From a t-shirt midi dress to cocktail midi dress, all the best white midi dresses you can’t live without.

White Midi Dress

The little black dress has met its match for summer in the white midi dress, no question. White midi dresses are perfect for any dressy to casual occasions. Check out the latest long sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless, lace, seasonal prints and more.

Sure, it seems simple that you might trade your dark black look for one a little brighter and sunnier for warmer weather, but there’s something about a midi silhouette that makes the wardrobe staple all the more transitional, no matter what your schedule might throw at you.

We have reviewed and selected the 24 best white midi dresses in every category. No matter if you are going to a beach vacation or a fancy cocktail event, we’ve got you covered here.

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How to Style

Add a cross-body bag by day and some jewelry by night; wear it alone during the dog days of summer and layer a cardigan on top for those chillier beach evenings. The styling potential is endless.

Pro Tip 😎

What shoes do you wear with a midi dress?

The power of the midi dress is in it’s uncanny ability to look flawless when worn with flat sandals, espadrilles, heels, and even low-top sneakers.

And, the fact that you’re shopping bright white? Well, that’s a blank canvas that’s just looking for some accessorizing.

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But, the question is, where should you start?

Shop the below 24 best white midi dresses, and you’ll be totally covered for this summer and beyond.


Best Convertible White Midi Dress


La Ligne Convertible Linen Blend Dress

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Why We Love: Though you’d never know it by looking, this white midi dress is totally convertible, so it offers even more variety than your other go-to white midi dresses.

You can wear it with the puff sleeves and tie back, or choose to forgo them completely and rock the look as a strapless silhouette.

Best One Shoulder White Midi Dress


Cara Cara Edie One-Shoulder Cotton Poplin Midi Dress

Shop Now at Moda Operandi

Why We Love: If you’re looking for a one shoulder silhouette that doesn’t hug too close to your frame, this flowing cotton poplin white midi dress will do just the trick, nipped in at the waist and tiered from there for extra volume.

Pair it with sleek slide sandals to complete the look.

Best White Satin Midi Dress


Hill House Home The Collector’s Edition Ellie Nap Dress

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Why We Love: You already love the ease of the Hill House Nap Dress, but why not try it in this “Collector’s Edition” satin, which is more luxe than ever.

Match it with colorful jewelry for a stylish pop of color.

Best Tiered White Midi Dress


Mango Wrap Back Dress

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Why We Love: The simplicity of this white midi dress is what makes it so special, featuring a three-tiered design with a perfect crossed back that reveals just enough skin without feeling as such.

Best White Knit Midi Dress


Cult Gaia Cameron Knit White Midi Dress

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Why We Love: For a more sultry look, shop this knit white midi dress with a knot at the waist, leaving not only both sides of your waist exposed, but the entire back as well.

Great for your beach to the city look with a straw beach bag.

Best White Linen Midi Dress


Reformation Lucila Ruffled Linen-Voile Midi Dress

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Why We Love: Reformation works wonders with their smocked back design, allowing their dresses of all shapes and sizes to fit you like a glove without feeling restrictive.

Best White Puff Sleeve Midi Dress


Merlette Paradis Tiered Cotton White Midi Dress

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Why We Love: If you’re seeking an easeful boudoir inspiration that’s more crisp than sultry, this tiered white midi dress is about to become your go-to for all daytime activities this summer.

Best White Flowy Midi Dress


Wilfred Reminisce Dress

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Why We Love: This white midi dress is a simple pull-on-and-go, no matter where you’re headed. With a subtle ruffle around the neckline, it feels mildly Victorian in appeal, though still quite modern, especially when styled with sneakers.

Best White Eyelet Midi Dress


Matteau Tiered Broderie Organic Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress

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Why We Love: Matteau is magic when it comes to the brand’s effortless beach-to-bar looks, like this white eyelet embroidered midi dress with a nipped-in waist, tiered design, and longer puffed sleeves that add a little sweetness to an otherwise simple look.

Best White Cotton Midi Dress


J.Crew Cotton Poplin Apron Dress with Convertible Straps

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Why We Love: Though quite conservative from the front, this apron-style white midi dress has a totally open back, covered only by two long straps that meet at the back of your waistline.

It’s perfect to both wear alone as well as layer if you feel as though you want to throw it on over a T-shirt for a little more coverage.

Best White T Shirt Dress


Lost + Wander Beach White Midi Dress

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Why We Love: For travel or beach days, a T shirt dress hits just the spot. But, instead of shopping for a mini that just looks like an oversized cotton jersey top, opt for this tiered number that hits at mid-calf.

Best White Lace Midi Dress


Sea Georgina Open-Back Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress

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Why We Love: We’re suckers for a great back moment, for which this white midi dress certainly delivers.

Sure, it’s perfect from the front with its crisp white cotton and inset eyelet detail, but the triple tie at the back is really where it shines.

Add a wide brim sun hat for your elegant summer look.

Best White One Shoulder Midi Dress


The Drop April One Shoulder Cut Out Tiered Midi Dress

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Why We Love: Expose skin in just the right places with this super-affordable option from Amazon’s “The Drop” collection. Here, you’ll find a white midi dress with a single puff sleeve and subtle waist cut outs to boot.

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Best White Summer Midi Dress


Abercrombie & Fitch Ruffle Sleeve Poplin Midaxi Dress

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Why We Love: This Abercrombie white midi dress flows as you walk, billowing out from an empire waist that cascades from a gathered top that, while not underwire, resembles a loose bustier style in appeal.

