ColumnWhite is synonymous with a lightness and ease associated with summer; it is flattering with every silhouette, looks fresh against sun kissed skin and never goes out of style. Wear a summer white dress casual or dressy–it’s always a blank slate to accessorize. On Trend this summer, here are seven of our favorite white dresses.
1. Ingalls Dress by David Peck
Houston-based designer David Peck is a champion of impeccably tailored feminine garments, with the ease of American practicality. This dress’ inward-collar neckline extenuates the shoulders for a subtle sexy touch. Made from the light and luxurious 100 percent Raw Silk Noil. Socially responsible manufacturing add to the strength of this summer white dress.
$395, David Peck
2. Sheer Layered Shirt Dress by Carrie Parry
This dress is fashion forward, and the epitome of a simple staple garment you’ll want to keep forever (and even wear past summer). Made of 100 percent Bemberg Cupro and 100 percent handwoven Silk Georgette Overay, the dress is produced in New York City. For every garment purchased a tree is planted through the non-profit Trees for the Future.
$385, Carrie Parry
3. Dickson Dress by Rae Francis
Designed and produced in New York City, this light summer white dress is effortlessly chic and fun for any occassion. It’s made from 100 percent cotton and lined with white silk. Ariel Lilly and Christina Coniglio of Rae Francis describe their collections as ‘Desk to Dinner,’ classic and elegant for an easy going boho-lifestyle summer trend.
$281, Rae Francis
4. Scallop Dress by Loup Charmant
As if from a dream, this garment’s delicate and flowing silhouette is light and just right for summer. Crafted with a deep V-neckline in the front, its structure was inspired by a found Victorian children’s dress. Made with organic cotton in New York City.
$490, Loup Charmant
5. La Rambla Lace Dress by Nanette Lapore
Long time designer and advocate in New York City’s Garment Center, Nanette Lapore, mixes lace fabric with a mod silhouette for this cute summer dress. The Mondrain-esq, asymmetrical detail adds a sense of fun to the charming lace. Whether it’s afternoon tea or strolling on a city street, this dress gives a rich dimension of texture to the summer trend.
$378, Bergdorf Goodman
6. Clifton Pleated Dress by Lavuk
This dress’ playful drop waist and pleated skirt give a nod to the flapper of the ’20s mixed with the simplicity of modern design. Made with 100 percent cupro, a fabric with a delicate appearance but embodies a durability like cotton, it’s ethically manufactured in Los Angeles. For every Lavuk garment sold a tree is planted through the American Forest Releaf Program.
7. Gianna Dress by Rag and Bone
Made in the US, this dress is a form-fitting take on the classic t-shirt dress. The fabric is perforated, but it’s fully lined, so no added fuss over what slip to wear underneath. Made with 72 percent viscose, dress is up or down, it’s a sure staple for summer.
$395, Rag and Bone
Images courtesy of the brands featured
Nanette Lapore La Ramba Dress photo credit: Bergdorf Goodman
[Editor's Note: On Trend columnist Johanna Bjork is on vacation and will return later this month. We welcome Juliette in her absence!]