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Her Campus’s 20 Favorite Little White Dresses

Well it’s that time of year—to switch it up and wear your LWD instead of your LBD.  The perfect LWD should be able to get you through any summer event including a 4th of July party, beach gathering, barbeque, and graduation parties. Here are Her Campus’s favorite LWD’s for summer, for every price point:

Under $30

Little White Beach Dress

Every collegiette™ needs the perfect beach dress for summer. Throw this dress in your bag and you’re ready to spend the day at the beach! Not only is this one affordable, it’s also super cute and comfortable. Old Navy, $10

A Touch of Floral

For those of you looking for a white dress with a little touch of color, this Forever 21 dress is perfect for you! The floral detail and the lovely silhouette make it ideal for summer. Forever 21, $22.80
 

Oh So Fancy

Need a dress for P. Diddy’s white party? I wish! If you were one of the lucky ones invited (or just want to pretend like you were), this dress is absolutely stunning. Charlotte Russe, $29.99
 

Just a Few Stripes
 

This laidback dress is perfect for lounging around on those lazy summer days. Dress it up for nighttime with a metallic belt. American Apparel, $27

 
Open Back Dress

Although this dress appears plain in the front, the bow in the back is a fantastic surprise! This dress is absolutely lovely for fancy summer dinners. Black Poppy, $29.50

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Under $50

The Classic Eyelet Dress

The eyelet detail is perfect for summer! This Delia’s dress could be worn for any occasion. Dress it up with a pair of fabulous heels or down with a pair of sandals. Delia’s, $35.50
 

The Shirtdress

The classic shirtdress is perfect for the preppy collegiette™. With an adorable pair of sandals, wear this dress during those cool summer nights. ASOS, $34.48
 

So Casual

How can you pass up this American Eagle summer dress? This summery dress is simple and casual, not to mention affordable. American Eagle Outfitters, $39.95
 

Floral Fanatic

Summer is the perfect time to pull out the floral. It adds a flirty touch to this fun LWD! Hollister, $49.50

 
Beach Bum

Need a dress to lounge around in? This dress is perfect to wear to the beach or even to chill in the backyard or park. Anthropologie, $49.95
 
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Under $75

Crochet Cool

What’s better than a dress that can be worn to the beach and a fancy dinner? Nothing! This relaxed dress has amazing crochet detail. Wear it with flip-flops to the beach, and for a nice dinner accessorize it with a necklace and fancy sandals. Hive & Honey, $59
 

Corset Cutie

The combination of the corset top and the fun pattern makes this stunning Victoria’s Secret dress flirty and fun enough to wear on a summer dinner date. Victoria’s Secret, $59.50
 

Summer Strapless


If you’re looking for a strapless dress for a summer party, this cotton dress is light and comfortable. Trixi, $54

 
Total Tunic

The tunic dress is absolutely wonderful because you can dress it up and down. Wear it with sandals when you go out to lunch with the girls or fun high heels to go out on the town. Zara, $59.50
 

Color Block Cutie 

With a little touch of off-white at the hem of the dress, this color blocked dress is absolutely stunning. For a little excitement add a metallic shoe! Gap, $59.95
 
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Under $150

Old-Fashioned Silhouette

An off-white dress is definitely necessary this summer season. This special dress has a vintage look to it, with an extra special salmon pink bow! Urban Outfitters, $79
 

One Shoulder Knockout
 

One of my favorite dresses on this list is this amazing one shoulder Topshop dress, completely appropriate for any formal summer party. Top Shop, $125

 
More Stripes 

Stripes are a classic summer trend that will always be stylish. On this light and airy dress from J. Crew, they’re suitable for your internship workplace while still being fun. J.Crew, $88
 

Ruffle Rage

If you’re looking for a plain and simple party dress, this may be the one for you. Accessorize this French Connection dress best with a skinny belt and amazing black leather pumps. French Connection, $148

  
Not So Little White Dress

I end this list with a dress that follows one of the biggest trends of the season, the maxi dress. This eyelet maxi dress is absolutely beautiful and it’s a wonderful dress for the summer months. Banana Republic, $150
 
 

Sophie Jasinski is a sophomore English major and Arts and Society minor at Mount Holyoke College. Originally from North Jersey, she spends most of her time in New York City. When Sophie isn’t studying in the library she loves to dance ballet, drink chai lattes, dig through vintage clothes, hang out with friends, and play tennis. Sophie is also a staff writer for the Mount Holyoke News. Last summer, Sophie interned with Donna Karan and hopes to intern for a fashion magazine in New York this summer. Sophie aspires to be the next Anna Wintour. Watch out world!!
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