White dresses were sartorial catnip for the fashion crowd over summer 2019, with a range of bohemian, prairie-inspired styles cropping up across the board. Just think of that viral Zara dress, or at the other end of the spectrum, Cecilie Bahnsen's tent-like smocks, which went from minor to the mainstream in a matter of months.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is a trend reserved for the long, sun-drenched days of August, but fashion's finest proved otherwise, with a plethora of autumn-ready white dresses making an appearance on the pavements of London, Paris, Milan and New York this season. Trenches were slung over knee-grazing midis, cowboy boots added to mini trapeze dresses and Converse paired with knitted maxis.
This warm-weather staple has been given an undeniably autumnal spin, and we are so on board. The key to making this trend work for winter is, where possible, sticking to longer sleeves or hemlines and styling with sturdy, winter-ready boots: Think utilitarian lace-ups, cowboy boots and sneakers. Also, don't be afraid to layer up with knitwear (try adding a roll-neck base layer or throwing a chunky crew neck over an ankle-grazing maxi). Scroll down to see how the fashion crowd are styling theirs and shop our edit.
Style Notes: A pair of statement boots and colour-pop bag is a great addition to a white midi dress, as seen on this showgoer.
Style Notes: The classic shirt dress is an easy way to wear the trend for autumn. We can imagine this drop-waist number looking super chic with an oversized knit thrown on top for the colder months.
Style Notes: If you're under any impression that a white dress is boring, just check out this impressive getup. Even if you don't fancy re-creating the whole thing, you can still take cues from the statement collar and OTT sleeves.
Style Notes: The simplest way to update a white dress for autumn? Just add black boots and an oversized trench. So simple yet so chic.
Style Notes: I'm obsessed with the proportions of this outfit, which perfectly balances an A-line silhouette with a shorter length, high neckline and personality-packed cowboy boots.
Style Notes: If you're not a heels person, get inspired by this showgoer, who pairs a delicate cotton midi with chunky lace-up boots. So punk in the best way.
Style Notes: White dresses don't have to just be cotton-clad. Make yours even more winter-proof with a knitted fabric and layer under an oversized blazer.
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