White Hot

Growing up in a desert, I've never really adhered to the traditional rule of only wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day. My reasoning is that when it is in the 90s in October, rules shouldn't apply. As much as I'm looking forward to being able to wear Fall clothing, I do love the crispness of a white dress. The bonus: many Summer staples are currently on sale, so you can by a little white dress and wear it for the next month or so, or save it for the springtime, and not feel guilty about making a splurge that won't see outside of your closet for months. A white dress never really goes out of style. Here are three of my picks for little white dresses, all under $50:

First, the Sele ruffle-detailed dress from Dillards, $49. This dress would be perfect for both the office and a date, depending on how you chose to accessorize it. I would pair it with nude pumps and a cardigan for work, and a chunky bracelet and fun shoes for the evening. The cotton fabric will keep you cool, and the waistband will flatter almost any body type.

Next, the Gossamer Waves dress from Anthropologie, on sale from $88 to $49.95. If this dress was in my closet, I think I'd wear it nearly every day. It would be perfectly appropriate for both backyard BBQs and brunches. I love the ruffle detailing, and the smocking makes a subtle statement. I'd pair this with my highest wedges and a metallic clutch.

Finally, the Yumi Pearl Collar Lace Dress from ASOS, at an unbelievably low price of $37. This dress is definitely dressier than the first two, and I think it would be a perfect dress for a romantic date or other dress up event (not a wedding, though!), when paired with strappy metallic sandals and pretty jewelry. It is perfectly feminine, but I could also see this dress transitioning well into winter when toughened up with ankle boots, black tights and a leather jacket.

Do you wear white when its not summertime? Do you have a LWD?


  1. I love these! Great job finding a good price on dresses, it's tough to shell out more than about $50 for a day dress, I think.

    I tried on the Gossamer Waves dress at Anthropologie and loved how the top of it looked, it even made me look tan! The problem was with the skirt, it's really see-through and would be almost impossible to wear. When I told that to the salesgirls as I left, they all said, "we know" and said nobody was buying it for that reason. Which is such a bummer, because it was only $29.95 at the Highland Park store in Dallas!

  2. News to Leigh- That is such a bummer! Future note- Gap Body sells slips in both a full spaghetti type dress thing, and a skirt slip, if you really loved the dress that much! You just have to wrap your mind around the idea that slips aren't just for grannies :)