A surefire way of knowing when spring has officially sprung is when you start trading in your little black dresses for little white ones. But LWDs, by and large, come with a host of problems, making it easier to admire them from afar than to actually wear them. For one, there’s the sheer issue of accidental undergarment exposure. Also, unlike their black counterparts, LWDs aren’t as slimming. Plus, they’re more high maintenance — white is harder to keep pristine (watch it with the ketchup!).
Basically, a quality LWD is hard to come by. So it’s a good thing Jamie Chung found “the one” (no, not fiancé Bryan Greenberg). Spotted on a coffee run, Chung wore the perfect white eyelet shift from Banana Republic. Crafted from cotton, the fabric can hold its own, boasting crochet detailing that offers texture and an extra layer of insurance against transparency. And it flatters all, thanks to its easy silhouette that skims, rather than clings.
While the actress chose not to pair the dress with anything other than caramel accessories, we love the idea of shrugging on a denim jacket or a striped black-and-white cardigan for a casual daytime outing. During the week, it’d pair well with a sharp blazer for the office. Another thought: one of our favorite color combos for the season is white and metallic gold, so pile on gilded jewelry, from layers of delicate necklaces to stacked cuffs. As for shoes, take the minimalist route and opt for a monochromatic look with white sandals, or pack a punch with bold, saturated hues. Think of all the possibilities! Give the LWD your own stylish spin; pick one up for $130 at bananarepublic.com.