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26 of the best little white dresses

Move over, Little Black Dress: the LWD is the new can’t-live-without seasonal essential

Zimmermann and Jacquemus SS19

According to the SS19 runways, we need to start embracing our inner hippie. The easiest place to start? The Little White Dress. The bohemian cousin of the party-season savior LBD, the LWD switches out seductive lace for laid-back broderie anglaise and second-skin silhouettes for billowing shapes, making it the perfect piece for warmer weather.

We love Cult Gaia’s Simona dress for its effortless off-the-shoulder shape, billowing sleeves and relaxed fit. And, since it’s cut from puckered seersucker, it won’t wrinkle in your suitcase – win-win. For something that brings a little more drama, Jacquemus’ mini dress features an elegant single strap and a pretty dipped hem. Tan sandals and beach-tousled hair are the only finishing touches you need.

If you’re looking for an elevated number to take you from sun up to sun downers, we recommend subtly sexy diaphanous finishes, while Victoriana frills and tulle lend a romantic touch. Zimmermann’s ruffled, laser-cut mini dress will make you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons – just add gold hoops and killer heels.

The LWD is not just for vacations, though; when worn with a denim jacket or a tailored blazer and western boots or loafers, it’s city-appropriate too. Look to Equipment, Roksanda and Valentino for clean-lined cuts that are ideal for refreshing your workwear.


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