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.
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).
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.
Since my dress is a bit flowy, topping it with a structured blazer lends the look a professional feel.
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.
A structured bag is always on-point at the office, and the powder blue color feels right for summer.
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.
I’m such a sucker for an unexpected cutout.
For the moment, I’m stashing my statement heels in favor of a cleaner two-strap stiletto.
It seems like I’ll never tire of the stacked rings trend.
A sporty neoprene bag underscores the sleek vibe.
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).
These crocodile-embossed slip-on sneakers feel like a fashionable take on the skater staple.
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!
Although I usually favor gold jewelry, there’s something about silver baubles that matches the laid-back vibe of a weekend outfit.
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.