Every woman has a little black dress, but what about little white dresses? This understated style essential is perfect for just about any event, and looks just as elegant and sophisticated as the iconic LBD, if not more. These angelic, feminine dresses should be a staple to every woman’s closet for those days when you need an ethereal boost to your look.
From legendary starlet Marilyn Monroe in her William Travilla halter-neck dress to sultry Courtney Love in her deep-cut Versace plunge dress, Hollywood’s most recognizable leading ladies have strutted out in striking white dresses. Many people think that white dresses are solely for walking down the aisle, but these women proved that classic white dresses can be worn anywhere at anytime while giving off a Goddess vibe.
While most of us have drifted away from white dresses since Bjork’s outrageous “swan” gown, don’t discount the power of the white dress. It’s a timeless look that is here to stay.
It’s a versatile look that can be worn in tons of different style, from short and sweet to flowing maxis, and can be easily embellished with beautiful crochet embroideries and jeweled tones. This legendary style is one of the most intriguing of all of fashion’s looks for its playfulness and endless amounts of styling options that never cease to amaze.
Although the white dress is a classic look, modern spins have been made on it’s style to morph it effortlessly into modern fashion. From boho-chic to edgy skater-style dresses, the white dress has taken a breath of fresh air and has been reborn into a new, reformed life that just about any woman can fit into. It’s ability to stay iconic while being consistently played up is a rare art in fashion, and we have yet to see a season that is complete without a staple white dress.
One of our favorite times to wear white dresses is during the spring. Springtime practically screams white dress for it’s soft, radiant vibe that adds a bit of whimsy to our day-to-day lives. The white dress is an absolute necessity for keeping your springtime style on point, and while it is the perfect dress for every season, it truly shines during this transitional season.
Whether you’re headed to the office or relaxing on a fine spring morning, a white dress can pull together the ultimate spring season look effortlessly. This relaxed color paired with a flowing dress is the ultimate combination for spring style, and should be one of your biggest springtime pieces.
If you’re giving your closet a good spring clean, then we say it’s time to toss away your dark and heavy winter staples and revamp your wardrobe with some of our favorite white dresses. From deep V-necks to free-spirited bohemian maxis, we have some of the most essential white dresses of the season for you to try. So, give your style the femme and delicate change it deserves by creating some of your favorite iconic styles in these white dresses.
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“Please Sir, may I have some more?” No, we’re not going down the Oliver Twist route but peasant fashion is a thing, think bohemian with a side of medieval charm. The Vanessa Seward Éline pleated silk dress is a contemporary outlook on period attire. The peasant dress is characterized by a “folksy” element with provincial aspects and details such as puffed sleeves and a gathered collared just as the Éline dress demonstrates. You may be thinking this looks like a dated frock or Halloween costume but this is indeed a page turner outside of the conventional style norms. The belted waist and pipeline finish on the cufflinks and hemline give this white dress a concurrent feel that is reflective of present day.
The Pablo Picasso
Think eyes wide open; think abstract; think motif. This Fendi cotton dress enables the artist in all of us with a varied hemline and reconstructed finishing that leaves the design aspect up for interpretation. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it will definitely be an attention grabber in one way or another. The draped design feature makes this dress a bit of a mystery reminiscent of a cubist or surrealist piece like that of Pablo Picasso putting pieces of a puzzle together to create the ultimate masterpiece.
The Grecian Goddess
The Grecian approach is quite possibly the most stereotypical option when envisioning the perfect white summer dress. And no, we’re not talking about a toga party at a frat house but something a bit more tasteful and wearable within the public eye. We all want to be the best version of ourselves a la Aphrodite ancient Greek goddess of sex, love and beauty. The Dsquared2 dress has us reciting lyrics of Fleetwood Foxes’ Mykonos as Adonis lays our head with an oil leaf crown for good measure.
Cut It Out
We’ve all seen dresses with cut-out shoulders, but what about cut-out hems? This white dress from Hervé Léger is the ultimate cut-out piece. Featuring stripped away shoulders and hemlines, this piece goes beyond the average contemporary look and flips the whole script on everything we know about the classic cut-out style. Ruffled bottom is held only by a few straps and buckles, and its bondaged detailing is something straight out of a Lady Gaga music video. If you want to give your style a rebellious, badass edge, then do yourself a favor and grab this dress, ASAP.
