Few things feel as summery as a pretty white dress, so we’ve rounded up 29 of the best to see you through until autumn.
The little black dress might be a bonafide wardrobe classic, but come summer, all we want to be wearing is fresh top-to-toe white. Enter the PWD (that’s the pretty white dress) and there are tonnes of them to be had this season, whether your budget is more Isabel Marant or Zara – in fact, scroll on for Zara’s doppelgänger Marant style mini for 20 quid.
Keep the look chic with pretty ruffles, tiers, sweet smocking details and timeless broderie anglaise, just steer clear of anything too sheer (unless you’re on the beach or seriously bold) or anything too tight.
There are a number of premium brands nailing the PWD this season, from Pieces of White’s billowing linen numbers to LOVESHACKFANCY’s bohemian ruffles. On the high street look to Reiss for beautiful embroidered details and Stories for cute babydoll style shapes.
Scroll on for our edit of the best for a whole host of occasions, whether you’ve a christening to attend (don’t even think about wearing white to a wedding unless you’re the bride) to beach holiday or an al fresco dinner in the city, best paired with ankle boots and a chunky knit – just don’t order the spaghetti.
Avoid having the same Zara dress as everyone else and look to their lesser known, big sister brand, Uterque. Slightly more expensive but their summer dresses are well worth checking out.
One brand doing pretty white dresses so well right now is Meadows. The sister brand to L F Markey, their signature shapes err on the side of 70’s with plenty of ruffles, choir boy high necklines and floaty maxi lengths. And now’s the time to shop as many of the brand’s summer styles are in sale, shaving a good £100 of the price.
We are just a little bit obsessed with Meadows' maxi length Bellflower dress, paired with barely-there sandals, and gold hoops.
Piece of White's billowing white dresses have 'holiday wardrobe' written all over them.