White – not just the preserve of brides and Wimbledon – there is nothing quite like an all white ensemble in the summer. But how to avoid looking like a walking bedsheet? Choose your style and fabrication wisely and you will look and feel cool in the summer heat. Here are my top ten:
& Other Stories has a couple of crackers that go straight to the top of the list for me this summer. First off is this gorgeous Broderie Anglaise Midi Dress £55. Strictly speaking this dress is off white. But actually for many people, a white that is not optic, can be much more flattering so choosing something with a bit of warmth in it can be the way to go. I have just put a black ribbon around the waist but you could wear without or add any bright to give a pop of colour.
Next up is this which is a smarter option and one you could wear to the office or on holiday: A Line Cotton Dress £59 also from &Other Stories. This is probably one for someone who isn’t on the tall side as the skirt length would probably verge on the indecent.
A white shirt dress is an obvious choice and you can go two ways – pretty and feminine like this White Broderie Clemmie Shirt Dress £58.80 in the sale at Boden.
Or the Sophia Shirt Dress £88 but with the code NN18 you will get 10% off. Both of these dresses come in Petite and Regular and the Sophia also comes in long. Pair with wedged espadrilles or some jewelled sandals and wear at summer parties/on holiday or for work.
Alternatively, go modern with Autograph’s Pure Cotton Shirt Dress with belt £65. This would be the fashion choice and it has been several editors’ top pick. A real goodie for work – plus it has sleeves which is always a bonus.
The flat shot of the dress doesn’t do it justice. Roll the sleeves up to look a bit less medical.
Sticking with simple styling, Cos is obviously the place to head. They have this lovely Knit Dress with Slits £79. This is ivory, so again can work better against the skin for some. Add a necklace and wear with tan mules for work or pop on a pair of sandals for the evening.
If it’s casual, holiday wear that you are after, then try Boden’s Henrietta Linen Dress £80 (NN18 will get you 10% off) which has the fashionable off the shoulder look.
Otherwise, Hush has a couple of beauties including this Loren Embroidered Dress £75. This is designed to be a loose fit so if you do want it a bit more figure hugging, then you will need to size down.
In a similar vein, is the Camellia Dress £69. There is very little stock on the website, but John Lewis does have this in stores. (I also love the Amber dress but there are barely any sizes available.)
Last but not least, Oasis has this white Broderie Midi Dress £60 which you will need to hurry to snap up as although it is new in, it is already low in stock across all sizes and out of stock in some.
So you’ve got your whites sorted, but the question is: will the sun shine for Wimbledon?