Say Yes to a White Dress

In a world painted with vibrant hues and endless possibilities, there’s something undeniably captivating about the simplicity and purity of a white dress. Whether it’s a flowing gown, a tailored shift, or a breezy sundress here are some tips to help you when choosing a white dress.

Choose the right shade of white

As with all things colour make sure you choose a white that compliments – brilliant white is great for those in the winter pallet, soft white if you suit summer colours, ivory looks great when suited to the spring shades and if you look fab in the autumn pallet opt for oyster white.

Embrace proper underwear

The easiest way to ensure your underwear doesn’t show through is to choose undergarments that match your skin tone.  Seamless undergarments are also a good choice to avoid any visible lines which can be more noticeable when wearing lighter colours. A slip dress can also be a good option to ensure smooth lines.

Layer up

As temperatures can be unpredictable, layering is key. Pair your white dress with a denim jacket, a light cardigan, or a tailored blazer for a polished look.

Experiment with lengths

Midi and maxi lengths are perfect for a sophisticated look, while mini dresses are great for a more playful, casual style. Choose a length that suits the occasion and your personal style.

Consider the occasion

Choose the style of your white dress based on the occasion. A flowy sundress works well for casual outings, while a tailored sheath dress is perfect for more formal events. Be sure to dress it up or down accordingly with your choice of shoes and accessories.

Play with textures

Combine different textures to avoid a flat look. A white lace dress paired with a leather or denim jacket adds contrast and depth.

Have fun accessorising

You can keep it simple with delicate jewellery for a minimalist look, or add statement accessories like bold earrings or a chunky necklace for a more dramatic effect. Just be mindful not to overpower the simplicity of the white dress. And always consider your scale (your bone structure) when choosing accessories – worn to scale is best as it gives a visually balanced look.

Adding a belt can define your waist and add structure to a flowy white dress. A contrasting belt in brown, black, or a bright colour can make the dress stand out.


The choice of shoes can transform the look of a white dress. For a casual vibe, go for sneakers or flat sandals. To dress it up, opt for wedges, espadrilles, or strappy heels. And opting for nude or metallic shoes will elongate your legs and create the illusion of height.

Choose the right fabric

If your wanting to avoid transparency opt for thicker fabrics like cotton or linen or wear a slip under sheer fabrics. For more formal occasions, silk or satin can add a touch of elegance.

Don’t shy away from colourful accents

While white pairs beautifully with neutrals, don’t be afraid to add pops of colour to your outfit. A colourful belt, scarf, or handbag can add personality and depth to your ensemble without overwhelming your dress.

Pay attention to fit and tailoring

While I’d always advocate proper fit is essential and the pieces your wearing flatter your body shape white garments can be less forgiving than darker colours so ensure your dress fits you well and don’t be frightened to have it altered to achieve the perfect fit.

Will you say yes to a white dress?

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