Fashion Trend Forecast: Casual Chic Dresses

When thinking about the clothes we wanted to design for the New Year, we knew that staying cozy was important. 2020 was the year of sweatpants and hoodies. 2021 is all about dressing comfortably in casual chic.


Our Connected Apparel design team sat down and decided that what we really needed was a casual dress collection that centered around looking effortlessly fabulous. We also wanted a collection of styles that could travel with you from your couch to your office, without ever sacrificing your comfort. So, this new Pre-Spring 2021 collection we’re calling “The Casual Edit.”


Our motto: minimum effort, maximum style.

With expertly crafted silhouettes and deliciously cozy fabrics, these casual dresses are endlessly versatile and enviously casual chic. So whether you’re spending time at home with the family or heading out for a socially distant meetup with friends, you’re guaranteed to feel comfortable. And they’re machine washable so you can wear them again and again.


Here are three of our favorite casual dresses styled by the women of Connected Apparel! 



Just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you can’t look casually chic. 2020 taught us that even the simplest errand deserves a fabulous outfit. 

Here, Adriana Balaban, wife of our CEO Jay, wears our Izzy Sweater Dress in a heathered grey color. Izzy is the perfect canvas to a casual look. The delicately sewn tiers make this fit and flare dress figure flattering in all the right places. The knee length dress hemline perfectly compliments her silhouette. And the matching ruffle on the end of the ¾ sleeves adds a little flirtatious flair. Adding hints of silver and white with accessories gives this cute sweater knit dress a more elevated feel.


Oh, and did we mention Izzy has pockets? Now this is a look you’ll be running (or casually strolling) to the grocery store in season after season. 



Used to reaching for blacks and greys when dressing cozy? Why not try a little color?

Trying new plaids and colors can be overwhelming, especially when you’re not used to it. Luckily, our Maggie Plaid Knee Length Sweater Dress in a subtle dusty rose pink color is the perfect casual dress to try out. Missy, CA’s Marketing Coordinator, styles the Maggie with boots for an easy yet cozy day to night look. 


Our Maggie dress is expertly tailored and is a best seller season after season. This casual dress features a fit and flare silhouette that is flattering to women from petite to plus size. Not to mention the ultra soft fabric is perfect for curling up on your couch with a cup of tea or going shopping with friends. Pair this comfy plaid Little Knit Dress with knee high boots for a sophisticated yet super stylish look. Or accessorize with your favorite gold hoops and a smile!


New Year, new midi dress! (Yes, we are still obsessed!)

From long days on Zoom to brunch with friends, the Quinn Midi Length Casual Dress in dusty aqua is the definition of a casual look. Terry, CA’s Fit Model & Assistant to the CEO, proves that this midi dress goes a long way. 


With a comfortable round neckline and ¾ length sleeves, Quinn is the perfect balance between sophisticated and cozy. The midi dress hemline compliments women of all shapes and sizes while the fabric hugs your body without ever feeling constricting. We love the slit in the dress overlay because it is figure flatter and adds movement to the hemline. Whether you pair this dreamy casual chic dress with



Loved these casual chic looks? Then you’ll want to shop the entire Casual Dress Edit for more cute casual sweater dresses and loungewear. 

LENA DUSTY PINK PLAID FITTED SWEATER DRESS

MAGGIE DUSTY PINK PLAID KNEE LENGTH SWEATER DRESS

MAGGIE DUSTY BLUE PLAID KNIT SWEATER DRESS

MILLY DUSTY PURPLE PLAID SHORT SWEATER DRESS

ERIKA DUSTY PURPLE PLAID MIDI SWEATER DRESS

ERIKA SEAFOAM BLUE SWEATER KNIT MIDI DRESS

SLOANE PINK LONG SLEEVE SWEATER KNIT DRESS

IZZY GREY SWEATER KNIT KNEE LENGTH DRESS

CLAIRE PINK SHORT SLEEVE LAYERED CASUAL DRESS

QUINN DUSTY BLUE MIDI LENGTH CASUAL DRESS

QUINN NAVY LAYERED CASUAL MIDI DRESS

SELINA NAVY BLUE TERRY SHORT SLEEVE DRESS

CLAIRE PINK SHORT SLEEVE LAYERED CASUAL DRESS

QUINN DUSTY BLUE MIDI LENGTH CASUAL DRESS

ABIGAIL BLACK HIGH NECK LONG SLEEVE SWEATER DRESS

Leanna wearing the Erika Seafoam Blue Sweater Knit Midi Dress

DUSTY PINK MASK VARIETY PACK (3-PACK)

SEAFOAM BLUE FACE MASK VARIETY PACK (3-PACK)

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