You can pick a different types of shoes to dress up and down.

Best White Midi Cocktail Dress


Self-Portrait Grosgrain-Trimmed Guipure Lace Midi Dress

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Why We Love: We love this dress! If you’re seeking a dress for a fancier event, you’ll love this white midi dress style from Self-Portrait.

With an allover lace design, the texture keeps your look interesting with a silhouette that’s actually quite classic.

Best White Long Sleeve Midi Dress


Caslon Eyelet Three-Quarter Sleeve Cotton Midi Dress

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Why We Love: For a perfect peasant style, shop this allover eyelet midi dress with a button-front top and pin-tucked sleeves for a little bit of extra detail on an otherwise simple look.

This long sleeve midi dress can be worn from almost all year long (spring to fall) with proper toppers like shackets and suede jackets.

Best White Midi Slip Dress


Anine Bing Bree Shift White Midi Dress

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Why We Love: Simplicity! When you love a slip dress but want something a little bit more tailored than silk, this Anine Bing white midi dress is just the thing. With a high neck and low back, it’s giving all the ‘90s feels, too.

Best White Shirt Dress Midi


Nordstrom Signature Poplin Shirtdress

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Why We Love: Keep it classic in a crisp shirtdress with a slightly longer line midi silhouette. This one is more tailored on the top and a little bit more billowy on the bottom.

Best White Formal Midi Dress


Galvan Sienna Halterneck Satin Midi Dress

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Why We Love: For that total elevation, after-hours, black-tie approved white midi dress, you’ll find little more perfect than a Galvan slip dress.

Instead of the traditional spaghetti strap style, this gorgeous look boasts a high neck in the front and back.

Best White Bodycon Midi Dress


Vince Rib Knit Racerback Body-Con Dress

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Why We Love: Go the bodycon route with this stretch cotton white midi dress, complete with a sporty racerback and slim sheath silhouette.

Complete the look with stylish block heel sandals.

Best Elegant White Midi Dress


Zimmermann Jude Lace-Up Scallop-Trim Midi Dress

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Why We Love: For an ultra-feminine take on the white midi dress trend, look to Zimmermann who serves up some serious style with a scalloped look, boasting subtle side cut out and spaghetti straps on top.

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Best White Halter Midi Dress


Proenza Schouler Tiered Cotton-Blend Poplin Midi Dress

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Why We Love: If you’re not one for open-back halters, but love a high-neck, shop this look that features spaghetti straps that originate in the middle of your chest and follow over your shoulders to secure atop each blade.

Best White Tank Dress Midi


Theory Gloss White Midi Dress

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Why We Love: There’s a reason that this silhouette has stood the test of time from Theory, with a stretchy easy-fit tank top and cotton poplin skirt that flares out from the hips.

It feels festive for a night out but perfectly paired with Birkenstocks for day as well.

Best White Cut Out Midi Dress


Faithfull the Brand Zeta Cutout Linen Midi Dress

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Why We Love: We’ve fallen in love with this white midi dress due to it’s balance between revealing and easeful, with a front tie and exposed sides and back that are crafted from a silhouette that’s otherwise quite loose and voluminous.

Pro Tip


While a white midi dress is about to become the most transitional piece in your summertime wardrobe, you might want to shop more than one style from the above list so that you have a few different silhouettes and materials to mix and match as you choose.

There’s nothing quite like a white midi dress for summer. Shop one—or ten—from the list above and you’ll be wearing nothing but the style all season long, we guarantee it.


Can a petite person wear a midi dress?

Absolutely! It’s a misconception that midi dresses are only for tall, long-legged people. And no heels are required to appear taller, but it does come down to picking the right length and styling. 

 Beware of dresses that end right at mid-calf, which tends to be the most unflattering length, making a dress go from fantastic to frumpy. Read on for more tips on how to style a midi dress.

What looks good with a white midi dress?

Stick to styling your white midi dress with tops that emphasize your waistline, like a cropped suede jacket or even a sweater vest. If cropped isn’t your style, opt for a coat of the same hem length, or even longer.

And experiment with your footwear of choice, a chunky loafer is a perfect way to add height and comfort while a flat strappy sandal tops off your summer look.

Pro Tip 😎

What does MIDI stand for in dresses?

As the name suggests, it’s a mid-length dress, somewhere between a mini dress and a maxi dress.

A good midi dress typically ends halfway between the knee and ankles, traditionally right around your mid-calf.

Can you wear a white midi dress to formal events?

Yes, but you want to be sure it’s the right midi dress. While we love a tiered white linen midi for an easy breezy look, opt for dressier fabrics like lace or satin in a more polished silhouette.

We can already imagine Self-Portrait’s Lace Midi Dress, Galvan’s Sienna halterneck satin midi dress, or Zimmermann’s Jude Lace-Up Scallop-Trim Midi Dress at your next white party or even at your rehearsal dinner (brides only please!). 

How do you not look short in a midi dress?

Here are our best tricks to elongate and flatter your figure, no matter your height:

  • Select a length that falls slightly above or below mid-calf, but if you find a dress you love at the wrong length, tailors are essential for a customized fit.
  • Cinch your waist with a belt to emphasize your figure.
  • Go for a solid color or the same print in a lighter fabric (from linen to satin). Too many blocky colors break up your figure and make you look shorter.

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