Everyone has that one piece of clothing they’re guilty of buying one too many of. Maybe it’s one too many pairs of jeans? (Guilty.) Or white T-shirts? (Double guilty.) Or maybe you have a thing for white dresses? (Well, three’s a guilt-ridden charm!) Undeniably, my penchant for white dresses exceeds all my other sartorial obsessions now that the air is balmy, the sun is in fine form, and summer has officially arrived. And nothing says summer quite like a breezy and beautiful light frock. For the beach, for vacation, for the weekend, and for work, a white dress can solve any dressing dilemma.
Whether it’s a plain linen midi dress, a pretty broderie anglaise mini, or a flattering wrap silhouette, this season I’m drawn to dresses that are effortless but have the ability to be dressed up or down with ease. Bonus if they have simple yet striking detailing—puff sleeves and smocking are my jam right now.
Below, I’m sharing some of my favorites I’ve been wearing on repeat lately as well the chicest picks I’ve been eyeing for the sunny season ahead.
This is one of my absolute favorite white dresses for summer. The lace detailing is delicate and romantic while the linen fabric is perfect for sweltering heat. I also love that you can dress this up or down easily with the simple addition of heeled strappy sandals and earrings. The pinched waist is also super flattering.
ASOS Sleeveless Lace Insert Midi Dress With Dropped Waist ($60)
Romantic ruffles! Flattering smocking! Pretty puff-sleeves! Sign me up. This sweet little mini is the perfect vacation dress made of lightweight linen to beat the heat the in style. Celebs and fashion girls have been loving the charming frock (Irina Shayk was recently spotted in the sage green version in Florence.) Be warned: It is rather short, so I’d recommend pairing it with sporty sandals rather than heels.
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Faithfull the Brand Cette Mini Dress ($105)
This flattering wrap dress has been in my closet since last summer and is a versatile and pretty frock to take you from beach to bar. I occasionally wear it open as a chic cover-up over my swimsuit, or I pair it with nude heels or espadrilles to take me into the evening.
Mango Wrap Detail Mini Dress ($50)
I absolutely adore the beautiful billowy sheer sleeves and the chic neckline of this flattering fit-and-flare dress. It’s perfect for summer evening soirées paired with chic kitten heel mules. It exudes an air of elegance yet is still perfectly suitable for more casual affairs when paired with flat sandals and shell jewelry.
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Yumi Kim Shore Thing Dress ($86)
I like to call this my sleep dress–meets–farmers market frock. The billowy tiered dress is perfect for relaxed settings when you’re looking for something effortless and you don’t want to think about sucking in the whole day after a plate of pancakes at brunch. Give the bouncy dress a cool-girl edge by pairing it with chunky, sporty sandals.
ASOS Short Sleeve Tiered Cotton Dobby Smock Maxi Dress ($56)
Okay so this is definitely not a dress I wear on repeat. It’s far too nice and delicate for weekly use. But for a special summer event (fancy summer parties, baptisms, engagement parties, weddings—as in your own because—it would make for one really pretty casual wedding dress), this is absolute perfection. The lace detailing is exquisite (it almost looks vintage), and it incites so many compliments every time I wear it. Trust me, you’ll feel so incredibly pretty in this stunner. If you’re looking for a special white dress, this is it.
Self-Portrait Long Swiss Dot Dress with Daisy Lace ($530)
Shop more of my favorite white dresses for summer:
& Other Stories Spaghetti Strap Crepe Midi Dress ($119)
A sleek and modern silhouette for summer days and nights.
ASOS Cami Midi Sundress With Pep Hem in White ($29)
The perfect laid back dress for summer lounging.
& Other Stories Frilled Puff Sleeve Mini Dress ($119)
So many pretty details.
Tularosa Quinn Midi Dress ($168)
Your summer date-night dress, found.
H&M Cotton Poplin Dress ($60)
The square neckline and voluminous puff sleeves are a perfect combination.
Xirena Rumer Dress ($258)
For a picnic, beach day, or weekend road trip.
Lisa Says Gah Agatha Smocked Midi Dress ($228)
Obsessed with a capital O.
Vince Rib Cami Dress ($195)
Simple yet striking.
Tove Studio Ceres Organic Cotton Midi Dress White ($543)
My favorite new brand for timeless, high quality fabric dresses that will last you a lifetime.
Mango Puffed Sleeves Plumeti Dress ($120)
Loving the subtle polka-dots.
Jen’s Pirate Boots Navani Tunic ($187)
A cover-up, a nightie, a beach dress—this pretty lace frock is for every casual summer occasion.
Endless Summer Soakin Up the Sun Mini Dress ($58)
The sweetest little white sundress for summer.
Madewll Button Front Short Sleeve Mini Dress ($90)
Just add flat tan sandals and a raffia bag.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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