SHOP THE OUTFIT: Button-Waist Midi Dress | Straw Bucket Bag | Wide-Brim Straw Hat | Monogram Necklace | Woven Mules |
I usually gravitate towards wearing a white dress in the summer opposed to a little black dress. It’s the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. I’ll wear a white cotton dress, white linen dress, white satin dress, name a fabric, and I’ll wear it. Something about wearing white in the summer has that cool, effortless effect to it. Don’t ya think?
For the most part, when I wear a white dress, I usually learn towards a long white dress, a midi white dress, or a white shirt dress. You will rarely see me wear a mini dress. I don’t know if it is an age thing but I feel like I am no longer suitable for a mini dress. Who else feels this way?
I also love to wear a Summer white dress because it’s so versatile. It’s like working with a blank canvas. No matter what you wear with it, it will work. In my opinion, it’s all about finding the best and perfect accessory. This is why I’ll be sharing how to accessorize a white summer dress.
How to Accessorize A White Summer Dress
Wear Straw / Rattan Accessories
Accessorizing a white dress with items that have that straw or rattan material will really give your outfit an ultimate summery look. Either you wear a straw hat, straw belt, or straw bag. You can even wear it with a black belt to give the outfit some contrast. The straw belt I mentioned comes with a black one and it’s super cute!
Wear A Wide-Brim Hat
Speaking of wearing a straw hat, I love wearing a wide-brim hat in the Summer. The wide-brim helps protects your face from the sun and gives that retro Summer vibe.
Wear A Headband
Headbands have really stepped up their style and game in the past few years. There are so many cute and affordable headbands. I usually love to wear a turban, twist knot headband. All you have to do is plop it on your head and voila, your outfit is complete.
Wear your favorite piece of jewelry. It adds a nice accent to your white dress. Either you wear your go-to minimalist earrings or your statement necklace. My go-to is always my monogram necklace. It’s subtle yet makes a statement in person.
Add Pop Of Color
Try to add a pop of color from your jewelry to your handbag to your shoes. I love to add a pop of color from my shoes. I’m really loving the the bright color sandals from J.Crew. They’re so cute!
Wear A Straw Bag Or Canvas
The easiest and most functional accessory is your bag. I love to wear a good straw bag. Recently, I discovered and purchased this canvas bag as my new Summer bag. The round/circular shape with the round wooden handle gives it that edgy and summery style.
Layer With A Denim Jacket
Sometimes there are cooler summer days and the cutest and chicest way to layer your white dress is with a denim jacket. Such an easy and effortless way to layer.
Wear Proper Undergarment
What you wear under your dress makes a difference. I guess you can say it is an accessory. While most people will not see, wearing the right one will make or break your outfit. The goal is to make sure no one can see your underwear or bra. I almost always wear a nude seamless underwear. It blends well with my skin tone and you don’t have to worry about it showing through your white dress.
As for bras, I’ll be honest I almost always never wear a bra during the Summer. To be frank, since my mastectomy (with reconstruction), a bra almost feels unnecessary since my foobs can retain their shape. So I love to wear these seamless breast petals. They’re the best. You will never have to worry about your bra or bra straps showing.
White Dress Outfit Inspirations
Here are a few more white dress outfit inspirations. Some of these dresses are old, but I did do my best to link a similar option.
Long White Maxi Dress
This dress has some stripes to it. But you can never go wrong with wearing a white maxi dress.
Maxi Dress | Double-Strap Sandals |
White Long Skirt With Bodysuit
So this is not necessarily a white dress but I thought this cream colored skirt can easily be turned into a white dress outfit.
Maxi Skirt | Tank Bodysuit | Rattan Earrings| | Woven Mules |Kaanas bag |
I love a good high-low dress. I wore this when it was a very hot day in Barcelona. It was perfect! I’ve actually worn this dress for Spring and Fall too. I quickly switched up by pairing it with ankle booties.
Tank Dress | Strappy Sandals | Straw Bag | Turban Headband | Round Sunglasses |
Can’t go wrong with a classic short-sleeve dress.
