6 Pretty White Summer Dresses
Chaps Crochet Piqué Sheath Dress
Dressy but not stuffy, this stretch-cotton piqué beauty boasts subtle crochet trim and a modest hem, making it completely appropriate for a daytime fete.
To buy: $70, kohls.com.
Featured in July 2013
Victoria’s Secret Battenburg Lace-Inset Dress
The latest iteration of a prairie dress, this feminine number is a departure from traditional white lace, thanks to three-quarter–length sleeves, a full skirt, and a scalloped hem. Wear it straight into fall by adding a jean jacket and booties. Also available in black.
To buy: $40, victoriassecret.com.
Island Company White Donovan Dress
A high-low hem, pin-tucked bodice, and trapeze shape lend a modern slant to an otherwise classic linen dress. Whether worn belted or loose (maybe over a swimsuit?), you’ll stay cool in style.
To buy: $195, islandcompany.com.
J.Crew Linen Twist-Front Dress
Combine the look of a tailored sheath with the ease of breezy linen by slipping on this ladylike knee-length cut. A twist detail at the waist helps create the appearance of an hourglass figure. Also available in yellow and black, and in petite sizes.
To buy: $188, jcrew.com.
Coldwater Creek Ethereal Chiffon Dress
Dress it up for cocktails on a midsummer’s night or down for a backyard party. Either way, this lovely pleated polyester maxi strikes a nice balance of whimsy and refinement. A pleated blouson bodice is forgiving for those with a full bust.
To buy: $120, coldwatercreek.com.
Boden Lace Dress
This charming cotton sheath boasts stunning details—luxe white embroidered lace, a grosgrain waistband—typically reserved for evening attire. Equally appropriate at a baby shower or a low-key wedding (if you’re the bride!), it’s a justifiable splurge. Also in petite sizes.
To buy: $139, bodenusa.com.
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