Thorough Guide of Little White Dress: This Is Why You Must Have It In Your Wardrobe

By Kaia Saunders / April 11, 2017
White shirt dresses look fabulous with sneakers

We all know and love the little black dress. It’s a favorite of the fashion world, every woman’s go-to for any occasion and it never goes out of style.

But, as dependable as the LBD is, can you wear it when temperatures are rising, and it’s hot and humid outside? Probably not!

 

In comes its white counterpart aka the little white dress or the “LWD”. The little white dress has been slowly climbing the popularity ladder and with good reason. It is the perfect alternative to the LBD, in that it is just as versatile (if not more), comfortable to wear (especially in the summer) and looks fabulous no matter how you wear it.

And best of all, it keeps you cool! So, embrace the LWD this spring and summer and make it your new best friend. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Little White Dress styles

Let’s start off by talking about some of our favorite styles of little white dresses for the year and the best body shapes for each of these dresses.

Shift Dresses

The humble shift dress is everyone's favorite!Photo: popmiss.com

Shift dresses are absolutely iconic if nothing else. They have this cute 60s vibe about them, and as you know, everything retro is back in trend.

True to its name, the shift dress is breathable and easy to move in which is a blessing during summer. After all, no one likes sticky thighs! The best part about shift dresses is that they are forgiving of all your flaws and look good on practically anyone, especially those with athletic, straight bodies.

A white shift dress is perfect for casual occasions, daytime events, and lazy weekend brunches.

Dress up a plain white shift dress with a cool jacketPhoto: eonline.com

Here’s one way to take your shift dress to the next level. Pair it with an attractive striped jacket, heels, and a boxy clutch. We love this look for brunch or even a day at the races!

A shift dress with ankle boots is a winning combinationPhoto: glamradar.com

If a shift dress is too plain for you, wear it with a pair of leopard print ankle boots to make it a show-stopping look. For some added 90s flair, tie a jacket around your waist.

Bodycon Dresses

Bodycon dresses make you look and feel instantly sexy!Photo: wachabuy.com

Unlike shift dresses, bodycon dresses are not everyone’s cup of tea. They hug you in all the right places and show off your curves, so only dare to wear the bodycon dress if you are a 100 percent comfortable with your body.

This one is best saved for women with hourglass figures. White bodycon dresses look amazing when worn to parties, date nights, and when you go clubbing!

A turtleneck bodycon dress will transform you into a diva.Photo: Tumblr

While bodycon dresses are sexy, there’s always the danger of it crossing over into the “sleazy” category. A turtleneck bodycon dress ensures that you keep it sexy without going over the top!

Midi length dresses are very much in vogue right nowPhoto: laceandlocks.com

A midi length dress is another great way to wear a bodycon dress and look classy at the same time! We love the addition of a thin belt and black heels that transform an otherwise plain look into perfect evening wear.

Fit and Flare Dresses

Fit and flare dresses are beautifully vintage!Photo: Pinterest

As the name suggests, a fit and flare dress will cinch in your waist and flare out at the bottom. We love the ladylike, vintage silhouette of fit and flare dresses.

These look great on practically anyone as they emphasize the smallest part of your body, but are probably best avoided by women who are bottom heavy as you don’t want to add bulk to that area.

White fit and flare dresses are beautiful for summer weddings (just make sure they have a print) and other formal events!

Have fun with a playful fit and flare dress with some colorPhoto: Tumblr

While mostly classy, a white fit and flare dress can also be cute and fun. Just choose one like this dress with a bright yellow stripe at the bottom and pair it with metallic shoes. Throw on a blazer and voila!

White dress and nude shoes is a match made in fashion heaven!Photo: Pinterest

There’s nothing classier than a white dress with nude shoes. It’s one of those combinations that you can never go wrong with. Add a maroon clutch for a pop of color, and you’re ready to go.

Shirt Dress

A white shirt dress is timelessPhoto: elle.vn

This menswear-inspired dress is a must-have in every woman’s summer wardrobe.

Shirt dresses are so incredibly versatile, and can easily be worn during the day as well as the night. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they flatter every body type. Wear your white shirt dress whenever and wherever you please!

White shirt dresses look fabulous with sneakersPhoto: closetfulofclothes.com

A white shirt dress is more about comfort than anything else, so take your comfort to the next level by pairing it with quirky metallic sneakers. We also recommend plenty of arm candy and a neon clutch.

Add a pair of gladiator shoes to make your look edgyPhoto: vanessajackman.blogspot.com

Who says a white shirtdress can’t be sexy? All you need to turn up the heat is a pair of gladiator shoes. Talk about an instant transformation!

Strapless Dresses

Strapless dresses are an absolute blessing in the summer!Photo: fashionmumblr.com

Strapless dresses are a summer staple! When it’s hot, all you really want to do is wear something that requires minimal effort.

As long as you have the right bra on, anyone can rock a white strapless dress!

This kind of white strapless dress embodies everything that we look for in the "perfect summer dress". Easy, breezy, and fuss-free.Photo: modernlegacy.com

This kind of white strapless dress embodies everything that we look for in the “perfect summer dress”. It’s a great basic that is both comfortable and easy to style. We also love the thigh high split that makes it more summery than ever!

There's no escaping the off-shoulder dress this seasonPhoto: Tumblr

Off-shoulder dresses are technically strapless and are having such a huge moment right now! They are boho chic and perfect for the girly girl.

Accessorizing your cute white dress

As with any outfit, the right accessories will complete your look and bring it all together.

The great thing about these dresses is that your options are endless when it comes to adding accessories. This means you can have as much fun as you’d like with your look. At the end of the day, that’s what fashion is about, right? Here are some of our favorite ways to accessorize the dress.

Long Earrings and a Tan Bag

White and tan go together like wine and cheese. A boho white dress calls for boho accessories. We love the extra-long earrings and of course the simple tan bagPhoto: lefashion.com

A boho LWD calls for boho accessories. We love the extra-long earrings and of course the simple tan bag. Finish your look with pulled back hair, sunglasses, and red lipstick.

Jacket and Lace-up Boots

Adding color to your little white dress is always a good idea. So, throw on a fun jacket and some lace-up bootsPhoto: guestofaguest.com

As much as we love white dresses, sometimes a girl just needs some color. So, throw on a fun jacket and some lace-up boots. This is also a great look for spring weather when it’s not quite warm yet.

Statement Necklace

The easiest way to dress up your pretty dress is by wearing a statement necklace with it. We love this tribal inspired design, but any statement necklace will make heads turn.Photo: Pinterest

The easiest way to dress up your beautiful dress is by wearing a statement necklace with it. We love this tribal inspired design, but any statement necklace will make heads turn.

Orange Sneakers and a Hairband

What goes best with a comfortable little white dress? Comfortable shoes of course! Colored sneakers are a great way to be stylish and cute!Photo: chicandsequined.com

What goes best with a comfortable little white dress? Comfortable shoes of course! We love these cute sneakers that offer a pop of color and the lovely hairband. It’s the perfect look for a hot day when you’re out and about.

Black Belt and an oversized clutch

Black accessories ALWAYS work with a little white dressPhoto: deavita.com

Although black and white are opposites, they somehow complement each other quite beautifully. Throw on a black belt with your LWD and complete the look with black pumps and an oversized black clutch.

These are just a few of the many, many ways you can accessorize your little dress. So, put on your creativity hat and have fun!