For decades we’ve praised the little black dress. And sure, it’s classic and versatile, but who wants to wear black when the sun is shining and it’s over 90 degrees outside? For such occasions, a different shade is appropriate, which is why today, we’re choosing to honor the little white dress.
Airy and delicate, white dresses are unmatched when it comes to warm weather fashion. They’re the perfect canvas to create an outfit from whether formal or casual and between minis and maxis and lace and linen, there’s an abundance of options to choose from.
Which leads us to our next point: Where should one go to find their ideal little white dress? And also, can we make “LWD” a thing? While we’re not sure about the latter, we do know that you’re right where you need to be if you’re looking for your next favorite (white) dress.
How We Found The Best White Dresses
Here’s what we know about white dresses: They can’t be see-through and they have to be flattering, otherwise you’ll feel like a sad ghost under a bed sheet on Halloween. We also know that the 10 dresses below are sure to please on both accounts. How do we know this? Because we used our algorithm (a data-powered tool that uses information like reviews, recommendations, and social buzz) to find and rank the styles below. So with that, scroll on for an unbiased ranking of the 10 best white dresses money can buy.
Next up, check out the 10 Best Wrap Dresses. Opening image: oldnavy.com
April 20, 2022
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BP. Shirred Puff Sleeve Cotton Prairie Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: A ruffled square neckline combined with puff sleeves is a recipe for romantic, easy style. And we just know that ruched smock waist was made to flatter. Not to mention, this short white dress is made from 100% cotton, which means you’ll have a go-to cute outfit this summer that won’t result in you feeling like a sweaty mess.
STYLE TIP: Turn this dress into a flirty off-the-shoulder number by slightly pushing the sleeves down your arms.
FancyInn Cute Shift Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s obvious that this dress is cute—it’s right there in the name. But it also has a few tricks up its lovely little sleeves; most importantly, it has pockets. And if you love the lightweight feel of this white dress, you can buy a backup in one of the 30 different color and pattern varieties it’s available in.
USER REVIEW: “I just had a baby and also just finished eating my body weight in food, and still, this dress looks flattering on me. I also found this little gem has pockets. It was delivered today, I put it on, and I'm planning my whole life around this dress from today forward. Buy. This. Dress. In all the colors.”
Old Navy Short-Sleeve Tiered Slub-Knit Mini Swing Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Casual and cool, this tiered white dress with short sleeves from Old Navy is the perfect thing to throw on at the last minute as you head out the door. It lives somewhere between a T-shirt dress and a sundress, which makes it a versatile style that can be dressed up or down.
STYLE TIP: Take this dress up a notch with heeled sandals and statement earrings.
Madewell Sophia Midi Dress In Seersucker Check
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Planning on frolicking in a field of flowers anytime soon? If your answer is yes, you’ll need Madewell’s Sophia Dress for maximum ~vibes~. Dreamy and feminine, this white midi dress has a fitted waistline, cinched puff sleeves, and a tie neckline.
USER REVIEW: “I’ve been searching for the perfect white summer dress, and after five returned dresses at different stores, I was pleasantly surprised with this dress. As someone who wears more modest clothing, I love the adjustable neckline. It’s fully lined so you don’t have to worry about it being see through, and the check pattern adds enough interest to make it more than a plain white dress. I’ll be wearing this all summer for sure!”
ASTR The Label Lace A Line Midi Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: We know there’s at least one of you out there who is saying, “Finally, lace!” Honestly, we are too after taking in the beauty that is this white lace midi dress. It has a plunging neckline, a peekaboo lace overlay, and in addition to the hidden zipper in the back, the straps are adjustable.
STYLE TIP: This dress is formal enough that it could be worn for a warm-weather event with strappy heels and simple jewelry. For a more casual ‘fit, try pairing it with an oversized jean jacket and platform sneakers.
Loveshackfancy Natasha Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Loveshackfancy does not hold back with its designs. Founder Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s vision for the brand is to make clothes designed for “...dancing barefoot in the garden under the moonlit summer night." They’re right on target, because the Natasha mini dress is made for movement with all its ruffles and tiers.
WHAT ELSE TO KNOW: Reviewers mention that this dress runs short, so if you’re on the tall side, it might be a good idea to wear something that offers coverage underneath (such as spandex).
WAYF Plaza Cut Out Tiered Maxi Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This long white dress with puff sleeves from WAYF has a sexy little secret: cutouts along the sides of the waistline. The subtle showing of skin adds just the right amount of oomph to this otherwise timeless and delicate style.
STYLE TIP: Lately, we’re loving the look of heeled boots peeking out from under a long dress. Just add a chunky chain necklace, and you’ve got a trendy ensemble.
Staud Swells Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Just one word comes to mind: wow. We’ll try to find a few more, though, because STAUD’s Swells Dress is worth talking about. It has elbow-length puff sleeves, a scoop neckline, and a flowy skirt, but the real star of this long white dress is undeniably the corset-style bodice.
USER REVIEW: “This dress is absolutely beautiful. The fabric is fantastic, and it's clearly very well made. It drapes beautifully and the corset fit is so flattering. I bought it for a bridal shower but I'll absolutely wear it many times beyond that.”
Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Yes, you read that right—this dress is designed to be comfy enough to nap in. We could stop there, but there’s more to love about this white dress; It has a fitted smock bodice, ruffle shoulder straps, and a tiered skirt. Oh, and it’s machine washable. So basically, all of your dreams have come true.
WHAT ELSE TO KNOW: Hill House Home suggests ordering a size down from your usual.
Free People Violet Mini Dress
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: There are many reasons to love this dress, so we’ll list a few: the textured fabric, the flattering square neckline, the puff sleeves, the pockets, and the tie back. Reviewers mention it runs large, so keep that in mind while you’re adding all nine colors to your cart.
USER REVIEW: “Love this dress, it’s super flattering and I love that it’s a tie back because sometimes square neck sleeves fall off my shoulders. Also, I don't really need a bra. I got the black; it’s the perfect amount of sexy and playful. If y’all release in a light yellow, it’s game over, just take my money.”
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