The Understated Summer Dress Fashion People Always Wear With Sandals


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Since the official start of summer, I can count on one hand the amount of times I've worn a pair of jeans, and so strong is my commitment to embracing the seasonal aesthetic that even a closed-toe shoe feels like too much. I've even worn sandals in the drizzle (sad, but true). The truth is, there's something about summer dressing that calls for stripping things back—both literally and figuratively.

When the good old British weather does eventually pull through and we have a good run of sunny, blue skies and warm days, the last thing you want to do is plan complicated outfits. So, it might be stating the obvious, but the right formula is the key to an easy styling win. 

What do fashion's best dressed wear when summer rolls around? It goes without saying, but you'll find a good pair of sandals in every well-balanced summer wardrobe, and the right pair can be worn with dozens of different outfits, especially a pair of versatile flats. And right now it would seem that everyone is wearing sandals with one classic piece in particular, and it's likely you already have one in your wardrobe. Enter, the white summer dress. 

Simple, chic and always effective, the white-dress-and-sandals combo is the effortless, throw-on-and-go staple that we've been wearing forever, and it's still top of the list for celebrities, editors and influencers alike. Whether you prefer bandeau, slip, puff-sleeved, mini or sweeping maxi dresses, there's a style for everyone. Just add a pair of sandals and you're ready to go.

Below, you'll see how some our favourite content creators are wearing their white dresses and sandals, and keep scrolling for our pick of the best white dresses and sandals that you can shop now. Bring on the sunshine. 



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Style Notes: Take tips from Who What Wear UK columnist Monikh on how to make a simple linen dress feel dressy with just strappy sandals and a statement clutch. 


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Style Notes: Pretty dresses call for elegant, barely-there sandals and a large tote. 


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Style Notes: Maximalists can bring colour to an all-white look by adding some bright sandals. 


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Style Notes: If there's an outfit that doesn't work with black leather sandals, I'm yet to find it. A case in point: Marianne Smyth's billowy cotton dress. 


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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.