15 Beautiful Casual Dresses and the Best Shoes to Wear With Them

Casual dress with sneakers



Since I'm a fashion editor, I am always planning ahead. Summer may be far away, but I want us to walk into June well prepared, so listen up. Class is in session, and I'm ready to teach you the best shoes to wear with dresses if you have a vacation coming up or are lucky enough to live in a warm climate. I am known to slowly build my next-season wardrobe using the storage boxes underneath my bed and suggest everyone else does too. This is the best way to guarantee you'll walk into summer fashion with an A+.

I don't consider myself a big dress wearer, but every time I start planning my warm-weather wardrobe, I suddenly become someone who wears dresses (at least a few times a month, that is). But since summer-dress outfits are so very simple, the key to a great summer-dress outfit is the shoes you wear with it. That's where I come in.

While you could just grab your casual dress of choice and throw on the first pair of summer shoes you see, there are many different types of summer shoes and many different types of casual summer dresses to wear with them, so I'm here to provide a little guidance in case you happen to love any of the 15 beautiful dresses featured below. Keep scrolling to shop the combinations you're sure to love as much as I do.

The Dress: Baby-Doll

Baby-doll dresses work best with flat sandals. It's even better if they're a chic ankle-wrap version.

The Dress: Backless Midi

Add some height when wearing a backless midi dress via a pair of block-heeled sandals.

The Dress: Loungeworthy Maxi

Dress this up with the right heeled sandals, and you'll have yourself a match made in heaven.

The Dress: Puff-Sleeve Midi

Ground a chic midi with sturdy leather-strapped sandals.

The Dress: Floral-Print Bustier

Delicate toe-ring sandals complement this trendy style beautifully.

The Dress: Ribbed Tank

Embrace the comfortable-chic look by pairing this knit tank dress with white sneakers.

The Dress: Colorful Slip

White sandals enhance the colors in this slip dress perfectly.

The Dress: Shirtdress

Go with the casual vibes of this white maxi dress via a pair of Birkenstocks.

The Dress: Milkmaid Mini

Do as a fashion girl would and wear this milkmaid dress with a pair of equally on-trend platform thong sandals.

The Dress: Animal-Print Maxi

Being bold is always a good idea. A statement dress looks great with classic heels, and the below pair will match any dress, so stock up on multiple colors.

The Dress: Denim Mini

A relaxed denim dress with good boots never fails.

The Dress: Sleek Midi
The Dress: Tiered Mini

Dress down this tiered minidress with a pair of braided flat sandals.

The Shoes: The New Espadrilles
The Dress: Knit Maxi

If you're going to wear green, you might as well wear equally fun shoes.

The Dress: Utility Chic

The obsession happening over this dress on social media is contagious. Try layering a turtleneck underneath for colder months.

Next up, My Job Is to Write About Trends—Here Are the 5 I'm Actually Running Around In

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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