A case for the crisp white cotton dress

Street style white dress with black shoes

Back in the day, a cotton poplin white dress was all kinds of prim and proper. The fact that you could not spill even a drop of salad dressing on your lap made it seem almost out of reach. But Tide stick in hand and an appreciation of a few wrinkles has changed everything. Plus, the easy and relaxed styles of late make it an easy choice for spring and summer. Three years ago the LWD (little white dress) was hailed as the next LBD. It was seen on the runways of Céline, Lanvin, YSL and even Givenchy, the label responsible for the original LBD as worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Soon white dresses were all over the celebrity circuit and they haven’t lost momentum since. So here’s what’s new: Spring 2015 designers like Rachel Comey, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Opening Ceremony and others focused on that crisp white shirting fabric for a whole variety of styles that are anything but prim. We’re big fans of the shirt dress, the A-line shift, the drop peplum and long dresses. Just add accessories like shiny black loafers or a leather vest to make it your own.

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