Now that the temperatures are finally going up (and staying there), it’s time to start thinking about firing up those grills and opening up those balconies and patios for evening get-togethers and meals. And whether you’re planning on hosting or attending, you’ll want to be armed with casual outfits for the summer dinners that’ll happen at any moment.
Given the casual nature of summer dinners, where you’ll most likely be sitting outdoors and enjoying warm nights, friends, and food, creating a casual look that won’t compromise your personal style is essential.
To keep you from stressing out about a chic and laid-back look for the evening, we’re taking inspiration from our favorite fashion girls for looks that can easily be re-created for any casual evening event. With everything from lightweight dresses and tees to leather and denim jackets for when it gets chilly, the only thing you’ll have to think about is enjoying your dinner.
A breezy summer dress will be perfect for dinner. When it gets colder, throw on a black denim jacket for contrast.
A nice change from your standard blue jean jacket.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
There’s a reason jeans, a tee, and a biker jacket are the uniform for casual nights. This look never gets old.
You can’t go wrong with these.
Available in sizes 6 to 12.
Want to make a dress more casual? A pair of Converse high-tops will do just the trick.
You’ll look street style–ready in this summer dress.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
If you still want to be on the dressier side, a lace camisole will keep you cool while also making your ensemble a little more elevated.
This will look so pretty with a pair of jeans.
Available in sizes S to L.
Nothing says “casual” like an oversize linen button-down shirt and a linen gauze skirt. You’ll be sipping those margaritas with your friends in no time.
Everyone needs a classic white shirt.
Available in sizes 10 to 18.
We love a good denim-on-denim look. Use high-waisted wide-leg jeans for a more summery vibe. Then add a pop of color with your purse.
These will feel so comfortable.
Available in sizes 23 to 32.
A floral dress is perfect for any occasion, including a casual dinner. Dress it down with simple slides or sandals.
We’ll take any way to dress like the French.
Available in sizes FR 34 to FR 40.
Gingham is one of the quintessential prints for summer, and wearing it into the evening for dinner will keep you in the mood for a picnic. Throw on a denim jacket when it gets colder or if you want to add more texture.
You can never have too many denim jackets
Available in sizes IT 36 to IT 46.
If you’re someone who prefers to stay in a more monochromatic look through the season, a pair of pinstripe pants with a white tee will give you a foolproof summer look. Seal the deal with a cool biker jacket.
Give your outfits an edge of cool.
Available in sizes 1 to 3.
A white dress is suitable for any summer dinner, whether it’s an evening garden party or a barbecue. Choose a pair of colorful shoes to give it an extra pop.
Available in sizes 2 to 3.
Who doesn’t love a striped dress for the summer? Let your dress be the star of the show and wear a simple pair of espadrilles. You’ll easily be able to walk a mile in these wedges.
These will be so comfortable.
Available in sizes IT 35 to IT 41.
A lightweight ruffled dress will give you a romantic look without putting too much effort into your ensemble. Dress it down with a pair of fun flats and a patterned bag.
Wear this to a casual dinner or to a wedding.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
A denim pencil skirt will give your summer ensemble a feel of polish, without getting into the more formal materials. Play with different shades of denim if you want to add dimension to your look.
A denim pencil skirt adds instant polish.
Available in sizes UK 6 to UK 14.
Pair a plain white tee with belted denim jeans for a look that will be laid-back, comfortable, and put-together. It’ll instantly be a go-to look.
Available in sizes XS to L.
If you haven’t heard, corduroys are back in style. If you’re wearing a colorful pair, keep everything else on the simple side with a heather gray T-shirt and a denim jacket.
This will be so comfortable.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Want to steer away from a pair of jeans for dinner? Khaki trousers will give your look instant polish without getting too formal. Throw on a denim shirt and a scarf to contrast the color.
Yes, khaki can be chic.
Available in sizes 4 to 10.
These genius outfits will give you an effortlessly cool look for any summer dinner.