There is just something to love about fresh white dresses during summer. It’s a blank canvas to have fun with your accessories, and it pops against (faux) sun-kissed skin.
We’ve always heard how a little black dress is a staple piece for our wardrobes. But you’ve probably noticed I tend to enjoy more light and airy pieces versus darker-colored ones. Plus I think white is a better, cooler option for the hot summer months.
Whether you’re looking for a white dress for vacation, a special occasion – I see you brides-to-be – or you’re just in search of a staple white dress to add to your wardrobe, I’ve rounded up some pretty white summer dresses under $35. You don’t have to break the bank to find the perfect one for you.
This exact look is sold out, but I’ve included a variety of different white dress options throughout the post.
White Summer Dresses Under $35
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A maxi dress is perfect for those chillier nights throughout the summer, giving you a bit more coverage for your legs. I love this tiered Knox Rose maxi dress. It has adjustable straps to customize your fit. The little ruffle detail at the top gives it a feminine touch. This is a bump-friendly option, or you can even add a belt to your natural waistline to give more shape to your torso if you prefer a more fitted look. This also comes in red and a cloud-like pattern. An online reviewer said it’s lined to the knee, so it has good coverage throughout the dress.
Peasant Maxi Dress
If you’re looking for a maxi dress with a little more shape, this peasant maxi dress is a great option. It has a fun polka dot detail on the sleeves and on the skirt of the dress. The top is smocked with a square neckline and ruffle detail. The cinched elastic waist gives the dress a little more shape yet doesn’t feel restrictive. You could also wear this off the shoulder since it’s elastic, making it easily nursing-friendly.
This wrap dress has over 1,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. It comes in a variety of colors, and I love the polka dot detailing throughout the dress. White wrap dresses are perfect for the office, church, bridal shower or brunch. Pair this dress with a block heel and a clutch for a sophisticated yet elegant look.
This bodycon dress is a great option for a more casual look such as running errands, lunch with your gals or vacations. Bodycon dresses are also a great option for maternity wear since they stretch well and move with your body. The high-neckline and calf-length of this H&M dress gives it a more modest feel to make up for how form-fitting the dress is.
At $17.99, this is a great price point for a casual dress. I love pairing white sneakers with a bodycon dress. Add an oversized cardigan or denim jacket and a sun hat, and you’ll feel put together for those Saturday errands.
Scallops. Need I say more? 🙂 The scallops make this dress look more expensive than it actually is. The high-neckline gives you more coverage, and that oh-so-chic look. The back is almost a racerback, which is very flattering with the scallop detailing back there too.
Skater dresses are typically tighter in the upper body and flare out at the bottom, which I really like because they accentuate the waistline. You could wear this with a block heel or a flat and this adorable scalloped blazer (how much is too much scallops?) for work or bridal festivities.
Shift dresses are perfect to wear in the summer because they’re incredibly comfortable and aren’t restrictive. Just an easy, dress shirt to throw on. I think they’re more comfortable than shorts and a t-shirt. This shift dress hits just at the knee, and the tortoise-button detail down the front of the dress gives it some visual interest. You could even wear this as a coverup to the pool or beach. Pair this with a crossbody bag and some sneakers for an effortlessly chic look.
Flounce Shift Dress
This flounce shift dress would be a great option for brides-to-be. The detail at the top gives the dress a sophisticated look, and features adjustable straps for a customizable fit. Some reviewers said this runs big, so take note of that. This dress also comes in a beautiful floral pattern.
Sheath dresses are a great staple to have in your closet because they’re typically both work-appropriate and can be worn to special events. This short-sleeve sheath dress has a great midi length, making it flattering for many body types. Plus the scalloping on the neck helps break up the dress and give it a fun twist. It comes in black, navy, royal blue and green too! You can throw on a blazer and some pumps for a cute office look.
Flutter Sleeve Dress
I’d like to thank Knox Rose for making the most perfect white, affordable dress. This dress is all about the gorgeous detailing. It had me at ruffle, flutter sleeves. They’re also sometimes called cap sleeves and give you this ever-so-slight coverage on the shoulder. The back of the dress has this beautiful square design and eyelet detail.
It’s a cotton blend, which will keep you cooler for those hot summer months. The four functioning tortoise buttons on the v-neckline give it more visual interest. The knee-length makes this dress a little more casual to throw some sandals on for a perfect date-night look or casual-office settings. It also comes in yellow and red, and the red has this beautiful embroidery down the front of it.
This charming dress features an eyelet detail carried throughout the entire piece. Many online reviewers commented on how comfortable and airy it was for the summer months. The beautiful puff sleeves are my favorite detail because it gives the dress a feminine, yet modest look as the sleeves hit right at the elbow. The sleeves aren’t lined, which makes them feel less restrictive. The length hits right below the knee, so it’s a great option for the office, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or other special occasions throughout the summer.
White dresses are truly a blank canvas. You can wear bright-colored accessories and shoes with a white dress that you might not be able to pull off with other brightly colored or heavily patterned clothing pieces in your wardrobe. My white dresses are some of my most worn clothing items. You don’t have to spend a lot to find a cute white summer dress that you’ll reach for season after season.
Do you have a white dress in your wardrobe? Comment below and tell us where you got yours.