Short-Sleeve Dress | Woven Belt | Woven Mules |
Linen White Dress
Last but not least is this linen white dress I purchased this year. Love the length and button-detailing of this dress!
Button-Waist Midi Dress | Straw Bucket Bag | Wide-Brim Straw Hat | Monogram Necklace | Woven Mules |
Other White Dresses
What are your thoughts on wearing white dresses?
Accessories are always the best to highlight an outfit.
I love your tips and all your outfits are beautiful.
Thank you Margot!
I love adding hats to my white dresses!
Curated by Jennifer
So fun to wear!
soo on trend white dresses ! great post
shy — https://www.shyyshianne.com/
Jessica Camerata says
Loving these tips and the dresses! I’ve always adored that Madewell midi dress but for some reason never bought it?! And love that striped button front dress, so pretty!
My Style Vita
I can totally see you wearing this dress!
I love a little (or long) white dress for summer, and tend to stuff my closet with them, they always feel like the essence of summer.
You nailed it! It really is the essence of summer!
These are such great ideas! I love hw you styled each of these white dresses! So perfect for summer!
I love white dresses for summer! I have quite a few in my wardrobe 😉 I love how you styled yours and your tips: definitely straw hats and bags are very nice accessories to combine with. But I always try to add a pop of color!
Thank you Eli!
This white dress is so pretty! Love all of your tips and examples!
Thank you Rachel!
I’ve always been a sucker for a little white dress. I may even be a bigger fan of the LWD than I am of the LBD hehe. Your tips here are fantastic! I tend to pair my pieces with rattan/straw or blush accessories. White dresses are so versatile and lovely!
I am definitely a more LWD fan too
A white dress for summer is so timeless and classic. To be honest, I love white and am such a klutz I spill everything so I don’t own anything white other than my wedding dress!
Haha that’s funny!
Hillary Conheady says
Absolutely in love with this first look and the hat! I need that hat ASAP!
Thank you Hillary!
Oh wow love all of your outfits especially the first one!
Anna English says
A natural straw hat is always my go-to accessory with a white dress!
Right?! The perfect summer accessory!
White is perfect for summer❤
Such great tips! Love your dress!
Thank you Samantha!
The photos are amazing! You look gorgeous with the white dresses. Thanks for the tips
These are great ideas! I love wearing hats with dresses!
Jill – Doused in Pink
A great accessory!
Alexa Marsh says
I love the look of the colorful headbands!
Love that Madewell dress on you! I’m about to pull the trigger, but it is final sale and I haven’t seen it in person. Is it see through? Do you wear it without a slip? The website recommends a size 0 for me (120lb, 5’4″). Do you find that it runs small/big?
Thank you in advance, take care,
Hi Sara, I think it runs slightly large. I had to size down to size 2 and I’m normally a size 4. I wore nude-color underwear and didn’t have any issues with the dress being see-through.
This is such a great post sweetie. I love a white summer dress!
Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk
Same here, I love white dresses during summer.
There are so many different way to style white dresses.
I typically go for accessories in my hair and straw accessories.
It’s so nice you gave a lot of others options.
Thank you Margot!
White + neutrals is my favorite combo! Although I also like to pair white with bright colors in very small amounts.
I love how you have combined all your white dresses, specially the first one!
It really is the best!
I super love your white dress.
Your pics look so fun and cool ♥
The fresh, clean look of white is perfect for summer! These are wonderful tips to style white dresses and I’m in love with these looks!
Thank you Lovely!
Your dresses are amazing. I love white summer dresses. Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
Rampdiary | Fineartandyou | Beautyandfashionfreaks
Such a fantastic look sweetie!
Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk
Thank you Danielle!
These are all such great ideas Rach!
So chic here, babe! You’ve got me wanting to break out all the whites before summer ends!
Le Stylo Rouge
Thank you Ashley!
I love white dresses for summer, and all your outfits are so beautiful!
I love all your styling tips too – thank you for sharing!
Thank you Julia!
Awww I love your style! Just saved this post so I can style like you too <3