Little white dresses are to summer as capes are to André Leon Talley—essential. I’d like to get away with wearing one all season long, so with a somewhat selfishly motivated bent, I wanted to see if it was possible to make them work for any occasion, from a conservative office to a laid-back weekend. Click through now to see how to make the LWD your summer MVP.
3 Effortless Ways to Style Your Little White Dress
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For The Office:
Nothing feels fresher than an all-white ensemble. For the workplace, make sure your dress has a high-enough neckline (about three inches below the collarbone is ideal) and a low-enough hemline (nothing more than a few inches above the knee).
What I Wore:
French Connection Isabela Drape Jacket ($248) in Winter White; Everlane The Silk Round Collar Shirt ($78) in Marigold; Le Fou by Wilfred Hymne Dress ($295) in Linum; Tory Burch Charlene Caged Sandals ($206) in Natural; Zac Zac Posen Daphne Satchel ($395,800.423.6335) in Cielo; Fendi Oversized Mirror Wayfarer Sunglasses ($340) in Brown Beige Havana; Nixon Small Kensington Watch ($175) in Rose Gold; Miansai Rose Gold Tarn Cuff ($215); Sarah Chloe Lily Solid Heart Necklace ($119).
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I have yet to wear a blazer without scrunching the sleeves. The easy styling trick adds a lived-in look to my outfit that I love.
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Since my dress is a bit flowy, topping it with a structured blazer lends the look a professional feel.
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As of late, adding an unbuttoned collared shirt is one of my favorite unexpected layering techniques. The rich caramel hue makes sure I don’t look washed out in my predominately white outfit.
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A structured bag is always on-point at the office, and the powder blue color feels right for summer.
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For A Night Out:
Sure, shirtdresses are usually reserved for daytime, but I’m all for dressing it up for an evening out. With slits on the side and a cutout in the back, it’s alluring in a slightly tomboyish way. If you're feeling extra daring, wear an oversized shirt as a dress, like I did. Just belt it at the waist to keep your figure.
What I Wore:
Ellery Samara Oversized Shirt ($545, 214.559.4510); Stuart Weitzman Nudist High Heels ($398) in Black Goosebump; DKNY Neoprene Mesh Clutch ($115, 800.231.0884); Miu Miu Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($290); B-Low The Belt Lexi Belt ($160) in Black; Monica Vinader Baja Ring ($180) in Gold and Black Onyx; Jennifer Zeuner Kristen Circle Necklace ($154) in Gold Vermeil; Catbird Dark & Stormy Star Ring ($122); Jezebel Diamond Evil Eye Ring ($324); Catbird Teardrop Ring ($198) in Opal.
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I’m such a sucker for an unexpected cutout.
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For the moment, I’m stashing my statement heels in favor of a cleaner two-strap stiletto.
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It seems like I’ll never tire of the stacked rings trend.
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A sporty neoprene bag underscores the sleek vibe.
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For The Weekend:
After a workweek in heels and blazers, I’m more than ready to swap in sneakers and my most casual LWD come Saturday. My favorite silhouette is loose fitting with a short hemline, which is ideal for indulgent brunches and running around town, while still looking stylish.
What I Wore:
K-Way Claudette Klassic Jacket ($54) in Smurf Blue; Lovers + Friends I Heart Babydoll Dress ($152) available in Abstract Floral; H&M Shoes ($25, 855.466.7467); DKNY Neoprene Mesh Backpack ($225, 800.231.0884); Sunday Somewhere Alita Sunglasses ($265) available in Matte Leopard Demi and Black; Dannijo Pico Bracelet ($220) in Silver; Jennifer Zeuner Stacy 1 Diamond Bangle ($176) in Sterling Silver; Jennifer Zeuner Danielle Necklace ($88) in Rose Vermeil; The 2Bandits Rigby Bangle Set ($128); Iwona Ludyga Aztec Three Part Triple Bracelet ($169).
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These crocodile-embossed slip-on sneakers feel like a fashionable take on the skater staple.
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May I suggest a drop-waist shape for your off-duty LWD? The relaxed fit is as comfortable as it is stylish.
Do you own a LWD you love? Let us know in the comments below!
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Although I usually favor gold jewelry, there’s something about silver baubles that matches the laid-back vibe of a weekend outfit.
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Going hands-free is a bit of luxury for a purse-toting girl like me, and it’s especially easy when the carrier in question is as cute as this mesh backpack.