5 dresses every woman should own: the white dress

26/04/2013

Natalia Vodianova by Craig McDean for Vogue US February 2008
The white dress. An epitome of summer elegance.
You just cannot be without it whether you find yourself in a city, planning a holiday or dancing till dawn under the starlit sky. Whatever the situation, the little white dress is definitely one of the wardrobe must-haves.

This little darling isn’t just the light reflector on a hot summer day, but a statement of femininity, romance, purity, freshness and luxury.

Choosing the one may be a challenge, but fortunately for us, designers got it all covered. Sporty and athletic, prim and proper, bohemian and lady-like. Mini and maxi. Lace and jacquard. Silks, organza, cottons and linens.

You pick the dress that tells your story. And then start your summer journey in style. Best accessory to compliment your LWD? A touch of tan, of course.

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Where to buy: 1. Cotton peplum dress by Karen Millen (£175 – use promo code SS13DRESSES50 at checkout to get £50 off selected styles), 2. Sleeveless cotton dress by Stella McCartney (£465), 3. Cotton blend twill dress by Zac Posen (£440), 4. Dalia jacquard dress by Whistles (£225), 5. Crocheted cotton dress by See by Chloe (£243), 6. Wool-flannel dress by Issa (£208), 7. Belted dress by Chloe (£1415), 8. Fitted lace & frill dress by Reiss (£169)

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Where to buy: 9. Crochet cotton dress by Mango (£55), 10. Cotton & lace dress by Nina Ricci (£1154), 11. Lace trimmed cotton dress by Vanessa Bruno (£172), 12. Cotton embroidered dress by Mango (£43), 13. Relais dress by Sportmax (£668), 14. Voile & silk dress by See by Chloe (£230), 15. Silk patchwork dress by Dosa (£895), 16. Tank dress by Jean Paul Knott (£580)

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Where to buy: 17. Tailored bubble dress by Karen Millen (£140), 18. Cotton bonded dress by Oasis (£50), 19. Daisy dress by Warehouse (£40), 20. Speed flare dress by Chalayan (£710), 21. Niade dress by Azzedine Alaia (£2468), 22. Pleat skirt dress by Paul&Joe Sister (£228), 23. Floral embroidered dress by Reiss (£225), 24. A-line dress by Vicedomini (£772)

Photo source: Natalia Vodianova by Craig McDean for Vogue US February 2008

36 comments:

  1. I always alway always have a little white dress for summer - last summer 3 and this summer bought vintage white embroidered cotton and eyelet cotton today - so i think i will have a few more! Thanks so much for your comment the other day - so made me smile - you are sooo right - have a very good weekend - doggy woofs all round for oscar xx

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  2. White dress is an absolutely must! I have quite some of them and I should say I like the LWD better that her sis the LBD

    Xx

    Alexandra

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  3. I don't think I would make it through the summer without my little white dress(es). As far as I'm concerned, they are as important to a woman's wardrobe as the LBD. The selection of styles you've showcased here is just wonderful - I especially love numbers 5, 8 and 9!
    xox,
    Cee

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  4. Well you have certainly provided us with plenty of inspiration in your very detailed post. I particularly like the Karen Millen and Reiss ones although for the UK I think I would opt for one of the designs with a sleeve!
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  5. Great post and all of the dresses look so chic and beautiful! :)

    Have a Fabulous Friday!
    xoxo
    Crystal

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  6. Yes a white dress is a must have! In fact cream, ivory is a must too! Love the inspirational pics! I think I need a white lace one now!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  7. No. 3 and No. 23 have to be my two favourites :)

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  8. You are right, is something that cannot miss in a woman's closet! Of course, it still misses into mine! I need one for the summer, I used to wear it so often cause I like the contrast with the tanned skin! All your finds are truly mesmerizing! Have a good weekend dear! xo

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  9. #3 all the way!!! Soft creamy 1940s style. Perfection!
    -Jamie
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  10. love it!

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  11. Dear Natalia! I agree - at least one white dress is the essential summer piece for each woman. If I´m wearing a white dress in the summer I feel really chic, smart and fresh; in fact this is my ultimative trick.

    Your selection is just perfect - now I have to think about some new stuff to buy or not ...

    Wish you a wonderful weekend!

    And thank you for your nice comment on my blog - I checked immediately your blog with the result: I like it!

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    xx from Bavaria, Rena

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  12. Yes, that touch of tan is the problem. And the fact that I haven't found my perfect white dress yet. Such a lovely selection of white dresses.
    I wish you a wonderful and sunny weekend! xo

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  13. I voted. White dresses have come a long way! They're so stylish. Love these selections Natalia! I have white skirts, but I need to work on a white dress.

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  14. Yes, you are right on....I love a little white dress! I actually bought a short white wedding dress at the monique lhuillier sample sale.... I use it as a spring/summer dress. I dress it down by pairing it with my denim jacket. Check out my blog post on it: http://www.ileanamarcel.com/2013/03/white-denim.html

    xo
    ileana

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  15. I totally agree! White dress is must-have, especially at summer time!
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  16. Really perfect inspiration. I have only 2 white dresses... I didnt wore white, but I start with it. It is so nice color for summer. Have a great weekend.

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  17. These dresses are so cute!
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  18. Ooooooooh nice picks!

    Love,

    Rowan

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  19. I love white

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  20. Thanks for checking out my blog! Just found yours... it's adorable! I just subscribed to you :)
    Looking forward to more from you! xox
    Rachel

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  21. #19 is gorgeous! I love the look of a lace dress like that. I'm in need of a romantic dress like that, but perhaps a bit more casual so I can get more wear out of it.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  22. This post is so amazing! Little white dresses are gorgeous, and all these options are lovely.

    xo, Meera | www.momentswithmeera.com

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  23. I love this post! I need to find more white dresses but It's so hard t find the perfect ones!

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  24. I love white dresses on other people but I always think I'm too pale to pull them off well! xxx

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  25. Love all these looks - wish I could get away with wearing white!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog by the way xx
    Mary
    www.littlefeatherstyle.blogspot.com

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  26. oh my goodness, look at all of those beautiful, beautiful options! so many things to lust over! and i LOVE the way you wrote up the into to the LWD, and I totally agree with it. I never feel more feminine, elegant and lovely than in one of those. I feel like I should be barefoot and running through a field in one of those. My favorite ones are the lacy midi or maxi length ones. Ugh, so pretty

    xo Marlen
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  27. After reading this I definitely need to invest in more white dresses, so many gorgeous ones here!

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  28. Dear Natalia, what a beautiful selection of white dresses! I completely agree with you: they are perfect for the summer and I find an all-white ensemble very chic! I have two: a short casual one for the day and a knee-lenght wrap model with a fabric belt that is one of my favourite dresses ever! Hope is all well! Caterina

    PS: Just voted for you...best of luck!

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  29. I completely agree. I love a good little white dress in the spring/summer. I also love pairing bold jewelry with a lwd like turquoise since it stands out against the white.

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  30. Ah, what a fantastic compilation. You have put together these dresses so well, such a comprehensive collection.

    Hope you are well, take care love xx

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  31. so pretty! love the ones with lace or ruffles!

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  32. Fantastic round up Natalia, I love all of your picks, couldn't choose a fave!! I totally agree with you, a gal's gotta have a LWD - or in my case err...about 5 of them. I'm a big sucker for the floaty summery ones, just adore them.

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  33. aah, love the maxi dress in the 1st photo..

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  34. Oh I like all of the last set of dresses, they are perfect!

    Daisy Dayz

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