This summer, a long dress can be the best way to cover and reveal skin selectively, all while not overheating. White is so many women's color of choice in the summer, as it keeps you cool and makes you look tanner than you are! If you want to try a long white dress but are afraid it'll look like you're walking down the aisle, follow my steps to stay golden.
Pick a loose cut with a crew neck and pair it with casual sandals.
This kind tank-dress is pretty and casual, and can be worn virtually everywhere this summer. Make it more interesting with layered necklaces, casual sandals, or booties and a leather jacket at night. Get the look here, here, and here.
Try something with sleeves.
A loose maxi with short or 3-quarter length sleeves will dress down the look, and definitely won't be bridal. Get the look here, here, and here.
Wear a dress with a sheer skirt for a casual, summery look.
Sheer skirts are an easy way to lend a maxi dress some sex appeal. Sheer or peek-a-boo lace will dress down the white maxi; just be sure to wear a slip or spandex underneath to keep it daytime appropriate. Get the look here, here, and here.
A bare and simple cut looks formal, but not bridal.
A strappy white halter or tank dress is simple and sexy, and very 90's-era Calvin Klein. Keep everything else simple, and make sure not to add too many girly accessories, or it will start to look wedding-appropriate. Get the look here, here, and here.
Add some edge with a layered white look.
On cooler summer days, return to your layering habits to make any outfit special. For a sleek, funky vibe, wear a dress that buttons up or opens with slits over a long white skirt or white pants. Get the look here, here, and here.
When in doubt, go midi.
If you want to try the trend but still aren't convinced a floor-length white skirt won't scream bridal, raise the hem and go for a midi dress. It will still look sweet and clean for summer, but won't have the same connotations. Get the look here, here, and here.