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.
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.