Summer Outfit Inspiration: 4 Casual Dresses to Add to Your Wardrobe

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Maya of Charmingly Styled to share her four favorite casual dresses for summer and how to style each of the one-piece-wonders!

After waiting months for warmer weather in the Midwest, I can finally say the summer season is upon us! Showers aside, the weather is starting to warm up and I’m excited to see the sun return after months of hibernation. Most of all, I’m happy that it’s officially dress weather, and I’ve been busting out a few of my favorites from last year – as well as adding a few new looks to my closet, too. I recently scooped up a few trendy dresses at my local Meijer store in Chicago, and not only are they super cute, but they’re affordable too! To celebrate the weather, here are a few of my favorite looks for the season at a price that can’t be beat.

Striped for Summer


I’m a big sucker for stripes 365 days of the year, but there’s something about the perfect striped dress for summer that gets me extra excited. I’ve never met a stripe I don’t like, and when I spotted this blue and white nautical number at Meijer, I knew I had to add it to my closet ASAP. It’s perfect for weekends walking around Chicago neighborhoods, or even for more casual days around the office. Paired with a fresh pair of tennis shoes and a statement gold necklace (both from Meijer), I’m ready to tackle my day in the perfect comfy look.

Boho Vibes

This season is all about putting embroidery on everything – and honestly, I’m not mad about it. As a flower child at heart, finding the perfect bohemian dress at a steal was like hitting the jackpot, and I absolutely adore this classic, loose fitting dress for summer traveling and exploring the city. It’s comfy, flattering and looks good with a simple pair of sandals and a delicate gold necklace. It’s important to not go too overboard with a dress that’s all about the little details – you always want to make sure the embroidery steals the show!

Chambray Chic

Chambray is one of those trends that will always be in style, so whenever I find a beautiful, light chambray dress, I can’t help but make a home for it in my closet. I recently found this one at Meijer and loved the flattering cut and the tulip sleeved detailing (one of summer’s hottest dress trends this year!) I paired the look with a chunky rose gold necklace and this beautiful fringe purse I also scored for a steal at Meijer – isn’t it gorgeous?!

Tied in a Knot

This is one of those new-to-me trends that I’ve been loving these days, and dresses and shirts with a little knot are the perfect, casual look for spring and summer. It’s a minor detail, but adding a knot creates a cute cinched waist look with your favorite cotton dresses. I found this striped version at Meijer and knew that I had to have it for summer – especially with the $20 price tag! It’s perfect with metallic flats and my new go-to fringe purse I’m planning to rock all season long.

Have any summer trends you’re living for these days? Please share! We’d also love to know what Meijer summer pieces you’ve scooped up this season so far!

Maya is the fashionista behind Charmingly Styled, a Chicago life and style blog dedicated to the little charms that make life so good. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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