11 White Dresses We've Hunted Down From Instagram

Fashion lore decrees that everyone should own at least one little black dress, but there’s an equally viable case to be made for the little white dress. Not that it has to be little (especially if you’re wearing your LWD in the city rather than at the beach)—as long as it’s crisp and bright white, you’re good to go. There’s just something unapologetically summery and optimistic about this shade, be it lacy and whimsical, or linen and minimalist. Throwing one on signals that yes, the sun is going to shine.

Shopping for a white dress online, however, is a bit like trying to drive through the rain—you just can’t see everything clearly. White-on-white e-com shots don’t often give much away and sell the best details of a LWD, which is why we’ve turned to Instagram. Here, we can rely on our favourite dressers to have photographed only the most desirable white dresses in often the dreamiest of settings, really making them pop and showing them off. Scroll to see and shop influencer-approved styles.

Showing that a white midi dress is perfect for home or holidays, Erica Davies sports this pretty & Other Stories design with statement earrings and tassled sandals. 

What do you need to be beach-ready? A button-down white dress and a string bag, if Lindsay Holland’s holiday snaps are anything to go by.

Worried that white lace might be too nightie-like? Freddie Harrel’s pretty Hush dress is nothing of the sort when worn with babouche mules and big earrings.

A brilliant lesson in dressing white linen up: Take a tip from Alexis Foreman and rock yours with kitten heels and a clutch. 

Katherine Ormerod braved the styling tip on the Zara website and wears this linen shirt as a micro-minidress. The result is fabulous (cue lots of rifling through your dad’s wardrobe for something similar).

Tamu Mcpherson’s Gucci gown is a thing of breathtaking beauty—it has to be seen up close to be believed. Featuring tiny double-G logo macramé detailing, its beautiful ruffled trim makes it one of the best white gowns we’ve ever clapped eyes on.

Twinning is winning for Gilda Ambrosio and her friend here—they rock Jacquemus’s directional take on a summer staple with reliable edginess.

Lashing of ruffles and espadrilles (and champagne)—that’s how to style your white dress best. And if you can get the Eiffel Tower in the background à la Marissa Cox, even better.

No one’s ever too hip for a piece of clothing that’s so inherently romantic. Los Angeles native Hannah Anderson wears her white wrap wonder with socks and derby shoes for curbside cool.

It may be fast becoming an Instagram cliche, but white broderie anglaise dresses + wicker baskets + green fields really are a winning recipe.  

Stylist Martha Ward’s collab with Queene and Belle has resulted in the dreamiest white cotton dresses, all inspired by her own love of broderies and the vintage pieces she’s collected over the years.