Little White Dresses Are In No Short Supply This Summer

It’s a fact.

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It’s hard to imagine a summer that’s not full of relaxing afternoons near the shore, sugary ice cream cones, and late-night outdoor concerts. And the same goes for a warm-weather wardrobe lineup without white dresses. That’s because the breezy, versatile number is a non-negotiable for the new season. The industry’s most sought-after designers clearly couldn’t agree more, as the look was a standout piece on the runways last September during New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024.

The tried-and-true summer staple took on many forms on the catwalks. At Khaite, founder and creative director Catherine Holstein sent a handful of models (seven, to be specific) down the runway donning various white gowns, running the gamut from classic slips to billowy puff-sleeve silhouettes. Meanwhile, namesake designer Michael Kors proved the power of an easy everyday shirt dress — a trending style adored by celebrities like Anne Hathaway (who just wowed in a custom Gap look), Gwyneth Paltrow, and Dakota Fanning, to name just a few A-listers. Kors’ pared-back mini version was spiced up with a high-shine gold rope detail, as evidenced below. And if you’re a sucker for a romantic lace number, look no further than Ralph Lauren’s layered long-sleeve iteration.

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As you can see, there’s a medley of white dresses to pick from right now. To help you find the perfect option, we rounded up an edit of the aforementioned styles, as well as a few other summer must-haves below.

Embellished Silk-Satin Midi Dress
Yes, the brooch trend is still having a moment, and this Rodarte midi dress (which features a detachable floral style) is an excellent way to partake in the look.


Paloma Wool
Globo Dress
Like it or not, the rumors are true: Bubble skirts are back, baby. Paloma Wool, for one, showed this sleeveless midi iteration on its Spring/Summer 2024 runway.