Style edit: the white summer dress

This iconic summer essential is a hard one to get right. With so many white dresses on both the high street and designer market to choose from, it’s easy for one to aim to look like Marilyn Monroe and actually look like a lost corpse bride. The main rule is to always dress a white dress to the right occasion.

  1. Never wear a classic long white dress to a wedding – unless you are the one marrying. You don’t want to be ‘that girl’. However, this doesn’t always mean you can’t wear something with white in or with a white theme. This Temperley London dress has accentuated the red embroidery making the dress focus on this embellishment rather than the meaning of the base colour.

    Temperley London White Dress. NET-A-PORTER £498.

    Temperley London White Dress. NET-A-PORTER £498.

  2. White is not just for the more basic pieces in our wardrobe. However, the simplicity of the colour means that a creatively cut dress is made even more dramatic. We love this Rosie Assoulin shirt dress as the way the sleeves drape is so unusual. A very unconventional white dress.

    Rosie Assoulin white dress. NET-A-PORTER - £768

    Rosie Assoulin white dress. NET-A-PORTER – £768.

  3. White gowns don’t have to be bridal. As long as you stay clear of lace, a classy and non bridal look can be achieved. This Calvin Klein dress is a prime example.


    Calvin Klein. NET-A-PORTER – £1055.

  4. White dresses have been iconic thoughout fashion history and there is nothing wrong with embracing that. Fancy a white Marylin Monroe dress? Then it doesn’t have to be fancy dress. For example, use an aspect of it such as the halterneck aspect and you can really purchase something absolutely lovely. How about this one from The Row?

    The Row. NET-A-PORTER £1050.


    All dresses and photos are from NET-A-PORTER.

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