Trends with benefits: Look haute, stay cool

Fashion columnist Angie Andera on how to rock a LWD

‘Tis the season for beaches, boats, brunches and barbecues. But after all the beaching and boating is over, you’ll actually need to cover up that swimsuit and show some serious love to your sandals and sundresses.

I don’t know about you, but over half of my closet consists of Little Black Dresses. And as difficult as it is to say no, the last thing I want to wear on a hot summer day is one of my heat-absorbing (albeit adorable) black dresses. (Just call it my Holly Golightly paradox).

Thankfully, the Little White Dress is summer’s perfect answer to the LBD. A lightweight white dress will help you stay cool and comfortable while still looking hot. No matter where you go or what you do, a LWD will stylishly suit almost any occasion. (Warning: Do not, I repeat, do not wear a LWD to your second cousin’s best friend’s sister’s wedding. There will be blowback.)

When things heat up, it’s time to lighten up. Swapping out my darker shaded clothes for lighter shaded ones is practically a fashion ritual for me. Summer is the prime time to start amping up your wardrobe by wearing white. It highlights even the slightest hint of a tan, makes you stand out in a crowd and keeps you looking cool no matter how high the temperature climbs.

Best of all, a flowing white frock almost always gives off a bohemian chic vibe — my absolute favorite summer trend. Try pairing a lacy white chiffon dress with vintage earrings and a tribal statement necklace for an eclectic but polished appearance.

Then throw on some cognac gladiator sandals with a thick heel that are comfy enough to walk in. This outfit is pretty and versatile enough that it will transition from the daytime to nighttime effortlessly.

Be careful not to try too many busy boho trends at once (unless your goal is, in fact, to be mistaken for an Olsen twin). Instead, keep your accessories to a minimum and let that bright white dress do all the talking. It’s always best to stick to a simple design with minimal lace and embellishments that you can wear on multiple occasions by adding or taking away accessories.

Ladies, it’s time to show some tough love to your worn-out LBDs and relegate them to the back of your closet. The LWD should be the go-to summer staple piece in every woman’s closet. It’s flirty but feminine, sweet but seductive, all at the same time. Nothing says summer quite like throwing on a fresh all-white frock to beat the heat. Talk about a trend with benefits.

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