Meet the little black dress’ summer sister – the LWD. Pure, ethereal and simply irresistible, the little white dress is set to become your hero piece this season.

On the Catwalk

From delicate lace at Chloé to intricate laser-cut detailing at Valentino and feathery hems at Celine, the catwalks were awash with exquisitely detailed dresses in crisp white tones.

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How to Wear the LWD

The ultimate blank canvas, an LWD can be dressed up or down making it a versatile wardrobe staple. Here we show you how to wear the look from day to night:

From day…

Wonderfully light and airy, the LWD is perfect for accentuating sun-kissed skin on warm summer days. If the girly look isn’t for you, toughen up a pretty Victoriana inspired lace dress with contrasting black accessories à la Sienna Miller. Alternatively, channel the Seventies bohemian spirit of the season like Candice Swanepoel in a floaty white maxi dress accessorized with strappy gladiator sandals and a tan coloured satchel bag.

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Get the Look: Left to right – Dorothy Perkins embroidered camisole dressJoe Browns cut out bootsFaith studded bagMiss Selfridge white crochet maxi dressRay-Ban gold pilot sunglassesFaith tan leather sandals and Faith tan saddle bag

To Night…

The little white dress works just as well for special occasions and evening events. Look for structured silhouettes, luxurious textures and exquisite embellishment for a glamorous after-dark twist. The neutral colour means you can have fun with accessories – either choose colour-popping brights or nude accessories with interesting finishes such as studs or prints.

little white dressGet the Look: Left to right – J by Jasper Conran white linen blend dress, Dune studded mid heel sandalDune colour block clutch bagDorothy Perkins embellished collar shift dressDune neutral sandal and No.1 Jenny Packham chevron clutch bag

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