White Out: The All-White Summer Dress

Alicia Silverstone in Clueless
Alek Wek
Audrey Hepburn
Joan Smalls
Marilyn Monroe
Jean Shrimpton by Eugene Vernier
Dolce Vita Valentina Lace Dress
Club Monaco Edan Dress
J.Crew Strapless Matelassé Dress
Sea Lace-Detail Embroidered Baby Doll Dress
Acne Studios Lash Poplin Shirtdress

Memorial Day is this Monday, which means that we are now allowed to wear all-white outfits—that is, if you follow those archaic fashion rules. If not, it’s just another Monday that you may or may not have off from work. Hopefully you do. The sun is shining. The air is warm. Legs and arms are meant to be bared. It truly is a beautiful time! So, whether you have an upcoming graduation, a wedding to attend where you want to spite the bride, or you just want to embrace the unofficial clothing of the new season, let’s explore white summer dresses...

1. Dolce Vita Valentina Lace Dress: Violette wore this dress two years ago and we’ve been getting inquiries ever since! With the exaggerated eyelet bodice, you’ll exhibit your upper unmentionables, so plan accordingly (a purposefully noticeable bra like this is recommended).

2. Club Monaco Edan Dress: If you are convinced that you should have been a young adult in the ‘60s and your aim is to recreate The Summer of Love, begin with this dress. Just grab a flower crown, head to Woodstock (well, try Bonnaroo), and send us some pictures.

3. J.Crew Strapless Matelassé Dress: Or maybe you are more a child of the ‘90s and wish your closet were more like that of Joey or Jen from Dawson’s Creek. If so, this sweet and strapless dress is a must.

4. Sea Lace-Detail Embroidered Baby Doll Dress: If you google the words "Victorian," "Bohemian," and "modern flirty twist" you’ll end up with…well, probably lots of interesting things, but this dress could very well be one of them.

5. Acne Studios Lash Poplin Shirtdress: I’ve made my opinion on pants known, so when a dress takes on the form of a comfortable sleep shirt masquerading as a stylish daywear option, count me in.

—Elizabeth Brockway

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  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Loved this post, Elizabeth! I have so many white dresses in my closet because I find them so easy to wear. They are both singular and versatile because they can go with sneakers, Birkenstocks, loafers, whatever, all while retaining the same attitude conveyed solely with the dress.

    I picked this one up at a thrift store the other day for $2.95. Feels a little medieval but maybe that's not such a bad thing. (Note: Stacey's ribbon story reaffirmed by love of the neck ribbon and I wear them almost everyday instead of just, like, once a week.)

  • MSR

    My kingdom to whoever finds a version of that Acne poplin shirtdress for less than $100.

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      Honestly I think I've seen a variation of that dress at H&M on several occasions. I mean, they're both Swedish companies, after all!

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Loved this post, Elizabeth! The white dress goes a long way, and I think it is the most abundant garment in my wardrobe. It is both singular and versatile, as it can be worn with sneakers, Birkenstocks, you name it, all while retaining its own identity.

    I am all about the white dress in the winter, too. Some of them layer very nicely.

    I bought the one below just the other day at a thrift store for $2.95. It looks kinda medieval, but maybe that's not such a bad thing. (note: Stacey Nishimoto's ribbon post also reaffirmed my love of ribbons, so now I wear them almost everyday instead of just, say, once a week.)


Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita Valentina Lace Dress
Club Monaco
Club Monaco Edan Dress
J.Crew Strapless Matelassé Dress
Sea Lace-Detail Embroidered Baby Doll Dress
Acne Studios
Acne Studios Lash Poplin Shirtdress

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