Summer staples: The white dress

As summer nears (I love that here in the Pacific Northwest, summer starts when it’s supposed to, with the solstice!), I’m thinking about seasonal staples. What items do I wear summer after summer? The first one to come to mind is my white sheath dress, which I’ve had for years. And my mom had this dress for years, as it was hers from the ’60s. A classic never goes out of style!

Here is my inspiration board, with some ideas to take your white dress — in whatever style flatters your shape (shift, trapeze, full-skirted, etc), and in whatever texture you prefer (lace and crochet are always great for summer) — from day to night.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer Staples: White Dress collage

The main accessories are similar in both versions, done in different textures and colors. Adding classic, bold colors (like red, black, and/or blue) feels fresh for daytime, and pairing silver with white is always a chic option for evening.

And here are my real-life interpretations, using similar items from my own wardrobe:

White Dress – Day

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer staples: The white dress, day version

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer staples: The white dress, day version

I added a red, white & blue scarf as a headband, my vintage wicker purse, black strappy espadrille wedges, and classic denim jacket.

White Dress – Night

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer staples: The white dress, night version

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer staples: The white dress, night version

I dressed up my vintage white sheath dress with a metallic striped scarf (it’s really light silver and white with metallic threads running through), silver sequin clutch, and silver heels. I tied my hair back in a low side bun.

By the way, I’ve also winterized this white dress, pairing it with a sweater and tights.


9 thoughts on “Summer staples: The white dress

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  6. jingtennis

    You really are doing a good job to putting simple pieces together and look very pretty too! I have one white dress very similar to yours. I often thought it was too blank and didn’t know what to do with it. You make me want to copy your look exactly. Come and check on me next time, I will put on the same outfit.
    Keep on shining in your own beautiful way!
    From Jing


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