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You’ll Love These Unique Little White Dresses!

Unique White Dresses

I don’t know what it is but every spring and summer I get really excited for new, fresh styles and even more specifically…little white dresses (LWD)! I personally like a little white dress even more than a little black dress. But finding the perfect LWD can be difficult! Whether it’s intricate lace or modern touches, I always try to find white dresses that have an interesting detail or something special about them! These are the unique little white dresses I’ve found and will be wearing all spring and summer.

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#1 | Jonathan Simkhai Shirtdress

I love everything about this dress…the fabric is lightweight and breathable, the neckline is flattering, the sleeves are dramatic (but you can push them up or roll them if you want), and the gold chain detail is SO cool! The cutout is pretty small and the tiny bit of skin you’re showing is contrasted by the all-over coverage of the longer hemline and sleeves. Plus, the placement of the cutout is higher up, which is a slimmer part of most women’s bodies. I’m wearing the dress with a new pair of See by Chloe platform heels that are on-trend and way more comfortable to walk in than you think! 😉

If you’re interested, you can see it in motion here on IG.

 

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#2 | Elliatt Backless Dress

How gorgeous is this white Elliatt dress?! It has a sexy open back, beautiful eyelet sleeves, and a modest hemline. The long sleeves and hemline make up for the skin you’re showing on the open back by following my one-skin rule (meaning you only show one area of skin at a time). The embroidered fabric and tassels on the back give a fun, boho vibe I love for summer! I’m not wearing a bra underneath but if you feel like you need more support for the girls, a backless bra or nipple covers (with lift!) can give you the boost you need. I’m wearing the dress with some cool slide sandals but I’ll definitely be dressing it up with heels too!

If you’d like to see this beautiful dress in motion, make sure you check out this reel on Instagram!

 

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#3 | Acler Belted Dress

I picked this dress up while on our epic cross-country road trip last summer. It’s seriously a show-stopper. I love every single detail on this dress! It has gorgeous eyelet puffed shoulders. The belted waist is super flattering and I love the luxe gold hardware. It has a trench-style look with the buttons and collar. But the flounce skirt is incredibly feminine. I styled it with a pair of wedges and my Bottega Veneta bag. If you missed my review of this bag, you can check that out here. This exact dress is sold out but I linked a few more white dresses by Acler…this brand makes some really cool pieces with gorgeous details!

#4 | White Acler Mini Dress

This dress is by the same brand, Acler. They make gorgeous dresses. When you find a designer that works for you, there’s nothing wrong with buying multiples. (I also featured this white Acler dress in this video.) The dress is cotton so it’s lightweight and breathable. It has beautiful, intricate gold buttons all down the front. It also has puff sleeves, which I happen to love but know they aren’t everyone’s favorite. It’s a standout piece I try to wear any chance I get. So of course, I packed it for our cross country trip last summer! It’s currently sold out but I linked more Acler dresses below…

Shop more Acler dresses here.

White dresses for spring! Featuring a beautiful white midi length white dress by Amanda Uprichard on fashion over 40 blogger Erin Busbee

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#5 | Amanda Uprichard Midi Dress

I love a gorgeous midi dress for spring/summer…it’s elegant but effortless! All you have to do is throw on some sandals and you’re ready! This Amanda Uprichard dress has a pretty ruffled trim, 3/4 sleeves, and a v-neck. If the v-neck feels too low for you, you can wear a pretty white lace cami for more modesty! I’m wearing the dress with some super cute Express heeled sandals that have a trendy braided strap, the white Bottega Veneta cassette bag, and some layered gold necklaces (shorter and longer)! The beauty of the midi dress is you get more coverage while remaining cool.

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#6 | Sundress Eyelet Dress

This white eyelet dress is perfect for spring and summer because it’s also a coverup! You can wear it open or over a swimsuit. Or buttoned up and belted with sandals for a pretty spring look! When you belt it, it might be a bit short depending on your height…if so, you could wear a pair of streamlined denim shorts underneath just in case! It’s also available in black here.

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#7 | Alexis Cotton Dress

This Alexis dress has interesting little details that are so pretty…the lace hem, tassel on the tie cinched waist, voluminous balloon sleeve, and ruching around the shoulders! The cinched waist and flared skirt are super flattering. And it’s 100% poplin cotton, which feels quite silky and cool on the skin. It also doesn’t wrinkle quite as easily. You’ll love the coverage from the 3/4 sleeves! It’s currently sold out in white but I found it in black, green, and pink!

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#8 | For Love & Lemons Mini Dress

This sexy white dress is by For Love & Lemons. It has a shorter hemline and cutout back! I love how the lines on the front are strategic and super flattering, creating a defined waist. It’s a slightly flared skirt to provide forgiveness around the hips, butt, and thighs (great silhouette on many body types). You can see the sexy cutout details on the sides that lead to a completely open back. 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 night, etc.

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#9 | 9seed Maxi Dress

I wanted to share an option that was more casual and a longer length! I think maxi dresses are so elegant and chic. Depending on the style, you can usually dress them up or down. This coverup dress is so perfect for vacation, but can also be dressed up! It looks great with sandals or heels. It’s cotton and crinkled gauze so you’ll stay cool and comfortable! The length of this is also great for travel since it won’t drag on the ground.

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#10 | L’Academie Mini Dress

Remember this dress from two summers ago in this post? It’s the perfect, easy mini for summer! This is something you can wear to the beach, pool, or lake. It’s on the shorter side so you can also wear it to dinner if you’re feeling brave and love your legs! It shows off your legs but has those fun puff sleeves to cover your arms. I also love the sexy drawstring neckline!

Which dress is your favorite? Please share in the comments below!

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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 nearly 700,000 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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5 thoughts on “You’ll Love These Unique Little White Dresses!

  1. I’m turning 71, . and getting married in June–the best is yet to come! Had the big wedding exactly 50 years ago (1969). Many BABY BOOMERS remarry. My mom wore pale blue for her 2nd wedding. I’m thinking of wearing pale blue too because it’s my best color, But I have not shopped for a dress yet. ALready have great nude HIGH HEELS. What do you advise for special occasions? I’m BLOND like you…from Grandma Bunny in Phoenix–one of your biggest fans!

    1. Congratulations!!!!!! This is SO exciting! Check the usual suspects, Saks, Neimans, Nordstrom, Bergdorf. Search “Blue” gowns. Do you want to wear a gown, knee or midi length? If you send me a bit more information, I can help. Erin xo

  2. LOved your video on how to style a curvy body type! I have a pear shaped body type—32–28–35.5 and would love some suggestions. I have been following you for about a year, I have learned a great deal from you! You are right, fashion and caring about your appearance are an important part of self care. I’m 67 and am much happier. my 35 year old daughter says to me “Mom you’re so stylish now” I’ve been having a lot of fun trying new things, per your suggestions. Thank you for everything you are a great teacher! Carole Bohlen

  3. Just ordered the strappy flower herls from Ann Taylor. Love the 3” heel. So cute. Thx for modeling them!! Nan

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