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The ubiquitous little white dress, aka LWD, is a fashionable summer staple. Fresh, versatile, available in multiple fabrics, lengths and styles, there’s a LWD out there to suit every women. Depending on the style of dress and how you choose to wear it, the LWD can work for casual daytime or dressier evening occasions. Although the perfect choice for summer parties and events, be sure to leave the wearing of white to the bride at weddings!

Most designers and retailers have come out with versions of the little white dress, but I was amazed at the wide variety of flattering styles currently being offered by Banana Republic. So I’ve decided to pick my favourite styles to share with you. I also appreciate that BR offers quality goods at reasonable prices that are readily available online. Here are seven of my favourite Banana Republic white dresses, but if none of these are for you, they have even more styles available in store and online.

All photos below: Banana Republic

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100% linen caftan-inspired dress with eyelet trim $110

This caftan-inspired linen dress will keep you cool and cool looking all summer. The draped elbow-length sleeves are perfect for the women who doesn’t like to show her arms but loves to show off her great gams. It can also be worn as a tunic over a pair of loose trousers or jeans.

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Soft draw-string dress made from a model and viscose blend, available in regular and petite sizes $160

With front pockets, a drawstring waist and side slits, this dress has a sporty casual vibe. Dress it up with a white or black blazer and pumps to wear to the office. A perfect style for the curvier women as it’s a bit roomier in the bust and hip area, while accentuating and flattering the waistline.

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Mesh Ponte Fit-and-Flare Dress, on sale for $63.99

Fashion forward and versatile, this fit-and-flare dress suits a women with a smaller bustline and wider hips. Funk this dress up with some cool heels and a great clutch for a night out on the town.

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100% cotton Eyelet Sheath dress in regular or petite sizes, on sale for $132.99

Classic styling in a classic fabric, this summer staple is the perfect dress for the gal with a petite frame. An exposed back zipper adds some edge and the banded waist is future flattering. This sweet eyelet sheath is ideal for a garden party, shower or brunch.

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Pleated Tie-Front Dress, available in regular and petite sizes, on sale for $87.50

While the softly pleated skirt floats over curves, the tie-front belt adds shape to this dressier LWD. Although flattering on most body types, pleats are usually best avoided by those with an ample bust. Wear this grecian inspired dress to a summer cocktail party or special occasion.

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Seamed Ponte Fit-and-Flare Dress, available in regular, petite and tall sizes, on sale for $62.99

Universally flattering, this modern, minimal, princess seamed, dress is perfect for the women with more generous curves. Wear it to the market with white sneakers and a jean jacket, or dress it up with statement jewellery and sexy heels.

Scalloped White Lace Cropped Tank and pencil skirt combo $235.99

Ok, I’m cheating here as this isn’t a solo dress but a matching two piece top and skirt. I couldn’t resist adding this duo to the mix though as it is so gorgeous. Perfect for a special occasion or a modern bride! I love how the team at Banana Republic styled this outfit here with a pair of fucsia pumps for an offbeat look and a pop of colour.

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Lace crop top, available online in petite only, on sale $85.99

 

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Lace skirt $150

If you have any questions on how to style your LWD, be sure to drop me a line.

 

 

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