White Dresses You Need In Your Wardrobe For The Summer!

Best White Dresses Over 40!

I don’t have an exciting beach trip planned any time soon, but I can still dream, right!? When I’m thinking about vacation, I immediately start dreaming up what I’ll wear. And if it’s a spring or summer vacation, the first thing that pops into my head?? Gorgeous, chic white dresses! I can image myself walking along the beach in a fabulous, flowy dress. But finding the ideal white dress is not easy. The fit and fabric must be perfect…and, as you get older, you also want the length to be just right.

Even if you don’t have a beach vacation planned, you can still wear a gorgeous white dress around your house, during Zoom calls, or on the occasional date night. To help my own white dress hunt for the spring/summer…and yours… I’ve rounded up over 18 white dresses! If you have an upcoming trip, grab these dresses before they’re gone!


A Gorgeous LWD For Every RSVP


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By the way, one of the big spring/summer trends this year is what we’re calling Bridal Vibes. Basically, any little white dresses, all-white outfits, tiered skirts, lace, beading, embroidery, etc. If you’re interested in more of the spring and summer fashion trends, you can find them all here.

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Chic & Sophisticated

This gorgeous Acler dress might be the next white dress addition in my closet! I have two Acler dresses I bought last summer and absolutely love. This one has a flattering cinched waist, dramatic puff sleeves, and eyelet embroidery throughout, AND it’s cotton so you’ll stay cool!

Sexy Showstopper

Does this dress look familiar? I have it in a beautiful rust color and it’s one of those dresses that makes me feel instantly confident and sexy. I know it’s probably out of some of your comfort zones (it was out of mine at first too) but if you give it a chance, you might just love it! Plus, it’s perfect for that resort getaway with your significant other.

Intricate Beauty

Alexis makes beautiful, special occasion dresses. I love the embroidered eyelet and intricate lace detailing on this mini. The removable twisted rope-style belt is also great if you want to cinch in the waist.

Elegant Lace

If you’ve been following me a while, you probably remember this gorgeous For Love & Lemons dress from about three years ago. It’s a sexy mini with a shorter hemline and open back. I love how the lines on the front are strategic and super flattering, creating a defined waist. It has a slightly flared skirt to provide forgiveness around the hips, butt, and thighs (great silhouette on many body types). Because of the back, you will have to wear pasties, a Nubra, or no bra, depending on what you’re comfortable with. I love how feminine yet sexy this dress is. It’s perfect for cocktail events, showers, date nights, etc.

Casual High-Low

This subtle sequin, sundress has cool, boho bell sleeves and a tie front detail that adds a touch of sexiness. And the high-low hemline is perfect for framing a beautiful pair of shoes!

Fun Fringe

Rococo Sand is known for its fun resort-ready styles and this mini would be perfect for a beach trip, with wedges to go to lunch with friends, or dressed up for date night. I love the v-neck, sheer sleeves, and fun lace and fringe hem.

Eyelet Details

If you’re looking for a casual but chic white dress, this En Saison maxi is a great basic with a twist. It has pretty eyelet details on the flutter sleeves and tiered hem. The empire waist is super flattering on many body types. The criss-cross straps in the back give it a sexy feel (but you can still wear a regular bra). And it’s cotton so you won’t get too hot!

Show Off Your Shoulders

Charo Ruiz Ibiza is another brand known for its vacation-ready pieces. I love the contrast between the sexy open shoulder and longer hemline. The eyelet fabric is also really pretty!

Coverup to Dinner

9seed is a wonderful brand to look at if you need some classic vacation must-haves like coverups and sundresses. This coverup can double as a casual dress and the fabric dries super quickly!

Sleek & Sexy

This dress is anything but simple…it has a sexy back cutout but the fabric still keeps you held in up top while the flared skirt makes it even more flattering.

Casual Cotton

This casual cotton Bardot dress is the perfect versatile dress for spring-summer! You can wear it with sneakers to run errands or with espadrilles for dinner. You can dress it up or down for pretty much any occasion. AND it’s cotton so you'll stay nice and cool.

Resort Date Night

I could see myself wearing this Agua Bendita maxi on a resort vacation to dinner. I love the faux buttons down the front, floral eyelet fabric, and sexy sweetheart neckline.


I LOVE this dress! I know the cutouts and string-wrap trends aren’t for everyone, but this dress does it in a way that makes it feel a little closer to my comfort zone. The longer hem and sleeve coverage balances out the exposed skin.

Most Casual

If you want a super affordable dress that doubles as a coverup, try this BB Dakota dress. It has pretty flutter straps and it’s cotton so you’ll stay cool and it’ll dry fast if you use it as a coverup!

Everyday Chic

This Paige dress is another one of those dresses you can dress up or down. I’d wear this with sneakers for a more casual look but also dress it up with some strappy sandals or chic mules!

To The Max

This is sexy while still making you feel like you’re covered up. If you love your arms but don’t love showing off your legs, I’d go for something like this Jonathan Simkhai maxi! The keyhole detail on the front and back are sexy and you get to show off your shoulders, but the rest is completely covered up.

Cool Cutouts

If you liked #13 but don’t want to show off THAT much skin, this Wayf dress is another lovely option that has the same cutout trend but doesn’t show too much! The cutout is only on the sides and doesn’t extend all the way to the back. I also love the tiered skirt and puff sleeves.

Feminine Frill

For all the fun, feminine frill, this Alice + Olivia midi has you covered…I love the bow straps, smocked bodice, ruffled trim, and eyelet fabric!
How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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6 thoughts on “White Dresses You Need In Your Wardrobe For The Summer!

  1. Im short, 5’ 3” with long slender legs.
    No hips, small butt and not much waist.
    Im the upside down triangle.
    I have most trouble with tops both because of my high waist and ample bust.

  2. Didn’t purchase your specific suggestions, Erin, but I did get a really cute zebra slip dress and a sweater through your link. I’m an XL and I have difficulty finding fashionable clothes sometimes. Thanks for putting walmart on my fashion radar! I know their XL’S fit perfect. ❣

  3. Hi Erin, let me start by saying that I love you! I think your great, your YouTube channel is fabulous and i look forward to your videos. I really like the 3 white dress options that you gave but they are SUPER Expensive!!! I’m 40years old a mom of 6 and a college student, i can’t spent $160 on one dress. I love makeup,shoes AND fashion, can you give some more affordable OPTIONS please? Thanks.
    Tiffany Bell

    1. Thank you for your feedback, Tiffany. I’m so sorry that these three exact dresses are on the pricier side, but we always offer a range of options from walmart to saks. we just did another post on white dresses under $100. Did you see that one?? Thanks! erin xo

  4. Hi Erin, I,Ve been watching your utube channel for the past year. I love your style and that you
    Share all of your knowlage with us. EspeCially those of us who are Long Past our twenties, yet still want to look attractive and fashion frward. Also that you take the time to make sure that you address all womens body shapes, so that every womAn can feel beautiful. Thank you

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