the best white dresses for spring and summer…

13th April 2022
Unless you’re a wedding guest, at this time of year a white dress does no wrong in my eyes. Chic and timeless, they come into their own in spring, turning heads and hogging the limelight until the autumn leaves start to fall… 

With that in mind, after receiving an influx of DMs asking for white dress ideas (off the back of my spring dress edit that I shared a few weeks back) I’ve gone down an online rabbit hole on the hunt for the very best white dresses for spring and summer.

From the dainty dresses that can take you from day to night to the more daring numbers that will turn heads at an evening soiree, after a bit of deliberation back and forth, I’ve whittled down the best of the best below…


This MANGO dress conjures up visions of picnics in the park or chasing my niece and nephews around our garden at Easter. It’s so dainty and dear – a far cry from any winter wardrobe – and is wholly suitable for the summer months too. 


From the designer themselves, this stunning midi dress has been designed with sunny days in mind and already has me looking forward to the Bank Holidays coming our way this month. It’s playful. It’s flattering. It’s optimistic. It’s chic. Exactly the kind of dress that I’m looking for this spring.



When it comes to playful mini dresses that demand attention, Karen Millen have nailed it yet again with this broderie number. Perfect for a day date or a lunch with friends, I’d add my Hermes belt and wear it with sandals. 


From the dramatic sleeves to the detail of the embroidery, I don’t think I’ll ever get over how much I love this dress from my latest collection. With that it mind, every ounce of me new it had to make this list. Ideal for a spring lunch with friends that could easily turn into drinks, it’s the kind of dress that you put on and instantly feel ready to go.


This is the kind of dress that I’d wear to nip into Waitrose for fresh bread and croissants on a Saturday morning and still be wearing hours later, at a weekend gathering with friends. Though I’d definitely need to take my own nude underwear advice on board, I know that I’ll get a lot of wear out of it this year.


This dress has me dreaming of walking barefoot through the sand, wind running through my hair as the sun rises from the ocean… Too much!? Perhaps… But you get the gist. It’s effortless style and belongs in any suitcase that is heading in the direction of the beach at Easter. 


If you’re looking to invest in a designer dress that will never date, I think I’ve found the one for you in ‘The Audley’ by Erdem.  Tailored to perfection, she’s a thing of timeless beauty. A dress that will out live the majority of fashion phases to come.


Amazon fashion is the gift that keeps on giving and this midi number is only evidence of that. Not only can it be worn around the clock, but the elastic waist adds more structure to an already flattering fit. Don’t even get me started on the ABSOLUTE BARGAIN of a price point too.



You know you love a dress when you feature it in more than one blog post but this Altuzarra dress ticks all of the right boxes for spring. Chic, sophisticated, timeless, classic… it’s a dress that demands attention without even trying.


This dress has spring date night written all over it. From the lace-trimmed neckline and thigh slit, to the bracelet sleeves and tiered hem, it oozes romance and will charm all who see you in it.


If you’re looking for an evening gown that oozes sophisticated simplicity, I think I’ve found it in this slinky floor length number from Mango. From the halter neck to the open back, the length to the off-white shade, it’s guaranteed to turn heads in the very best way. 



Oh Costarellos, you do no wrong… Admittedly this dress was designed as part of Costarellos’ exclusive bridal capsule but if you have a white party or ball to attend this season, I’d highly encourage you to have a look at this beauty. Designed for a woman who’s “not afraid to shine”, it’s truly exquisite. You’ll be the belle of the ball, I’m sure.

Fancy something with a bit more colour? Have a look at my spring dress edit here!
Lydia xx

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