Everyone has that one piece of clothing they’re guilty of buying one too many of. Maybe it's one too many pairs of jeans? (Guilty.) Or white T-shirts? (Double guilty.) Or maybe you have a thing for white dresses? (Well, three’s a guilt-ridden charm!) Undeniably, my penchant for white dresses exceeds all my other sartorial obsessions now that the air is balmy, the sun is in fine form, and summer has officially arrived. And nothing says summer quite like a breezy and beautiful light frock. For the beach, for vacation, for the weekend, and for work, a white dress can solve any dressing dilemma.
Whether it’s a plain linen midi dress, a pretty broderie anglaise mini, or a flattering wrap silhouette, this season I’m drawn to dresses that are effortless but have the ability to be dressed up or down with ease. Bonus if they have simple yet striking detailing—puff sleeves and smocking are my jam right now.
Below, I’m sharing some of my favorites I’ve been wearing on repeat lately as well the chicest picks I’ve been eyeing for the sunny season ahead.
This is one of my absolute favorite white dresses for summer. The lace detailing is delicate and romantic while the linen fabric is perfect for sweltering heat. I also love that you can dress this up or down easily with the simple addition of heeled strappy sandals and earrings. The pinched waist is also super flattering.
Romantic ruffles! Flattering smocking! Pretty puff-sleeves! Sign me up. This sweet little mini is the perfect vacation dress made of lightweight linen to beat the heat the in style. Celebs and fashion girls have been loving the charming frock (Irina Shayk was recently spotted in the sage green version in Florence.) Be warned: It is rather short, so I'd recommend pairing it with sporty sandals rather than heels.
This flattering wrap dress has been in my closet since last summer and is a versatile and pretty frock to take you from beach to bar. I occasionally wear it open as a chic cover-up over my swimsuit, or I pair it with nude heels or espadrilles to take me into the evening.
I absolutely adore the beautiful billowy sheer sleeves and the chic neckline of this flattering fit-and-flare dress. It's perfect for summer evening soirées paired with chic kitten heel mules. It exudes an air of elegance yet is still perfectly suitable for more casual affairs when paired with flat sandals and shell jewelry.
I like to call this my sleep dress–meets–farmers market frock. The billowy tiered dress is perfect for relaxed settings when you're looking for something effortless and you don't want to think about sucking in the whole day after a plate of pancakes at brunch. Give the bouncy dress a cool-girl edge by pairing it with chunky, sporty sandals.
Okay so this is definitely not a dress I wear on repeat. It's far too nice and delicate for weekly use. But for a special summer event (fancy summer parties, baptisms, engagement parties, weddings—as in your own because—it would make for one really pretty casual wedding dress), this is absolute perfection. The lace detailing is exquisite (it almost looks vintage), and it incites so many compliments every time I wear it. Trust me, you'll feel so incredibly pretty in this stunner. If you're looking for a special white dress, this is it.
Shop more of my favorite white dresses for summer:
A sleek and modern silhouette for summer days and nights.
The perfect laid back dress for summer lounging.
So many pretty details.
Your summer date-night dress, found.
The square neckline and voluminous puff sleeves are a perfect combination.
My favorite new brand for timeless, high quality fabric dresses that will last you a lifetime.
Loving the subtle polka-dots.
A cover-up, a nightie, a beach dress—this pretty lace frock is for every casual summer occasion.
The sweetest little white sundress for summer.
Just add flat tan sandals and a raffia bag.