @fancyinthefoothills - Casual summer dresses subscription box

image: @fancyinthefoothills


2. Mountain Valley Trading Gravity Maxi Dress

Woman in a brown floral and lace flowy maxi dress. Casual summer dress from Mountain Valley Trading

Floral and lace come together in perfect harmony in this Mountain Valley Trading flowy maxi dress. Add a dainty necklace and voila, your ensemble is complete.


3. Mikarose Eden Dress 

This Mikarose Eden Dress is a lovely choice for a picnic at the park.

Woman in flowy red maxi dress - Mikarose casual summer dress


4. Free People Tiers For You Maxi Dress

You’ll be reaching for this stunning floral print maxi dress from Free People. The crocheted neckline and back are just icing on the cake.

Blue floral print maxi dress on a hanger - Casual summer dress by Free People


5. Apricot Ruffle Tie Dye Maxi Dress 

If a tie-dye maxi dress isn’t a quintessential summer staple, then we don’t know what is. Deep blue hues make this off-the-shoulder maxi a must-have.

Woman in blue tie-dye maxi dress - Casual summer dress from women’s fashion subscription box

image: @sunkissedindecember


6. Another Love Carmen Maxi Dress

There’s something sexy and sweet about an understated, strappy black maxi dress. This one will be a 2021 summer favorite. We promise.

Black Maxi Dress on a Hanger - Casual Summer Dress by Another Love


7. BB Dakota Shoulder Rush Dress 

This tie-dye maxi with a high-low hem will put a pep in your step.

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