When my best friend got married last summer, I was elated to accompany her on the hunt for the perfect dress. We floated from shop to shop, sipping Champagne and nibbling macarons between sighs as our bride-to-be emerged from the fitting room, each time decked in a different billowing frothy creation that weighed more than the flower girl. I ooh’d. I aah’d. I exhausted every synonym for the word beautiful. And when we finally said yes to THE ONE, I did an impromptu cost-benefit analysis of wearing a veil versus a blusher. When we left the boutique, I was relieved to have fulfilled my duty as bestie of the bride. My work here was done—bring on the wedding!
Or so I thought...
Over the following several months, I was inundated with Pinterest boards, Google docs, screenshots, and shopping invites. Little did I know, while I had done a bangup job helping my friend choose her bridal gown, there was a slew of other very important white dresses that needed picking. From the engagement party, to the bridal brunch to the bachelorette weekend, to the rehearsal dinner, my work was far from over.
Who knew a bride needed that many white outfits, amirite? Look no further than this list of LWD’s that are sure to flawlessly take your bridal buddy from engagement party to morning-after brunch. From one fitting room survivor to another, you’re welcome.
Ralph Lauren Off-the-Shoulder Dress
This slinky number from Ralph Lauren combines two of this season’s biggest trends: shoulder-baring necklines and flirty bell sleeves.
AQUA Embroidered Lace Dress
A delicate take on crop-topped ensembles, AQUA’s Only Ours dress features a classic sweet-heart bandeau bodice and a flared skirt sheathed in sheer floral lace.
Missguided Cold Shoulder Hanky Hem Dress
Pair this fluttery woven frock with cold-shoulder straps and a breezy hem with a pair of sandals for the perfect summery bridal shower ensemble.
Keepsake Plain Sight Mini Dress
Look no further than this modern mini featuring a fauna-inspired embroidered overlay for a bachelorette night-out look that’s sexy and simple.
Anthropologie Solana Dress
From the beach to the ballroom, this high-detail midi—see the crocheted bodice and eccentric cutouts—is tailor-made for the bohemian bride-to-be.
French Connection Lula Sheath Dress
For the modern minimalist bride, this asymmetrical sheath is sleek and stylish.
Dress the Population Emery Midi Dress
A generous dose of pearly-white sequins depict an Art Deco-esque pattern on this form-flattering dress that’s fit for even the most formal pre-wedding function.
Show Me Your Mumu Sophia Wrap Dress
With a flattering wrap style and fluttery construction, this ultra-feminine frock is one to keep in your closet long after the I Do’s.
Topshop Assymetrical Ruffle Midi Dress
Who said LWD’s have to be boring? What appears to be a simple pencil dress at first glance makes a statement with a geometric shoulder cutout and a cascading ruffle detail along the side.
DKNY Cape Effect Dress
For a dose of drama, DKNY’s stretch-crepe dress delivers via split sleeves for a modern cape effect.
Halston Heritage Jumpsuit
Not a dress girl? This sleek and sexy wrap jumpsuit by Halston Heritage is party-ready. Complete the look with a pair of killer heels that are sure to be on full display thanks to wide leg pants featuring a split hem.
A.L.C. Evangeline Linen-Silk One-Shoulder Dress
Cut from ecru rustic-weave linen-silk, this coy dress by A.L.C. feature’s barely-there navy stripes for a nautical nod.
A.L.C. Allie Silk-Lined Slip Dress
This simple silk-lined shift is amped up with a crocheted front yoke and sexy side slits.
This classic LWD showcases a flirty tiered skirt and delicate bateau neckline.
ASOS Midi Dress with Puff Sleeve
Equal parts sophisticated and sexy, this midi packs a punch with structural puff sleeves and sultry back cutouts.
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