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    33 Casual Dresses That Can Easily Be Dressed Up For Nighttime

    Dresses you can wear to the movies *and* a dinner date. What a concept.

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    1. An A-line midi dress featuring an itty bitty cutout. Uncle Joey, this is where you step in to tell everyone to ~cut it out~ with the compliments.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved this dress for my trip to Cabo. Received so many compliments on it, the material is good quality, and didn’t wear a bra at all (I wear a 34DD)." —Christie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 23 colors).

    2. A puff sleeve mini dress that is currently 60% off, so the phrase "it's practically free" is an appropriate thing to be running through your mind right now.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $20 (originally $60, available in sizes 2-10 and in two colors).

    3. A simple off-the-shoulder dress with a high-low hem, which means it's slightly longer in the back. Who's going to spend the night fearing that their underwear is saying peek-a-boo? Not you!,

    Promising review: "I purchased this FANTASTIC dress for a masquerade ball. It flows really nicely, is sturdy, and is made with a strong material that does not feel cheap in the slightest. The zipper is also durable and the seams are well-made." —JNH

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in eight colors).

    4. A ribbed knit bodycon dress you can easily dress up with heels and dress down with sneakers. I’m pretty sure this should be a visual aid next to the dictionary definition of “versatile”.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $17.90 (available in sizes 0X-3X and in two colors).

    5. A ruffled dress that'll have you humming 🎶 itsy bitsy teenie weenie 🎶 even though you are wearing neither a bikini or the color yellow.

    This dress has a bit of an oversized design, so go down a size if you prefer a more fitted look.

    Promising review: "I wore this to my wedding rehearsal and dinner. I love the ruffles and the loose fit! I originally bought the teal green, but I had to go back and order the other two colors. Plus, this has pockets!" —Lg

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in three colors).

    6. A basic t-shirt dress you can hypothetically wear 365 days a year. Pair this with some statement jewelry, your favorite booties, and BAM! You're now both comfortable and stylish, and it took about 0% effort to get you there.

    Promising review: "Loving this dress! It doesn't shrink when washed, keeps its color, fits perfectly, and it looks good on! It's one of those dresses that would look great on anyone. And most importantly - ITS COMFORTABLE!" —Riley Faircloth

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 16 colors).

    7. A V-neck dress made from a super soft jersey material. If you want to feel like you're wearing pajamas whilst in public, then you should probably add this to your shopping cart ASAP.


    Get it from H&M for $12.99 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in four colors).

    8. An off-shoulder maxi dress that does NOT include an all-expenses-paid trip to Prague as seen below (rude), but if you happen to have a vacation planned? Say hello to your stylish daily uniform.,

    Promising review: "I bought this dress in blue about a year ago and was nervous because I don’t normally buy clothes before trying them on. But every single time I wore it, I had at least a handful of people compliment me or ask where I found it. It was insanely comfortable, and I've since ordered two other colors." —MCD

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in eight colors).

    9. A jersey knit tank dress you'll be able to quickly throw on when you've agreed to meet your friends for lunch at 2:30. The time is now 3:15 and you've got to hurry it up.


    Promising review: "Love this dress! I'm working on a *capsule wardrobe* and this fit the bill. It's lightweight and can be dressed up with scarves, shrug, a cardigan, or a blazer. It washes very nicely and I love that it doesn't wrinkle when I fold it up." —THE IslandGirl...Sharon

    Get it from Amazon for $17+ (available in sizes 1X-7X and in four colors).

    10. A swing dress designed with a tortoiseshell ring accent, proving once and for all that you really should take Beyoncé's advice. You like this dress? Then put a ring on this dress. It's all simple math.


    Get it from Asos for $16 (originally $32, available in sizes 12-28).

    11. A leopard print skater dress officially changing its name to "Sk8er Boi". Just because it's 2019 doesn't mean it can't be 2002 in our hearts, am I right?

    & Other Stories

    Get it from & Other Stories for $59 (available in sizes 0-12).

    12. A sleeveless dress because humidity has arrived and with it, an endless amount of sweat. Presenting the easiest way to wear as little clothing as possible while still feeling dressed up enough to go your office building/the grocery store/a dinner date. You’re welcome.,

    Promising review: "I love this! The fabric is super lightweight and flowy, but it isn't see-through or anything like that. I just wanted a cute, casual, swing dress and I am SO pleased with this one!" —Kai Yanga

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in 19 colors).

    13. A Something Navy button-up sundress that's making me want to buy a fedora, and I don't even like hats. My head is too small for them. But look at that! Fantastic marketing, fantastic dress, fantastic hat.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $89 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and in two colors).

    14. A ruffle trim mini dress featuring a tiny cutout for anyone looking to reveal a little torso. Plus, keep everyone on their toes as they try to guess what you're wearing — a dress or a skirt? Shh, we'll keep the answer between us.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $58 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two colors).

    15. A tunic dress available in a lovely tweed design AKA this is the perfect transitional piece to go from your stuffy cubicle to post-work happy hour drinks.

    Psst, this has pockets!

    Promising review: "Adorable! I love this dress. It's an easy outfit to just throw on and go, it fits perfectly, and it arrived faster than expected." —Rachel St. Clair

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS-L and in three colors).

    16. A square neck midi dress available in 10 colors and WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT I now have 10 new items in my shopping cart.


    Get it from Boohoo for $20 (originally $40, available in sizes 2-12 and in 10 colors).

    17. A t-shirt dress that must be the child of Christmas because this is here to bring you tidings of comfort and JOY. This cozy maxi is the perfect thing to throw on and is *super* easy to dress up.

