13 little white dresses you’ll live in this summer

Julia Webb

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Every woman knows that when you want to look put-together with minimal effort, you throw a dress on. Whether you go with a flowing maxi style or a body-con option, a dress can easily turn your casual look up a few notches. Combine that dress with a pair of heels, jewelry and a fun purse, and you’ve got a great look that was pulled together in just a few minutes.

For most of the year, a little black dress does the trick, but during the summer months, our color palette lightens up a bit and we start to reach for our LWDs, aka little white dresses.

Now, if you’ve always thought that LWDs feel too plain or even too bridal, I have a feeling that you just haven’t found the right one (though I would not recommend wearing this style to a bridal event that isn’t your own). There are a ton of materials and details that can make your white dress stand out, from eyelet and linen to embroidered fabric. For example, I love a fun back design or an unexpected cut-out to keep my LWD from feeling too juvenile.

A white dress also looks gorgeous on every skin tone and seems to just scream “it’s finally summer,” especially when paired with a tan. So if you’re in need of a fresh LWD, keep scrolling to shop 13 of our favorites from brands like Lulu’s, BCBGeneration and Boohoo.

1. Astr The Label Elora Ivory Eyelet Cutout Skater Dress, $128

Credit: Lulu’s

2. BCBGeneration Ruffled Cocktail Dress, $138

Credit: Bloomingdale’s

3. Boohoo Plus Broderie Anglaise Shift Dress, $20 (Orig. $50)

Credit: Boohoo

4. The Line by K Coki Mini Shirt Dress, $196 (Orig. $245)

Credit: Verishop

5. Moon River Babydoll Dress, $136

Credit: Shopbop

6. Speechless Lace Skater Dress, $35.40 (Orig. $59)

Credit: Nordstrom

7. Lulu’s Shift and Shout Ivory Shift Dress, $49

Credit: Lulu’s

8. Majorelle Birdie Mini Dress, $148

Credit: Revolve

9. 1. STATE Lace-Detail A-Line Dress, $139

Credit: Bloomingdale’s

10. English Factory Lace Trim Dress, $80

Credit: Shopbop

11. Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress, $39.90 (Orig. $56)

Credit: Nordstrom

12. LPA Jaxton Dress, $178

Credit: Revolve

13. Bianca White Faux Wrap Belted Mini Dress, $129

Credit: Lulu’s

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