Little White Dresses For Women Over 50: Best Looks for Summer 2024

While the little black dress will forever hold the versatility crown, the little white dress isn’t fair behind in the summer months or for warmer climates. If true white doesn’t work for you, ivory, cream, off-white and various similar shades can all help you achieve the same look and feeling. 

Little White Dresses For Summer 2024

Granted, you most likely can’t wear your white dresses to summer weddings, but any other occasion is fair game! Or just wear a casual white dress to feel impossibly chic while you’re on vacation or running around town this summer. 

Some of our favorite styles for little white dresses (LWDs?) this summer are…


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Banana Republic Lexia Lace Maxi
Banana Republic Lexia Lace Maxi Dress, $180

White Dresses with Crochet Touches

Crochet is most definitely the texture or pattern of summer 2024, so if you want to look current this is the way to go. Plus, the open weave can help keep you cool but a little covered up, and it’s unlikely to be too transparent as long as it’s properly lined (which is always a challenge with white or light-colored dresses). For a modern geometric take on crochet, try this maxi dress from Banana Republic — it’s a far cry from the more retro styles we’re seeing. 

Poplin-skirt Ribbed Jersey
H&M Poplin-skirt Ribbed Jersey Dress, $29.99
Marcella New York Mila dress
Marcella New York Mila Dress, $138

Dropped Waists

A waistline that sits on the hips can be difficult to pull off, but if it works for your figure this silhouette can be ultra flattering. You can try a more fitted dropped waist look like this one from H&M with a ribbed top and poplin skirt. Or go with an off-shoulder elbow length sleeve dress like this one from Marcella New York.

Pomander Place White Finley Flutter Sleeve Dress
Pomander Place White Finley Flutter Sleeve Dress, $128

Tunic Styles

There’s a reason that tunics show up in the stores every summer — they are the perfect way to stay cool and somewhat covered up. A little white tunic dress (or top) like the Finley dress from Tuckernuck can be perfectly elegant and a great backdrop for colorful jewelry or other accessories.

Veronica Beard x L'Etoile Sport Performance Lace Dress fountainof30
Veronica Beard x L’Etoile Sport Performance Lace Dress, $275
WHBM Lace Blouson Halter Dress
WHBM Lace Blouson Halter Dress, now $96

Eyelet and Lace White Dresses

Open-work styles and lacey looks have gotten downright sophisticate. That makes them perfect for grown women who love the intricacy and detail but don’t want to look girlish. Try one with a structured silhouette like this white lace tennis dress with a high collar from Veronica Beard or this slightly softer one from White House Black Market.

The Bettina Tiered Mini Shirt Dress by Maeve
The Bettina Tiered Mini Shirt Dress by Maeve: Linen Edition, $148
WHBM Short Sleeve Utility Shirt Dress fountainof30
WHBM Short Sleeve Utility Shirt Dress, now $102

White Shirt Dresses

Linen or cotton shirt dresses or similar button-front styles always look fresh, and done in white they’re extra summery like this one by Maeve via Anthropologie. They are perfect for any kind of dressy-casual occasion and the right one can work as a cover-up at the beach or the pool as well. Want a little more shape to it? Try this utility-style shirt dress from White House Black Market

One thing we love about little white dresses is how they are blank canvas for accessories. From bold jewelry in jewel tones or punchy brights to metallics to textures like raffia, straw, and rattan, a simple white dress lets your favorite pieces shine.

Do you love a good little white dress in the summer (or whenever)? Do you tend to go for pure white or ivory or cream? How do you accessorize your LWD? Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook group! 

–Jacqueline Zenn

You may also like to read more of Jacqueline’s fashion tips like 7 Eye-Catching Statement Earrings: Top Jewelry Trend for Summer 2024 and Chic Summer 2024 Swimsuit Trends for Women Over 50.

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