    Pair this with booties, a leather jacket, and some statement earrings for an outfit that is both trendy and comfy.

    Promising review: "This is SO CUTE! I can’t wait to wear it this this summer. Many have said they used it as a swimsuit cover up, but I will definitely be wearing this as a casual maxi dress! The material is slightly silky and very substantial — definitely more substantial than just a cover up. You can even tie up the front into a knot for a cute hi-low look. Just make sure to size up for a more relaxed fit!" —Richie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 30 colors).

    18. A ruffle mini dress because (and I cannot stress this enough) EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS. It's timeless, you can wear it anywhere, and your shoes will never clash. Truly a dream.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $14.40 (originally $36, available in sizes 2-10).

    19. A metallic jersey dress that allows you to bring New Year's Eve style (READ: ✨ sparkle ✨) into your summer wardrobe. / Via @hm

    Get it from H&M for $24.99 (available in sizes 0-18).

    20. A button-up midi dress you should truly pack in your carry-on. If your luggage gets lost (which has never happened to me hahahaha), have peace of mind knowing that you can wear this *one* item every single day of your vacation.,

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute and comfortable! I also really love that there's stretchy material on the back, meaning it can accommodate larger busts. I will definitely be purchasing this in other patterns!" —KB

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 42 colors).

    21. A stretchy ribbed knit dress with a clear destiny. What is the destiny, you ask? It involves being worn to every single thing you have coming up this month, from college friend catch up drinks you dumbly agreed to at the beginning of the week to the movie date you have with your mom.


    Get it from Reformation for $78 (available in sizes XS-L and in two colors).

    22. A high-neck midi dress to banish all digs through closet —> finds nothing to wear —> cancels plans scenarios. Long gone will be the days of the "I'm actually not going to make it..." texts on account of not loving your outfit.

    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $34 (originally $37.99, available in sizes 1X-4X and in three colors).

    23. An oversized dress that's basically an elongated version of your favorite button-front top, except this has an attached belt to cinch right at your waist.


    Get it from Boohoo for $18 (originally $36, available in sizes 4-12 and in three colors).

    24. An off-shoulder maxi dress so gorgeous, you’ll struggle to keep it out of the grubby paws of your roommate (who steals your clothes and your food more than your own flesh and blood does).

    Promising review: "Super cute, flattering, and true to size. I like that it can be dressed up or down, although the slit on both sides does give it a more casual appearance. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. Love it!" —Ali C.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in six colors).

    25. A cami swing dress representative of all the sunshine you'll finally be receiving now that summer is here. Vitamin d, my body was starting to get worried..


    Get it from Asos for $14 (originally $24, available in sizes 0-14).

    26. A bodycon dress that has pockets. Don't know how to pose your arms in a picture without looking awkward? Bam! Pockets to the rescue. Tuck your hands in and call yourself chic.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dress! I originally got it in the bright blue and wore it to my boyfriend's law school graduation. Between the dinner, the ceremony, and the after party, I wore this for almost 10 hours and it was super comfortable. I bought the navy blue in a small and plan on wearing it to my best friend's wedding later in the summer, plus I'll be putting this into my regular work rotation under a black blazer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in five colors).

    27. A Y-neck mini dress because I need a vacation, and this exudes some serious "just book it" vibes. You + warm weather + iPhone portrait mode + this dress = Instagram perfection. Sounds shallow, but I know you're thinking the same thing.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (originally $69, available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors).

    28. A duo-toned handkerchief midi dress probably stolen from the set of Sex and the City because there's no way this wasn't worn by Carrie Bradshaw.

    & Other Stories

    Get it from & Other Stories for $149 (available in sizes 0-12).

    29. A button-up dress that can be worn with 1) sneakers, 2) heels, 3) sandals, 4) flip-flops, 5) wedges, 6) mules, 7) booties, and 8) Crocs. You can even wear it with Uggs if you're feeling especially bold.

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite dress! The fit is amazing, the length is perfect, and I love that the loops for the buttons are stretchy to allow a little give in the chest area. It’s a very thin, lightweight material perfect for spring and summer, and I definitely recommend washing by hand." —Justine

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 25 colors).

    30. A floral ruffle dress loved by Miranda Priestly herself.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (available in sizes S-L).

    31. A V-neck maxi dress made from a light, breezy material that'll feel like an answered prayer in the summer humidity. No more heavy fabric to remind you of how sweaty / in desperate need of a shower you are.,

    Promising review: "This is going to be a staple in my spring/ summer wardrobe. There are adjustable straps which is great, the fabric is thin and breezy without being see-through, and it has POCKETS. Deep, useful pockets. I sent this link to half the girls I work with because everyone loved it so much. It's super versatile — I wore it with a long black cardi and black mules, but I can see it with a denim jacket, you can belt it, wear with sandals or wedges, etc." —Misee

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 11 colors).

    32. An asymmetrical bodycon dress with a very specific destiny: It will become your daily uniform from now until the end of September and accompany you on ALL your warm weather adventures. (READ! Washing it every once in a while isn't required, but IS highly recommended.)


    Get it from Express for $24.95 (originally $49.99, available in sizes XS-XL and in three colors).

    33. A shirt dress you'll be able to wear all year long. Pair this with tights and booties during colder months, free your toes and wear this with some sandals for warmer months.


    Get it from ModCloth for $89 (available in sizes 4-20 and in three colors).

    Me, adding a pair of heels to any of the above dresses to make 'em look 10x more fancy:

    Warner Home Video

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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