Back to Basics: Timeless White Dresses (Part VI)

I want to dedicate this final part of our “Back to Basics” series to a spring/summer essential: the white dress. Like that special LBD, we all need a little white dress that can represent ourselves.

As you can see from the six outfits featured below, from Rosie Huntington’s sweet romance to Nora Zehetner’s subtle edginess to Jessica Stam’s modern simplicity to Stacy Keibler & Stacy Keibler’s sexy glamour, these fashion-conscious tastemakers stay true to themselves while nodding to the white dress trend that is spotted everywhere now, from the Cannes film festival to the streets.

how to wear white dress; featured: Christian Dior white bustier, white skirt, white Christian Louboutin pump, Vanessa Bruno Eyelet blouse, Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Point Toe Pumps, Chloe pale pink skirt, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, Burberry aviator sunglasses,

Photos: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of,

How to wear white dress; featured: Susana Monaco Flutter Tube Dress,  Rebecca Taylor Strapless Knit Dress,  Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress,

From left:
Susana Monaco (on sale!)
Rebecca Taylor
Diane von Furstenberg (great buy 40% off here)

how to wear white dress;Black and white trend; On Nora Zehetner: Nora Zehetner Bird cut out white dress, Calvin Klein metallic ankle strap sandal,Calvin Klein metallic box clutch;  On Jessica Stam: two tone dress, black and white, black pumps, purple clutch

Photos: Nora Zehetner & Jessica Stam; Courtesy of

How to wear white dress; black and white trend; cut-out trend; featured: Topshop Lace Appliqué Dress with with asymmetrical hem,  Three Floor Adolescent Sister Dress with cut out,  Sportmax Himare Deep V-neck Knitted black and white Dress,

From left:
Topshop (great designer version here)
Three Floor

how to wear white dress; Featured: Jennifer Hudson at the first annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards; Stacy Keibler at the Escada flagship shop opening

Photos: Stacy Keibler & Jennifer Hudson; Courtesy of

How to wear white dress; peplum trend;body-hugging dress; featured: Cynthia Steffe 'Brooke' Ponte Knit Peplum Dress,  Donna Ricco Jacquard Sheath Dress,  London Times Sleeveless Halter dress with waist embellishment

From left:
Cynthia Steffe
Donna Ricco (on sale here; great style here)
London Times

A great pair of shoes is a perfect match for all these versatile knee-length or slightly above the knee dresses featured today. I handpicked eight of my favorites, from basic, functional neutral pumps to bright color sandals to arty, collect-worthy stilettos, they will surely spice up our LWDs! The best part? They won’t go out of style!

how to wear white dress; Spring 2013 shoes guide; Featured: Manolo Blahnik BB Suede Point-Toe black pointy toe Pumps,  Nine West Drusilla white pumps,  Valentino 'Rockstud' Pump,  Jimmy Choo Lance Mirrored Metallic Leather Sandals,  kate spade new york 'licorice too' neon colored pump,  Stuart Weitzman 'Platswoon' nude Pump,  Steve Madden 'Realove' ankle strap Pump,  Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout Booties,

1. Manolo Blahnik (similar here)
2. Nine West (another great pair here)
3. Valentino
4. Jimmy Choo (more color options here! great alternative here)
5. Kate Spade New York (on sale! also here)
6. Stuart Weitzman
7. Steve Madden (also here)
8. Aquazzura

Hope you enjoy today’s entry as much as I did!

By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!