7 New Ways to Style a White Dress Through the End of Summer

There comes a point midsummer when we can’t stand to look at our flip-flops, tank tops or jorts any longer. (Though, you know you love a beach look.) The little white dress, however, is a different story. Super versatile, the simple frock just needs a little styling zhuj and it works for nearly every occasion. Here, seven ways to wear it through the rest of August (and maybe even beyond).

How to Wear a Slip Dress Without Looking Like You’re in Lingerie

With A Chambray Shirt And Sneakers

Rock your favorite denim top as an accessory by tying it around your waist. (Bonus: It cinches in your narrowest part.) Then finish the look with simple white kicks. End-of-summer cookout? Count us in.

Get the look: ASOS dress ($35); Madewell shirt ($72); Adidas sneakers ($60)

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With A Kimono And Heels

A silky mantle is lightweight enough for mid-August heatwaves but provides the perfect amount of coverage (plus some added flair) for chillier evenings. Then go dressy with the shoes to avoid Coachella territory.

Get the look: Venus kimono ($25); Fashion to Figure dress ($26); Steve Madden heels ($80)

With Loafers And A Straw Hat

That beachy frock you’ve been sporting as a cover-up since May? Transition the dress to brunch-mode with a pair of slip-on mules or pointy-toed loafers, then top it all off with the hat you snagged on your latest European rendezvous.

Get the look: Anthropologie dress ($148); Jeffrey Campbell shoes ($130); J.Crew hat ($35)

With Bright Heels And A Printed Clutch

Think of your toned-down frock as a blank canvas for your most fun accessories. Snakeskin bag? Hot-pink pumps? We promise, as long as the base is minimal, it won’t look too busy.

Get the look: Chicwish dress ($55); BP. clutch ($45); Vince Camuto heels ($120)

With A Blazer And Strappy Heels

A tailored jacket, ankle-strap pumps and a funky clutch turn up your otherwise-casual summer dress. As long as your frock's material and silhouette aren't too folksy, the ensemble could even pass for workwear.

Get the look: Ann Taylor jacket ($140); French Connection dress ($89); Topshop clutch ($55)

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With A Leather Jacket And Mary Janes

As we drift into the less-humid months, you’ll need a topper to drape over your shoulders. Might we suggest your go-to moto jacket and some chunky heels for those cooler evenings? (And don’t forget the happy-hour-worthy metallic clutch.)

Get the look: Mackage jacket ($470); Joie dress ($428); Marc Fisher pumps ($160)

With A Denim Jacket And Booties

When it’s finally time to break out your ankle boots once again, don’t forget you can still don your LWD. Just pair it with a jean jacket and edgy handbag. You’re the coolest girl, breaking all the Labor Day rules.

Get the look: BlankNYC jacket ($168); Self Portrait dress ($545); Zara boots ($100)

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Roberta Fiorito

Senior Editor, Branded Content + Cohost, Royally Obsessed Podcast

In her 8 years at Gallery Media Group, Roberta has written about fashion, beauty, news, trends and the royal family. She is currently Senior Editor of Branded Content at...
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