This white dress from Cushnie Et Ochs gives the average off the shoulder dress a simple switch with a major statement. The halter tie gives this dress a more modern feel, making it the ultimate piece to your contemporary lookbook. The off-white tone of this dress pairs perfectly with the clean-cut rear slit, giving this dress a hint of elegance but still stays playful and casual. This dress should be your next pick for any hot event of the season for it’s cool modern twist on a timeless white dress style. Try pairing this dress with metallic heels to give it a striking air that won’t go unnoticed.
Need something a little SFW? Then this Opening Ceremony shirt-dress will do just the trick. This shirt-dress stays cool and modest with its sleeveless button-down style, and takes an androgynous approach by staying simple with just a clean white color. The mini length and removable collar gives this dress some life and versatility, making it a great day-to-night piece. The rear ruffled style allows this dress to accentuate your body ever so slightly, creating a flattering shape to your silhouette. Step into your next casual Friday in this dress to give your average office apparel a quirky vibe.
This stunning dress from Ellery is decked in fringe detail, complimenting it’s deep V-neck cut. This mid-length dress is perfect for any springtime occasion, and it’s spaghetti-straps allow you to play around with styling and layering. Put a colorful kimono over this dress to create a vibrant, striking look, or wear it on it’s own to show off the beautiful fringe detail as it flows through the warm wind. Whatever you choose, this dress is guaranteed to be a showstopper the minute you step foot out of the house and onto the street.
Short & Sweet
If you’re not into maxi dresses, then we have the perfect little white dress for you. This mini dress by Nicholas has a deep, plunging neckline that’s subtle and slim enough to be tasteful, while the lace sleeves create a soft and innocent touch to the dress. The corded lace detailing give this dress a gorgeous, stand-out design that makes it unique in comparison to any other LWD on the market. The lightweight fabric of this dress also makes it extremely comfortable to wear even during the hottest of springtime days.
The Cold Shoulder
Not afraid to show off some skin? Then this body-con fit jersey dress from Bailey 44 is your perfect match. This dress has a true-white tone with a figure-hugging fit that’s ready for all of the transitional season parties. This one-shoulder dress is complemented with a choker neck to give this dress an added edge, and will work perfectly for any major event or party you’re headed to. Go bold with your nightlife looks and truly own the night in this ready-to-party dress.
This everyday oversized dress by Three Graces London is the ultimate combination of sweet and sexy. It’s angular, anti-fit is perfect for any day-to-day look, and it’s extremely plunging neckline gives it a sexy angle that can’t go ignored. It’s lightweight cotton feel with it’s eyelet finish will give you the ultimate comfort while roaming the streets on a spring afternoon, and can be played up with some wedges or toned down with a pair of your favorite sneakers or slides.
This dress from Markarian spins the classic white halter-top dress with one of the biggest patterns for spring: florals. The cascading, vibrant floral pattern gives this dress a pop of well-deserving color, creating a whimsical feel. The draping back has an elegant attitude that’s ready for any major event, and is perfectly complemented with a bow-tie front to tie together it’s bohemian-chic style. Opt for this white dress if you truly want a gown that can make a statement.
Fit For An Angel
The angelic bell sleeves on this dress, created by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, gives this mini dress a celestial appeal. From the delicate lace paneling to the subtle bow-tie neckline, this is the picturesque dress anyone can have for spring. It’s polka-dot detail gives this innocent dress a fun and modern twist, while staying classy and sophisticated for any outing.
The Working Girl
Need a white dress that’s SFW? This Victoria, Victoria Beckham dress is your answer. It’s cotton-lace pattern gives this white dress a fun and flirty twist, and the touch of black on the neckline makes it feel timeless. It has such a modern feel with a classic air, and still stays polished with it’s mid-length style and wide shoulders.
We just had to round this list up with a white halter dress. This white halter dress from Luisa Beccaria is a true showstopper for it’s tiered, ruffled design that compliments the body perfectly. The eggshell white color is complimented with a small but powerful mint-green tie around the neck, and can be paired with any of your favorite pastel accessories to create a cute and quirky springtime look.