Summer is a time when you want dressing to be effortless, but you also want to look as pretty as a cherry blossom tree in full bloom. Yes, that is my goal every morning when I get dressed to look like a bloomin’ cherry blossom tree. The little white dress (LWD) gives you all that you wished for and more. The LWD is the sister from another mister to the Little Black Dress (LBD). It is just as much of a staple, but totally different, and not just in coloration alone. The LBD is more reserved for an evening event, and perfect for almost any occasion, other than maybe the Oscars. But according to my skillset, I don’t foresee winning an Academy Award any time soon. And if I do get nominated, I suspect I won’t need to recycle my old LBD. Hoping the designers will be lining up to dress me. I am, however, still waiting to hear my name called for a Bloggie Award. Tick tock people. I’m not getting any younger.
The LWD, while seen in evening attire, is favoured as daytime dressing, at least by me. It’s fresh, crisp and cool dressing. It’s elegant and chic; it’s girlie girl sweet or Bohemian flower child; it’s walking through the meadows or peddling on a bicycle complete with wicker basket, along a gravel pathway, cattle to the left, lavender to the right, charming town straight ahead; it’s lazy Sunday brunch on a patio, complete with mimosas and Eggs Benedict. It is the quintessential summer dress.
The LWD comes in a variety of fabrics and shapes. Eyelet, lace or sheer is my favourite take on the look. But that’s not to say I don’t equally love a great white shirt dress, tunic or fit and flare. I just find the Boho look to be such a nice way to do this one. It probably has to do with the whole summer look and feel is a fait accomplit when you do it in these softer fabrications. I prefer it to sit a bit looser and away from the body rather than tight or snug. It’s what I term relaxed beauty.
How to wear and what to pair with your LWD?
Metallic pieces can be a great addition to any LWD. It creates more polish to the look, easily taking it from desk to dinner simply adding metallic shoes or a clutch.
Nude shoes or details in tan tones is foolproof dressing when it comes with the LWD. Try a chunky tan mule or to-the-knee gladiator to be right on trend for summer 2015.
Take your LWD to the edge by adding a crop denim jacket or a moto jacket in leather or suede.
I love the LWD when worn with a little bootie.
Fringe details like a camel or chocolate coloured suede fringe hobo bag are a sure win with this look.
Top the look with a felt fedora or straw hat. Love, love, love the addition of a hat with the LWD.
Belt it with a braided leather belt in a nude hue, skinny belt, Navajo inspired belt, or add a pop of colour by adding in a bright shade belt like cobalt blue.
Black details add a great contrast to the look and is perfect for the lady who really prefers her basic blacks. Add a black belt or black sky high heels or cage booties.
Pop it with a shot of colour in your footwear, belt, cardigan, jacket or clutch to knock it out of the park. Note, only add in one element of colour (the image below shows two, but I think one is better). You want the LWD to stand on its on for what it is, but then surprise, check out my cobalt shoes or orange cardigan, aren’t they fabu?
Lips in a bold red, neon orange or bright fuchsia are a great way to pop the LWD.
If there is only one item you can incorporate into your summer wardrobe, I encourage it to be the LWD. Opt for a tunic or shift style to really get the most versatility out of the look. Note that it is truly a chameleon dress and will take you far simply by adding or removing a blazer, belting it, topping it with a cardigan, adding a blouse underneath or throwing a loose tank over top, tie a menswear inspired shirt over top and tie it Daisy Duke style at the waist, add a printed scarf to look more ladylike or a denim jacket over it for a weekend at the market, wear it with your boots, heels, flip flops, brogues, and yes, even your Birks. Wear it with colour, neutrals or T2T white. This is truly what I call a mileage piece and the look is white hot.