On the list of our favorite things about summer, which includes driving with the windows down and watching cute lifeguards at the beach, the reemergence of white dresses takes a top spot. This piece is one of the most versatile wardrobe staples when the weather is warm, and it's a clean canvas ready to accessorize. The best part? White dresses come in all shapes, sizes, and styles! HC has found the cutest, chicest, and sexiest versions of the season for all collegiette budgets.
Who says cover-ups are only for hitting the sand? Easily transform this adorable beach staple into a casual daytime dress by adding a bright cross-body satchel and your favorite pair of flip-flops.
AE Hooded Beach Cover-up: American Eagle, $25
Busy collegiette on a budget? This is your go-to dress. Simply go from daytime dainty to nighttime chic in 30 seconds flat by swapping out those sandals for some serious pumps!
Pleated Tiers Dress: Forever 21, $13.50
Impress with a Shirtdress
White linen simply says summer. When it’s in the form of a universally flattering shirt dress, it's irresistible. Your waist will be defined, your sophistication will shine, and you’ll look polished with little to no effort.
Women's Linen-Blend Shirtdress: Old Navy, $25
Date Night White
This body-hugging tube dress is the answer to your hot date night prayers. The banding not only smoothes out any unwanted bumps, but it also defines those curves to create the ultimate feminine silhouette.
White Pleated Tube Dress: Charlotte Russe, $33
Eyeing up Eyelet
Eyelet somehow brings out our extra girly side, which is why we love it for a flirty dress.
Slip on this adorable and comfortable dress over your swimsuit or pair it with wedge sandals for girls' night out, and you’ll be feeling extra feminine in no time!
The Sexy Sundress in Eyelet: Victoria’s Secret, $50
Long Live the Lace
Loving lace this season as much as we are? With this super cute long-sleeved dress, you'll strike the perfect balance between sweet and sexy. Slip on a pair of summer wedges, and you’ll have legs that go on for days.
Velvet Torch Long Sleeve Lace Dress: Nordstrom, $52
This comfy knit tunic is the perfect casual and cool dress for summer. It's modest enough to cover you up, so put it on over your bathing suit to go right from the beach to lunch with the girls.
Knit Tunic Dress: J.Crew, $69.50
Sweet & Sexy
We simply can't resist this silhouette. With sweet capped sleeves, a defined waist, and a tulip-shaped skirt, you’ll feel undeniably adorable in this ensemble. But don't be fooled: the dress is just short enough to still make you feel the perfect amount of sexy.
Aqua Capsleeve Eyelet Jersey Dress: Bloomingdale's, $98
Think of this as a modern day Jackie O frock. The clean and sleek shape instantly amps up its chic factor, and the subtle yet intricate floral detailing creates a one-of-a-kind elegant dress.
Crochet Dress: Mango, $95
It's comfortable, versatile, and sexy. This jersey-knit dress also gives you a deep-v neckline and perfectly defined waist to die for. Need we say more?
The Date Dress: Victoria’s Secret, $79.50
One of our favorite things about lace (among many) is that it can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes, and silhouettes. This dress offers you a classically feminine contour, like a modern-day twist on a Betty Draper version. Wear this ensemble with nude pumps, and you’ll feel like the classiest of all acts.
Draper Lace Dress: Banana Republic, $130
Going to a summer wedding or warm weather formal event? Choose this soft and feminine draped dress to rock one of this season’s hottest trends—the one-shoulder style. You’ll even be comfortable enough to bust a few moves on the dance floor!
JS Boutique Dress, One Shoulder Draped Evening Dress: Macy's, $149
This ballerina dress is the perfect example of how a simple and clean white dress has an incomparable sweetness during the summer months. The leotard-and-ballet-skirt-inspired shape gives this piece an extra boost of femininity while showing off those toned arms and legs.
Ballerina Dress: Piperlime, $119
Move Over, Marilyn
We all know and love that famous white number worn by Marilyn Monroe. This similar dress gives you a classic taste of old school Hollywood without looking like a costume. Just beware of any Marilyn-esque wind blowing up that skirt!
White Halter Neck Dress: Wallis Fashion, $130
Raving Over Ruffles
Ruffle details rarely go out of style, especially when they enhance an already adorable dress. This extra feminine frock can easily go from business casual with nude flats to night on the town with the quick addition of some bold and colorful jewelry.
DKNYC Sleeveless V-Neck Dress with Ruffles: Zappos, $119
Summer is all about casual comfort, and this dress is exactly that. Channel your inner hippie circa 1969, and you’ll feel like a free spirit hitting the lawns of Woodstock.
Free People Embellished Sundress: Shopbop, $198
We don't think shirt dresses will ever go out of style, especially if they’re 50s-inspired. These pieces are universally flattering and extremely classic! Pair this version with nude sandals and a small straw bag to feel extra summery and sweet.
Spiraea Shirtdress: Anthropologie, $158
Prim & Preppy
Nothing says preppy more than seersucker and Lilly Pulitzer. We love the idea of pairing this chic tube dress with simple sandals, allowing your natural beauty to do the talking.
Lilly Pulitzer Franco Dress: Zappos, $198
This body-hugging dress by James Perse does more than show off your fabulous curves. It gives you a cool and casual vibe. When the two are combined, you’ll be getting looks left and right—trust us.
James Perse: Shopbop, $175
Stand out from the rest of the summer crowd with this edgy dress from Urban Outfitters. Channel your inner rockstar with a pair of open-toe black pumps to make a confidently bold (and super sexy) statement!
Almost Famous Short Dress: Yoox, $198
What are your favorite white dress picks? Share with us below!