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18 Little White Dresses to Live In This Summer

Stock up on this summer's best styles.

Paige Campbell Linden

Though we're not quite there yet, this summer stands to be much different than those of the past. For starters, we'll be getting dressed for actual outdoor activities. Whether they be celebrations, gatherings with friends, or neighborhood strolls, summer is calling, and we're ready to answer fully dressed for the occasion in a summer staple—the little white dress. A little black dress, as we all know, is a wardrobe essential, but when the sun is high and the days are long, an LBD just won't do. Enter the little white dress, better known as the dainty, and arguably more versatile, cousin of the standby black cocktail dress.

Much like an all-occasion LBD, a white dress during the summer months is just good styling judgment. It's easygoing, transitional, effortless, chic, casual, and sophisticated, but contrary to its name, it isn't always little. In fact, the variations in hem length is just one of the qualities that make these dresses so versatile. And though we do love a good mini, summer just wouldn't be the same without a few good sundresses and maxi styles. Keep reading to see the styles we're coveting for all the warm days to come.


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Tie-Strap Slim Waist Mini Dress

Whether running errands or going to brunch, this strappy minidress and matching scrunchie are perfect for weekend wear. With a price this great, we suggest grabbing both the gingham and floral version for variation.

Abercrombie & Fitch
$59

Palm Linen Two Piece

You can't go wrong with a cropped look this season. We're loving this two-piece set in white, which lends an elegant feel to an otherwise casual linen fabric.

Reformation
$278

Oversized Midi Shirtdress

The mid length on this shirt dress is oh so modern and crisp. For a minimal and tonal look, pair it with a low-top white sneaker and structured sunglasses.

Madewell
$108

Maryann Tie-Shoulder Dress

Stretch denim is the winner in this mod-style minidress, which also features adorable shoulder bow ties to offset its clean look.

Alice & Olivia Jeans
$330

Satin Effect Cut Out Dress

This sleek column dress features an adjustable side cutout and can easily transition from day to evening. If you're going for an evening look that is minimal and quick, add a swipe of one of these bold lip shades.

Zara
$50

Striped Cotton and Silk-blend Mini Dress

The breezy blend of cotton and silk will make this mini slip dress the one you come back to all summer long. And the flattering square neckline and subtle embroidered stripes don't hurt, either.

King & Tuckfield
$270

Bellamy Midi Dress

With its smocked top and tiered skirt, this laid-back gauzy dress is as ideal for garden parties as it is for a Sunday stroll.

Faithfull The Brand
$289

X Browns 50 Acau Axi Dress

Is there anything better than an easy-fitting, gauzy white maxi on a cool summer day? We thought not. Pair this easygoing maxi with chunky sandals or your favorite sneakers for a casual daytime look.

Totême
$195

Atlanta Smocked Linen Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

Reach for this lightweight midi dress on those warm days when you want ease and comfort. Made from a breathable linen, it will keep you cool and effortlessly chic.

Sleeper
$320

Jean Mini Dress

The all-over eyelet embroidery and vintage-like corset bodice of this dress feels fresh thanks to its mini hemline and feminine skirt. To accentuate the sweetheart neckline, pair with your favorite coin necklace or pendant.

For Love & Lemons
$202

Ari Mini Dress

We can't get over the delicate design of this carefree mini. The crocheted top adds a nice contrast to the frayed hem, and the quarter sleeves are perfect for a breezy day.

Free People
$128

Malibu Mini Dress

This tiered dress is ideal for more than just a day at the beach. On the hottest of days, this light-as-air mini will keep you cool and comfortable wherever your day takes you.

Daily Practice by Anthropologie
$98

Bandage Dress

If you're looking for something a little more daring, might we suggest this bandage dress by OPT? With its crossed straps, low back, and cutout sides, this dress is where *barely there* and sophistication meet.

OPT
$130

Smocked-waist Pleated Dress

The simple elegance of the pleated skirt and dainty straps make this dress a no-brainer. Just in case you're not completely sold, its holy-grail feature are the pockets hidden on both sides of the skirt.

J.Crew
$138 $95

Theodora Tea-length Bustier Dress

While we know it's not *stark* white, this scoop-neck dress is just as deserving a spot as the others on this list. In our opinion, its practical and simple style is only enhanced by its all-over wildflower print.

G. Label
$525

Peri Tiered Cotton Mini Dress

Short and sweet, this little frock is the epitome of summer comfort. The free-flowing fit is ideal for day or night, and the simple style will be timeless for summers to come.

Honorine
$295

Bronte Lace-Trimmed Organic Cotton Shirt Dress

If your style leans more towards a traditional taste, you'll enjoy the relaxed fit and vintage look of this dress. But don't be fooled; the simplistic silhouette is beautifully accented by an equally simple button placket and light pin tucking.

Mimi Prober
$719

Anastasia Dress

This classic tea-length shirt dress is perfect for bringing a little drama wherever you go this season—thanks to its artful scalloped cape collar and dainty tie. Not only does it ooze sophistication, but the tailored back will give you a sendoff that's worth remembering.

Naya Rea
$485
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