Everyone’s Going To Be Wearing The White Nighty Dress Trend This Summer

By Astrid Carter | 27th June 2023
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Too good to keep for bedtime, here’s why we’re embracing the billowing, white nighty dress trend this season.

A white dress come summer is nothing new – it’s the warmer month’s answer to a grey knit jumper in winter – but this season, we’re lusting after the type that err on the side of nightgown. We’re talking crinkled linens, slightly sheer cottons and airy, prairie style silhouettes, sweet ruffle details and traditional smocking.

Granted, the looks not for everyone and does have a whiff of Victorian child-meets-Wickerman about it, but there’s something so pretty, so simple about wafty white dresses, especially when teamed with coquettish simple accessories – a velvet bow in the hair or a Parisian-style basket bag, and simple flat sandals.

It’s also a great option for any summer heatwaves – we’re getting ahead of ourselves here – but, for now, can be made more spring-appropriate with an oversized denim jacket or one of this season’s must-have quilted waistcoats.

There are plenty to choose from, from legitimate nightwear brands like Smock London and If Only If, as well as nighty-inspired iterations from the likes of FreePeople, Piece of White and one of the brands of the moment, DÔEN.

Scroll to shop our edit of the best nighty dresses to float around in this season…

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Reine Nightgown


Californian brand DÔEN’s collections are filled with nostalgic silhouettes, romantic dresses and etherial details like smocking and ruffle necklines.

DÔEN's selection of white, nighty-style dresses have a vintage feel and have us thinking of the dreamy Virgin Suicides wardrobe.

Paper London's Martha dress has summer holiday written all over it. Pair with ankle-tie tan sandals and a raffia bag come holiday season, or wear now with cowboy boots and an oversized denim jacket.

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If Only If

Julia Dress


Consciously sourced and sustainably made nightwear brand, If Only If, do some of the prettiest white nighties you’ll find on the market.

The Julia comes with a floor-sweeping hem and long sleeves for a more dramatic look, with pretty applique detailing at the neck. Perfect for throwing on over a bikini or swimsuit on holiday  – very Daisy Jones & The Six vibes.

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Musette Nightgown


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