White dresses aren’t just for weddings. From casual to formal white maxi dresses you’ll live in all summer long.
White Maxi Dresses
The little black dress turns white for summer. And, sometimes, they aren’t that little. We’re speaking, of course, about the long white maxi dress. In short, if there’s one dress you shop this summer, make it this one.
With a white maxi dress, you can go from the beach to drinks in a snap and, most importantly, it provides a clean canvas upon which to layer colorful jewelry, cross body bags, and even knits and cropped layers as the sun goes down.
Ahead, find the best white maxi dresses you can shop right now to wear from Memorial Day straight through Labor Day.
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When you’re looking for a convertible white maxi dress with more tailoring than most, shop this perfect La Ligne style. The bodice is structured with a cascading layered bottom. The dress is designed with removable puff sleeves so you can choose to wear it like that, or without any sleeves at all.
If you want to dip your toe into the cut out trend but not sure how much skin you actually want to show, this is the dress for you. It boasts a high neck and long A-line silhouette, with a cut out on either side of your waist. Breaking up the open areas, however, is a thick sash that you can tie in the front or the back of the garment.
You’ll love this Matteau white maxi dress for its ease of wear. It looks like something out of Grace Kelly’s closet, but with a modern flair. For comfort, the top is made of a stretchy knit like your favorite summer tank, while the skirted bottom is a poplin that keeps its shape and just the right amount of volume.
This cotton maxi is as comfortable as pajamas and as chic as a silk slip. Made of jersey, you can throw it on solo, or belt it at the waist. What’s more, it’s the perfect clean palette for all your colorful summertime jewels.
If you remember Loveshackfancy for one thing, it’s likely this white maxi dress. With button-front shirt dress appeal, it boasts subtle lace inset panels and is made of a soft cotton poplin that keeps you cool while looking more pulled-together than wrinkly linen.
There’s nothing quite like a white wrap dress when it comes to a summer uniform. And a maxi silhouette in clean white hues? Well, that’s just extra-special. Cross this one over your body to reveal as much or as little of your torso as you’d like, and slip into this heat-busting linen weave for the hottest days of the year.
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One of the biggest trends of the summer is the cut out look—both on tops, swimwear, and—yes—dresses. White maxi dresses are one of the easiest silhouettes to add the skin-baring look to, like this cotton poplin tiered style with a high neck and no sleeves, but a totally open back and sides.
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If you’re looking to add more detail to your everyday white maxi dress, opt for subtle details and a little bit of structure. With a bustier-style and tie straps, Staud has constructed a look reminiscent of the Victorian era. But, with the smocked midsection, it’s much more comfortable than restrictive!
Summertime events call for much more than just a myriad of weddings. Which means, of course, that you’re actually allowed to wear a long white dress without fear of overshadowing a bride. This Bernadette gown is just made to be danced in, with an empire waist and gathered top that boasts a silhouette that sways perfectly along to the beat.
What to shop for when you want to take your T-shirt dress to the next level? This Rosie Assoulin white maxi dress, of course! It boasts a roomy silhouette with a classic T-shirt shape, but boasts a subtly accented waist and chic cutouts along the cuffs and neckline for added flair.
Sometimes you just want that oversized T-shirt feel, but in a more tailored way. With a maxi length, balancing the two can be difficult, and we trust no design house more than The Row to tailor even cotton dresses to perfection.
When is a dress more like a two-piece set? When it comes from Farm Rio, of course. You’ll love this one shoulder white maxi dress with a totally cut out midsection. It’s a great addition to your everyday wears (with flat sandals or even sneakers), but makes for a great after-hours look as well (when paired with heels).
For a more covered option, go for a traditional white shirt dress with a longer hemline. You’ll love the addition of eyelet embroidery along the bottom and top of the dress for subtle detail that still remains classic.
Take care to consider how sheer your dress is when you’re shopping for white. It might be that you can wear a slip, or want a see-through dress, but take care to consider fabric and lining if you’re in need of a dress you can throw on and go.
How To Wear a white maxi dress
Beautiful white maxi dresses can be worn almost anywhere and anytime. Formal white maxi dresses are great for special occasions as long—as it doesn’t overshadowing a bride of course—but their more casual counterparts can easily be dressed up for a romantic vacation and summer parties. You can style it with everything from sneakers to heels and add colorful accessories to give a splash of colors. It’s not only for summer—you can add a denim jacket or a cardigan for a complete look for Spring and Fall.
If you haven’t already fallen in love with the easiest wardrobe staple you’ll ever wear, now might be the time to stock up on a white maxi dress for your every mood!
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