Little White Dress

What would a summer wardrobe be without the perfect Little White Dress (or LWD in fashion-speak)? For me, this tailored eyelet sheath had my name on it. And at a super sale price, it just might be my style score of the season.

I first spotted this dress in store and bought it on the spot. It’s feminine, fitted, and finished with the kind of tailored details you don’t see that much anymore. I especially love the set-in grosgrain waistband and ruffled shoulder straps. But I didn’t try it on until I got home, and that’s when I decided that at 5′ 8″ a Tall would suit be better. I have long arms and legs but I’m also long-waisted, so I often choose this online option offered by brands like Banana Republic, Madewell and Ann Taylor. Best of all, when I logged onto the site it was on sale. So, I bought it twice but kept it once!

I’ve styled it very simply here, with mostly all white accessories — slide sandals, wristlet bag, enamel bangles and feathered-and-beaded earrings. But…I could see it paired with neutrals or dressed up with black. Bright yellow or red would add a fun color pop as well. And when the temps dip you could layer on a jean jacket for a festival vibe or grab a pretty shrug or shawl. Come Fall, I might even go for a Royal Tenenbaum take and wear it with a tissue-thin black turtleneck, black tights, and black booties. We shall see if I’m daring enough!

All of which means that a Little White Dress might just be the fashion refresh you too have been looking for. And with sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (July 12-18) and Amazon Prime Days (July 15-16), you can have your LWD and save, too.

Dress: (Banana Republic, I am wearing a size 4Tall, now 66% off and going fast!) Also love this, this and this.

Sandals: (Vince Camuto, sold out) but love this toe-loop version and this one with an earthy wood grain heel.

Wristlet: (Kate Spade, old) Love this (ruffles), this (white and gold and 50% off until 7/14!) and this (under $13!).

Bangles: (old) Similar here and here (available monogrammed or engraved, too!).

Earrings: (I didn’t get these fantastic Yoruba creatures on sale, but you can here). Also like these (on sale too!) and these.

Photos by MP Allegaert and Kristin Moore-Gantz (@artdirecthis)

9 thoughts on “Little White Dress

  1. In the “dog days” of summer, white is such a positive “anti-color”! Whatever your accessories: beach, pool, CC or simply entertaining at home. Just add what feels right. The idea is just be comfortable!

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