Fashion decrees that everyone should own at least one little black dress, but there’s an equally viable case to be made for the little white dress. Not that it has to be little (especially if you’re wearing your LWD in the city rather than at the beach), but as long as it’s crisp and bright white, then you’re good to go. There’s just something unapologetically summer-like and optimistic about this shade, be it lacy and whimsical or linen and minimalist. What’s more, the basic warm-weather staple was a pretty big deal on the S/S 22 runways.
“Much like the majority of the new-season collections, here we have another summer staple, but one that designers have reimagined in line with the ‘keep it simple but never boring’ mantra,” says Who What Wear UK’s editor Emma Spedding. Below, you’ll find an edit of the best white dresses to invest in now that’ll see you through the summer. Before that, however, feast your eyes on the ways influencers wear their little white dresses for all the white-dress outfit inspiration you need.
Puffy sleeves are always a good idea—particularly on white dresses.
Incredibly versatile, white dresses can be dressed up or down.
The trend isn’t limited to midis or maxis—minis also look so striking in white.
Don’t be afraid to contrast your white dress with black accessories.
Metallic accessories will take your little white dress from day to night.
A basket bag and minimalist mules are all you need accessory-wise.
When the chill creeps in, try pairing yours with black outerwear to create a cool monochrome clash.
Oversize silhouettes make this dress trend feel more modern.
Aje is the dress brand to note this summer.
Tie-back details always look so expensive (even when they aren’t).
This dress also comes in a brilliant red.
Style this just like the model has—with simple sandals.
Draping is a key dress trend for 2022.
There’s something so refined about this take on the denim dress.
Yet another Dôen dress that’s on my wish list.
I love the sweet tie-strap detailing on this midi.
A timeless shape that works just as well on holiday as it does home soil.
The white linen dress every fashion editor wants to own.
Just wait until you see the back of this showstopping maxi.
The ultimate beach-to-bar dress.
You can always count on COS to deliver on minimalism.
I have a soft spot for broderie anglaise.
The coolest white minidress around.
This dress was made for black-tie events.
Halterneck styles are hard to come by, so when a good one comes along, you don’t want to let it pass you by.
You can never go wrong with a white shirt dress.
So classic—especially when styled with espadrilles.
Cutouts are also key for summer 2022.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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