How to Wear a LWD (Little White Dress)
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Admit it, whenever you see a woman in a white dress you can’t help but look in awe. It’s an attention stealer, eye catcher and a statement in its own right. Is it possibly because it’s tradition that a bride wear white and on that day she be the centre of attention? Who knows… What I do know is that I’m ready to give you some tips on wearing a pure white dress. Flick through the images to get in the know.
What does white generally symbolise?
Light, purity, innocence, perfection, softness and freshness
General tips for wearing a pure white dress
The Little White Dress (LWD) is taking some market share from the LBD as a trend
Wear skin-colour underwear, not white. Spanx are also a good option
Buy good quality white fabrics to avoid the garment being see-through. It’s not a certainty, but less-likely.
Buying a lined white dress means it is less likely to be see-through
The dress is the hero, but add vibe and personality with the accessories and footwear, be careful to not overdo it and take away from the hero though
Yes, white can make you look bigger than your actual size, but there are tricks like wearing a plunging or v-neckline and a pointed shoe. Anything that gives the illusion of elongating or tieing in at the waist (think a fitted bodice or suitable bel
Accessory and footwear colours to pair with
Make your dress the only focus by accessorising with clear pieces
Go for a vibrant colour like orange, yellow, multi if you want to add some fun and positivity to your look
Wear earthy tones like brown, sand and rust to channel a natural look
Wear black for a modern, monochromatic, mood look
Add some party to your look by including metallic or sparkles
Some white fabric choices and the vibe they give
Wanting a beachy, easy-going or 'cute' vibe? Choose 100% cotton. Frill, flow and puff will provide the cutesy aesthetic
A linen fabric has a very coastal and luxe look
Wearing a silk dress is alluring, elegant, delicate and ‘untouchable’, in my opinion
Rib knit is similar to linen, in terms of the aesthetic feel to it. It’s casual, yet luxurious, when styled right
Chiffon (a mostly sheer fabric) is great for formal events, especially when there is embroidered detail. During the day, soft ruffles give a perfectly chic look. Short chiffon dresses usually work as a nice resort-style or casual event choice.
Jersey fabric is just an all-round casual, no fuss fabric, but tends to show everything. Best to wear spanx with this kind.
This is very general advice and of course heavily depends on the style/cut/fit of the dress. There are also many other fabrics available, these are just some of the popular choices.
My personal favourite pairings
A babydoll style dress, white sneaker, gold jewellery and neutral purse
A maxi rib-knit dress with sneakers for a casual look or for a more sophisticated look, strappy heels. Both with a rectangle purse and statement ring
A cotton embroidered mini dress with a black mule
I personally love a yellow strappy stiletto-style heel with a pure white dress
What really finishes a white outfit is all the little details like having your nails painted or manicured, your hair, sunglasses, bags etc.
A couple of rules
DO NOT WEAR IT TO A WEDDING UNLESS YOU ARE THE BRIDE (or plan on being the after-wedding gossip). In saying that, white can obviously be mixed in to your outfit. Just don’t wear a solid white outfit
Do an underwear check. It’s generally understood that people don't want to see your underwear choice of the day. Skin colour is always the safest choice
Be careful of over-bleaching, it can have a tendency to turn white into yellow if it is too powerful
Pit marks? Try the Sard Wonder Stick
Instant mark remover? The ‘Tide To Go’ stain remover pen has been sworn to work
Dab any marks. Avoid rubbing
Try washing in the hottest water with a good detergent, but please read the care tag first as some materials cannot handle the high temps. There is also a debate about hot vs cold and it’s up to you to determine what side you’re on here.
Brighley Dangerfield is a Gold Coast Personal & Fashion Stylist, as well as an Australian Instagram Style Blogger. She is available for in-person and virtual services. Editorial, lookbook, commercial, social media, personal wardrobes, personal shopping, special occasions and event styling. Now taking on new clients. Book Today! australian outfits instagram
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