How To: Style An LWD

A little white dress (LWD) truly is a summer staple. From date nights, to brunch with the girls, to road trips to the Okanagan, a little white dress is always a winner. Pair it with everything from a blazer and pumps to a denim jacket and sneakers for a multitude of looks perfect for any occasion.

When selecting your LWD, look for a silhouette that lends itself to both casual and dressy looks. Think a simple slip or shift dress as opposed to something too structured or embellished. While a bodycon dress will kill it on the dance floor, you might not feel totally comfortable strolling around a farmer’s market.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Cindy Yu styles a simple white shift dress from Plenty to create stunning, on point summer looks.

Monk & Lou Mist Shift Dress

With it's flattering cut and minimalistic style - this shift dress is the perfect blank canvas for your summer looks.

Available at Plenty $89*

Fiolla Ankle Strap Sandals

These barely-there sandals look as on point with a white dress as they do with denim. The slightly wider toe band provides extra comfort as well as style.

Available at Aldo $95*

Navel Grazing Necklace

Grab a navel grazing necklace to help break up a sea of white.

Available at Old Navy $14.95*

Levis Original Trucker Denim Jacket

A classic denim jacket is just one of those things that every girl should have. Wear it over dresses, t-shirts, can even wear it with denim bottoms.

Available at Plenty $108*

Dorthy Mules

If you've only got room in your closet (or budget) for one pair of mules - these might just be them. Butter soft tan leather, neutral block heel, pair with denim, dresses, shorts...

Available at Aldo $90*

Lord & Taylor Classic Plaid Scarf

Never underestimate the importance of a good scarf. This light-weight one from Hudson's Bay is beyond versatile. Wrap it around your neck, head or purse strap for an instant hit of east-coast chicness.

Available at Hudson's Bay $44*

Sol Sana Union Grommet Sandals

For a sophisticated yet still casual look, swap out your flip flops for a leather sandal. Not a fan of a gladiator? Wrap the straps around your ankle for a more modern look.

Available at Privilege Clothing $125*

Halston Perforated Bomber Jacket

Pair your LWD with one of this year's hottest jackets - a bomber! This perforated faux-leather one from Halston adds a slightly tough-girl vibe to your sweet little white dress.

Available at Hudson's Bay $129*

Adidas Gazelle Sneakers

A sleeker alternative to the Superstars, the Gazelles pair perfectly with a LWD (and don't get as dirty as Stan Smith's).

Available at Town Shoes $110*


Try adding a belt to change the shape of the dress and add a pop of colour.

Available at RW&CO. $45.90*

Nine West Gallmeyer Block Heel Sandals

Attending an outdoor event this summer? Opt for a block heel sandal! No sinking in the grass and slightly more on trend than a wedge. Plus the bright hue pops!

Available at Hudson's Bay $120*

Lace Cardigan

The great thing about a simple LWD is that it pairs beautifully with different textures. Add a little lace, knit, embroidery to create dimension and visual interest.

Available at RW&CO. $79.99*

Block Heel Sandals

These soft dove grey sandals add subtle contrast to a LWD while still staying neutral.

Available at Le Chateau $69.95*

How do you style your LWD?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change.