Summer Isn't Complete Without The LWD

            Summer brings ideas of endless warm weather days that are filled with some of the things we look forward to all year: friends’ weddings, picnics in the park, sun and sand, and trying out that new restaurant for date night.  With so many things on your agenda, finding the right outfit can be a struggle, to say the least.  A perfect go-to outfit for any occasion this summer is the LWD (little white dress).  Forget the struggle and follow these helpful hints below to find the perfect little white dress for your body type (and for every occasion). 

 

Inverted Triangle

Eyelet Lovesong Dress. Madewell. $98.

Eyelet Lovesong Dress. Madewell. $98.

-Shoulders are wider than hips

If you have an inverted triangle body shape the best LWD for you would be a style that accentuates your legs and draws the attention away from your shoulders.  To even out your frame, go for a dress that is slightly shorter, so that the focus is on your leg line.  With this dress from Madewell, the bottom features an eyelet design, which helps to put even more emphasis on your lower half. 

 

 

Triangle/pear

Catherine Catherine Malandrino 'Frankie' Dress. Nordstrom. $158. 

Catherine Catherine Malandrino 'Frankie' Dress. Nordstrom. $158. 

-Shoulders are slimmer than the hips

For a triangle/pear shape you want the eye to be drawn upward away from the waist.  Wearing high necklines and having detailing around the neck will bring attention where you want it.  When picking your LWD, a wider hem is always ideal.  With this Catherine Catherine Malandrino dress found at Nordstrom, the eyes are instantly drawn to the geometric detailing around the neckline and away from the hips. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rectangle

-Hips and shoulders aligned 

BCBGeneration Midi Dress. ASOS. Was $171.49 Now $110.51.

BCBGeneration Midi Dress. ASOS. Was $171.49 Now $110.51.

The rectangle body shape needs a dress that helps emphasize the waist and create curves.  The best style to do this is a cinched waist or a peplum style.  This BCBG midi dress found at ASOS features not one, but both of these styles that are ideal for a rectangle shape.  With a frilled peplum, cinched waist, and an added side thigh split this style will be your perfect LWD for summer. 

 

 

 

 

Diamond/Apple

-Round shape all over or accentuated middle

Chelsea28 Jacquard V-Neck Fit & Flare. Nordstrom. $98. 

Chelsea28 Jacquard V-Neck Fit & Flare. Nordstrom. $98. 

The key to fitting the diamond/apple shape in a LWD is to draw attention away from your midsection and emphasize your waistline and chest area.  With this body shape, you do not want clingy fabric, so a fit and flare dress will be the perfect style for you!  This v-neck fit and flare dress by Chelsea28 found at Nordstrom will hide any unwanted lumps and bumps and show off your figure! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hourglass

-Waist is smaller than bottom and shoulders 

Textured Wrap Dress. Mango. $59.99    

Textured Wrap Dress. Mango. $59.99

 

 

When dressing the hourglass shape, you want to accentuate your slim waist and show off those curves.  Your waist is smaller than your bottom and shoulders, so finding a dress with a belt will help to draw the waist in even more than it normally is.  When choosing a dress, mid thigh length and a higher fitting waist are ideal to help elongate your body.  (This dress also features a wrap style, which is an added bonus to showing off your assets!)  This belted wrap dress can be found at Mango.com.

 

 

 

There are a couple things that you need to remember when finding your perfect LWD for summer.  Simplicity is the key- find a dress that is classy and comfortable all on it’s own.  If you need to dress it up or dress it down, there are always different shoes  (sandals vs. wedges) or accessories (sun hat vs. jewelry) that can change your outfit to fit the occasion.  Also, remember to find what fits right for your body type.  Determine what shape you are and follow my helpful tips on what styles of dress to buy in order to make your body look its best!  Finally, don’t think that you have to buy the most expensive dress in order to receive the most compliments on your outfit.  There are plenty of low to moderately priced options that can work just as well for you.  You are now armed with the tools to dress your best all summer long!