The summer season offers up its own little style conundrums.  It is considered a more laid back and casual season than winter and spring, which can lead to questions about what is appropriate for a warm weather occasion. Never fear, for the little white dress (LWD) is here to save the day and your fashion woes.  Whether you are hanging at the beach, going to work, having a date night out or attending a summer event, the little white dress shows real style efficiency every time.

The LWD is now considered a wardrobe staple and like its sister, the LBD, you can have more than one.  For summer it is safe to say that these three options will work on a variety of body types, leaving you a variety of ways to get creative. Just remember to make sure the dress is lined, or the fabric is thick enough, to avoid transparency.

Classic Sheath

The sheath dress works well on curvy women with an hourglass figure just as well as it does on slim silhouettes or a boyish figure.  Finding one with a comfortable neckline and hemline  is the first step. Try an embellished collar or side panels. Purchase one with a cut-out back. Whatever your style, flaunt this LWD. Style it with a statement necklace or a pair of long earrings.  A sassy clutch in white, black or a tropical color looks cool and collected. It is perfect for work, or a day or night event.

Shift Shape

The boxy cut, rectangular shape of a white shift dress works well on casual occasions and for those of us who want to keep a bit hidden.  If you are widest at your waist then this is the dress for you. Someone who has an apple shape body will also look terrific in this style.  Find one in a delicate eyelet or lace to bring detail to the dress.  It will save you on accessories too.  Add a few bits of arm candy or a set of statement earrings for a dressed up look.  Pair it with heels or sandals depending on your plans.  The more casual the fabric the more casual the event.

Body Style Above All Else

No matter what color dress you wear you must always remember a few shape rules.  Fitted at the top and fluted out at the bottom, the mermaid cut is perfect for petite women.  V-neck style dresses look great on busty women.  Halters work for ballerina body types, those women who are tall and thin.  Pear-shaped women play up the neckline with an off the shoulder dress. Keep this in mind and you will always be in style.

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