~~Like backyard BBQs and iced lattes, we count a perfect white dress among our Spring and Summer essentials. It's the go-to staple that's as fit for a cocktail party as it is for a weekend at the beach. Whether you are replacing an old favorite or need inspiration for a totally new twist, consider this your one-stop shop to finding your perfect white dress — for any body type or budget.
ShiftWhy we love it: The easy silhouette is a mainstay and conjures up images of minimalist beauties like Gwyneth Paltrow. It's an easy piece to dress up or down with the right accessories, and its breezy shape is the perfect option to slip into on hot Summer days.Best for: Athletic builds. The looser silhouette skims the body but doesn't hug curves or define a waist. If you want to play up your stems or showcase toned biceps, this dress is ideal.
EveningWhy we love it: Especially for Summer, evening dresses in white feel fresh and ultra elegant. Just look to Margot Robbie in a totally chic, totally sexy custom Calvin Klein gown. Just be sure to steer clear of any overtly lacy detailing to keep the look from feeling too bridal — and please don't wear this one to your best friend's wedding.Best for: All body types. Just look to a dressed-up silhouette that suits you best. Athletic build like Margot? Opt for a dress that skims your curves and shows a little skin. If you're looking to conceal a little more, look for styles that float away from the body or draw attention to your favorite areas via a lower neckline or open back.
Body-ConWhy we love it: The body-hugging fit of these dresses is all-out sexy. They're made for flaunting your figure, and depending on the fabric (we recommend something more substantial — the thinner the material, the more you'll reveal) and cut, these frocks can work for pretty much any occasion.Best for: Highlighting and creating curves. The snug fit doesn't leave much room to hide, but it also provides the perfect opportunity for playing up curves. Whether you're out to show off the ones you've got or hoping to create the illusion of curves, these styles are just the thing.
MaxiWhy we love it: Maxi dresses have become our go-to, thanks to their easy and universally flattering silhouettes. With the right fit and embellishments, they can transition seamlessly from day to night, event to event. We also love that their longer length means we can get away with wearing them to work.Best for: All body types. Maxi dresses work on everyone — it's all about finding the right fit for your body. If you want to stay covered up on top, look for long-sleeved styles. For showing off curves, opt for a fitted style, and if you're looking to flatter an hourglass shape, find a dress that cinches the waist and floats away from the body.Sun, May 29th 2016
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