Nothing is more wearable this season than the Little White Dress, summer’s answer to the LBD. Whether you want to look chic and casual for a picnic in the sun or white hot at a summer party (and yes, you can wear a LWD to a wedding), the little white dress is the seasonal essential. Think LWD’s are one-note? Think again—the LWD can be demure, athletic, edgy, glam, or even iconic (Marylin Monroe’s white halter dress, anyone?). Get inspired by Taylor Swift, Cody Horn, and Alexa Chung’s LWD looks, which are as perfectly chic as they are easy to pull off.
Tip #1: Go demure-meets-edgy in a LWD with side cut-outs.
A LWD might seem like the pinnacle of innocence, but Taylor Swift added an edge to the look with a flirty dress at the Teen Choice Awards. The singer took a break from the colorful retro party dresses and sleek bangs we’ve gotten used to seeing her in, wearing a beautifully draped LWD and side-swept ‘do. Her Maria Lucia Hohan dress’ side cut-outs showed some skin, and Swift completed the romantic look with pearly accessories.
1. Coast Batilda Clutch – $75; 2. Alice McCall Anais Dress in Silk Cotton with Cutwork Bodice – %571.67; 3. Jane Norman Leaf and Stone Detail Earrings – $9.40; 4. Rare Halter Neck Dress – $70.76; 5. Beige Patent Leather 125mm Sandals – $41
Tip #2: Score style points in an athletic-inspired LWD.
Athletic-inspired fashion is huge this season and sporting an athletic LWD is an instant way to get of-the-moment style. Actress Cody Horn wore an appropriately sporty LWD by Cushnie et Ochs to the ESPY Awards, adding a feminine touch with strappy sandals that matched the black piping on the dress. Get inspired by chic tennis whites and pick a dress with details like stretchy materials, exposed zippers, sporty stripes, mesh, or a halter neckline for a winning athletic look.
1. Forever 21 Contrast Trim Cutout Shift Dress – $27.80; 2. Alexia Admore Cut Out Shift – $221; 3. Tobi Strapping Banded Mesh Dress – $71; 4. Alexander Wang White Matte Tricot Netting Combo Long Tank Dress – $180; 5. Zara Shiny Heel Strappy Sandal – $129
Tip #3: Combine two white pieces for a LWD lookalike.
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You don’t have to rush out and buy a brand new LWD to get this look—all you need are two chic white pieces from your closet. Alexa Chung wore white on top and bottom to create the effect of a LWD at the amfAR Gala. The style-setter combined a white silk top and a leather studded skirt, both from Louis Vuitton Spring 2012, into one luxe LWD look.
1. Mint Velvet Silk T-Shirt – $86.50; 2. Ports 1961 Pleated Silk-Satin Top – $158; 3. Marni Knee Length Skirt – $348; 4. Topshop All Over Flower Skirt – $55; 5. J. Crew Everly Cap Top Leather Pumps – $258