Monday, March 15, 2010

The Little White Dress

You have all heard of the "Little Black Dress" right? Well, have you heard of the "Little White Dress? If not, you will this spring and hopefully summer, as the "Little White Dress" is to be in.

I'm so excited that white dresses are going to in this year! For I have always loved the white lawn dresses of the Edwardian era. For they were so graceful, feminine, romantic, and oh, so, dreamy. :)

You can go several routes for your own "Little White Dress." You can either buy or make your own dress. If you can sew, and love everything old-fashion may I recommend Mrs. Jennie Chancey's 1914 Afternoon Dress pattern (scroll down a bit). I've seen this pattern made both historical and modern. And both ways look lovely! You can see pictures of the historical way here. And a fellow blogger who made it modern over at Dreaming of Avonlea.

 If you can't sew and want a more modern take here are some of my recommendations.

Beach Breeze Dress - J. Jill

Pure Jill Hooded Dress - J. Jill

Linen Knot-Front Dress - J. Jill

Valentine Ladies Dress - April Cornell

Chaps Swiss-Dot Dress - Kohls

The Traveler - Shabby Apple

Cap-Sleeve Dress (comes in white) - Newport News

Beda Dress - Anthropologie 


Which of these dresses are your favorite? Do you already own your own "Little White Dress"? How do you wear it? Have you found one for a really good deal, share your story. 

I myself am planning on sewing my "Little White Dress." Haven't decided on the style yet, any ideas? :-) 


vintage image from:  All other images from linked sites.


  1. You mean I might be able to get away with wearing my white 1914 dress?? No way! :P Hmm, I shall have to think about this, because it would be REALLY nice to have a little white dress to wear this summer...I already love to wear white tops with denim skirts, so I guess we'll see...

  2. I do not own a little white or even a little black dress actually. But I do own a little cream dress and I love it! I bought it for only $20.00 from an indian booth in Alaska's Anchorage outdoor market. My grandparents and cousins live in Alaska by the way, so we go up there every 3 years. Love my cream dress! But I wish I had a white one. :)

  3. Oh! I am SO excited to hear that white dresses will be in this year! I always wanted a white dress (besides my Regency dress :-) )

  4. Oh, I love the Beda Dress! So cute!
    Have great day!
    Love and Blessings,

  5. I love white things! Which is bad because they stain. I really hope I have time to make a white dress before summer! I would like to make one from a Sense & Sensibility pattern.

  6. Oh yes as Elinor said I do have a white regency dress and I love it! Although I only wear it for 1812 reenacting as well as other occasions where my friends also wear regency dresses for a tea or something or other. :)

  7. Glad you are all excited as me for the little white dress!

    I love hearing all your thoughts and stories on white dresses. :-)

  8. See Ralph Lauren's spring collection.
    They have some gorgeous white dresses from 2010 and 2011
    If you like vintage clothing, Ralph Lauren's a good place to look at.

  9. My favorite?- The Beda Dress from Anthro.



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