Imagine being whisked away to an island while wearing the perfect summer outfit. With warmer weather in our midst and stay-cations in our vocabulary, the white dress is the easiest essential to throw.

When you think of white, associations like – not wearing after Labor Day or wedding dresses- may come to mind. However, it’s been refined as a go-to color for the summer and all year-round. A white dress is a must-have in every woman’s closet. No matter the occasion, you can’t go wrong with these 5 styling tips!

A white dress is a must-have in every woman’s closet. No matter the occasion, you can’t go wrong with these 5 styling tips!

Try another texture.

Go for variety. 

The white dress’ calling card is being transitional for every occasion. A white babydoll dress may be better suited for lunch dates while a white midi dress is more appropriate for special occasions. When it comes to picking the perfect white dress, it doesn’t hurt to have a few to choose from.

The essence of a dress can really be determined by its texture. A white silk dress exudes a more sultry style whereas a white knit dress is more conservative. A white knit dress can be dressed up for fancy occasions or dressed down for summer days out with the girls.

Knit Dress with Contrasting Topstiching | www.us.maje.com

Style with complementary colors.

A monochromatic fit does not have to be boring. Style a white dress by adding a pop of color with a baby blue neck scarf or a neutral-colored lightweight cardigan for coverage.

Ladder Trip Dobby Wrap Dress | www.tedbaker.com

Don’t opt for too sheer.

Avoid your next fashion woe by double-checking your white dress before stepping out the door. A lined white dress is ideal to ensure it’s not see-through. Either opt for a dress with a thicker material or make sure you have the undergarments to suit it.

Tie-Front Mini Dress | www.madewell.com 

Try a white-on-white set.

Play with a classy two-piece white set, which consists of a crop top and high-waisted skirt. It’s not too revealing. In fact, you could even trick others into thinking it’s a one-piece. 

Kacie Two-Piece Sleeveless Maxi Dress www.nordstrom.com