The White Dress – A Summer Staple

A white dress – the simplest of summer staples yet the hardest to wear. With Wimbledon in full swing and Ireland enduring a heatwave my fashion thoughts have turned their sartorial heads towards the white dress. This time last year I had only one white dress on my mind and that was my wedding dress. I was knee deep in fittings for what would be the most treasured dress I have ever worn. Alas this summer the white dresses I’m coveting are more of a casual nature.

Before I delve into my favourite 5 from the high street and online I think we have to address the troubles associated with such a simple dress. Let’s be honest wearing white is no mean feat. Firstly, our pale Irish skin tones don’t give the virgin tone the pop it undoubtedly deserves. Though with a mix of said heatwave and a touch of fake tan this problem can be alleviated.

Next up is underwear. I have never been prudish when it comes to showing a bit of what lies beneath. Being a self-confessed Sex and the City obsessive I took a note or two of Carrie’s penchant for wearing a brightly coloured bra under something white. This of course doesn’t always work so when in doubt nude is the better option. Don’t be fooled into thinking white will work, it doesn’t. Thirdly the one problem I can’t actually help with is spillage. My only advise is try to stay away from the red wine!


Embroidery and white are always a pretty combination. This white Zara dress ticks all of this season’s trends with detailed sleeves and it’s midi length. Take inspiration from the model look by matching with a ‘dad’ trainer to bring street style to the prettiness.

Embroidered midi dress, €49.95 at Zara


Here is a dress made for picking wild flowers in the English country-side. The lace detail creates an ethereal vibe and with its loose fit this is a perfect dress for long lazy summer days.

Lace midi dress, €129 at & Other Stories


The Bardot style dress remains a summer favourite. This would be perfect for a summer evening dinner date at home or on the Mediterranean coast.

White button up bardot dress, €55 at River Island


White denim jeans are a summer staple. Why not mix it up this season with this white denim dress? Throw on a pair of classic black Converse and you’re good to go.

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Cold shoulder white denim dress, €72 at Warehouse


Take a splurge with this stunning Isa Arfen dress. Its oversized buttons and belt are in keeping with its easy to wear slightly oversized look. Perfect for office to night without compromising on style.

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Cotton belted white dress, €540, Isa Arfen at net-a-porter


Hope you have enjoyed my white dress edit. Enjoy the sunshine!