Best White Dresses Over 40!
I don’t have an exciting beach trip planned yet, but I can still dream!? When I think of vacation, I immediately start dreaming about what to wear. And if it’s spring or summer vacation, the first thing that comes to mind is?? Beautiful, chic white dresses! I see myself walking along the beach in a beautiful, flowy dress. But finding the ideal white dress is not easy. The fit and fabric have to be perfect… and as you get older you also want the length to be just right.
Even if you haven’t planned a beach vacation, you can still wear a gorgeous white dress around your house, during Zoom conversations, or the occasional date night. To help hunt my own white dress for spring/summer… and yours… I’ve collected over 18 white dresses! If you’re going on a trip soon, grab these dresses before they’re gone!
A beautiful LWD for any RSVP
By the way, one of this year’s big spring/summer trends is what we call Bridal Vibes. Basically, all little white dresses, all-white outfits, layered skirts, lace, beading, embroidery, etc. If you’re interested in more spring and summer fashion trends, you can find them all here.
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Chic and sophisticated
This gorgeous Acler dress might just be the next white dress addition to my closet! I have two Acler dresses that I bought last summer that I absolutely love. This one features a flattering waistline, dramatic puff sleeves and embroidered eyes, AND it’s cotton so you stay cool!
Does this dress look familiar to you? I have it in a nice rust color and it’s one of those dresses that makes me feel confident and sexy right away. I know it’s probably out of your comfort zones (it was out of mine at first too), but if you give it a shot, you might just love it! Plus, it’s perfect for that retreat with your partner.
Alexis makes beautiful dresses for special occasions. Love the embroidered eyelet and intricate lace detailing on this mini. The detachable twisted rope style belt is also great if you want to tie the waist.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably remember this gorgeous dress from For Love & Lemons from about three years ago. It’s a sexy mini with a shorter hemline and open back. I love how the lines in the front are strategic and super flattering, creating a defined waist. It has a slightly flared skirt to offer forgiveness around the hips, butt and thighs (great silhouette on many body types). Because of the back, you’ll 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 is perfect for cocktail events, showers, date nights, etc.
This subtle sequin summer dress features cool boho bell sleeves and a tie detail at the front that adds a touch of sexiness. And the high-low hemline is perfect for framing a nice pair of shoes!
Rococo Sand is known for its fun resort-ready styles and this mini would be perfect for a beach trip, wearing wedges for lunch with friends or getting dressed up for date night. I love the v-neckline, the sheer sleeves and the fun lace and fringed hem.
If you’re looking for a casual yet chic white dress, this En Saison maxi is a nice basic with a twist. It has pretty eyelets on the flutter sleeves and layered hem. The Empire waist is super flattering on many body types. The crossed straps in the back give it a sexy feel (but you can still wear a regular bra). And it’s made of cotton, so you won’t get too hot!
Show off your shoulders
Charo Ruiz Ibiza is another brand known for its holiday-ready pieces. I love the contrast between the sexy open shoulder and the longer hem. The eyelet fabric is also very pretty!
Cover until dinner
9seed is a great brand to look into when you need some classic holiday must-haves like cover-ups and sundresses. This cover-up can also serve as a casual dress and the fabric dries super fast!
tight and sexy
This dress is anything but simple… it has a sexy cutout at the back, but the fabric still holds you up, while the flared skirt makes it even more flattering.
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 just about any occasion. AND it’s made of cotton, so you stay nice and cool.
Resort date night
I saw myself wearing this Agua Bendita maxi while on vacation at a resort for dinner. I love the faux buttons down the front, the floral eyelet fabric and the sexy sweetheart neckline.
I LOVE this dress! I know the cutouts and thong 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 exposed skin.
If you want a super affordable dress that doubles as a cover up, try this BB Dakota dress. It has nice fluttering straps and it’s cotton so you stay cool and it dries quickly when you use it as a cover up!
This Paige dress is another one of those dresses that you can dress up or down. I would wear this with sneakers for a more casual look, but I could also dress it up with a pair of strappy sandals or chic mules!
To the maximum
This is sexy yet makes you feel like you’re covered. If you love your arms but don’t like showing off your legs, I’d go for something like this Jonathan Simkhai maxi! The keyhole detail on the front and back is sexy and you get to show off your shoulders, but the rest is completely covered.
If you liked #13 but don’t want to flaunt SO much skin, this Wayf dress is another great option that shares the same cutout trend, but doesn’t show too much! The recess is only on the sides and does not extend all the way to the back. I also love the layered skirt and puff sleeves.
For all the fun, feminine fringe, this Alice + Olivia midi has you covered… Love the tie straps, smocked bodice, ruffles and eyelet fabric!
After a decade in TV news, the desire to help women “look beautiful” led to a career switch. I started my own clothing consultancy, styling ‘real’ women for years. In 2014 I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We’re now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40… who know age isn’t something to hide from. Life is just beginning for us!!
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