Would You Wear A White Summer Dress

Would You Wear A White Summer Dress

Happy Saturday and welcome to your weekend!  It’s time for would you wear it with my friend Pam. Each week we share a mannequin we have found and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling. We do this to better understand your fashion goals and style preferences.

I took several angles of this dress and in the end, head on was best.

So tell me, ladies, would you wear this white cotton dress?

How could you style it to work for you?

Please keep your comments constructive so we can all be inspired.

White dresses are very popular this and every summer. Here are some options and most of them are on sale-

And just like that, I need a crisp white summer dress:)

Here are a few weekend sale updates-

Nordstrom Summer Clearance sale is one to make way for the Anniversary sale!

Talbots – Red Hanger Sale with 60% OFF 2+ markdowns, 50% off 1 and $99+ orders ship FREE!

J Crew– 50% off full-price styles and 60% off sale with the code SHOPNOW

Banana Republic – up to 70% off everything

Chico’s – up to 70% off

Now let’s go to Over 50 Feeling 40 and see what Pam’s mannequin is wearing today.

Make it a great one ladies and wear something that makes you feel fabulous… because what you wear impacts your confidence…even if no one sees you.


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  1. Jayne
    July 28, 2020 / 4:29 am

    I actually bought a long flow cotton dress on line from H + M and I feel so good in it, but hubby says it looks like pjs, so it’s only worn in the house. To give him credit…I do wear Eileen West gowns all year round, so I can see where he’s coming from. But I do love this look for daytime!

    • Jennifer
      July 28, 2020 / 10:11 am

      lol, don’t admit he’s right:)

  2. Sandra Stacey
    July 26, 2020 / 7:48 am

    I love a crispy white dress and wear them in the summer and into the fall. However, the dress you showcased is not for me. The tiered construction is not flattering for my body shape. I prefer a classic shift dress or wrap shirt dress.

  3. Beverly the Inspired
    July 25, 2020 / 2:40 pm

    Love a soft, flowy, layered Winter white or buttercream colour dress. (Been looking for one to replace what recently became dust cloths.) I’ll wear them year-round just changing accessories.

    This one has a lot going on to my eye. Tiered. 3/4 Leg o’ Mutton sleeve. Open neckline & prominent collar. More structured than flowy; crisp than soft. Midi is maxi length on my frame; it’d need hemming & would alter the bottom tier significantly.

  4. Lynn
    July 25, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    Crisp white dress- yes I would wear and do. And so does most of the ladies around me in the summer. But, that shape of dress no!

  5. Star
    July 25, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    I think the dress would require ironing and I am not committed to ironing.

  6. Eve
    July 25, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    I like the dress but I could not make it work for me. It would make me look like a little snowman. I like white dresses with pretty checks or florals though and those that don’t have a defined waist like empire or wrap. I like long but never wear short dresses anymore. Love the scarf around the neck. I love pops of color on a basic color.

  7. Murphy
    July 25, 2020 / 11:42 am

    Not for me due to the way the dress is constructed. It looks like something I might have worn in my early twenties in the early 70’s. It’s a beautiful dress, just not my style anymore.

  8. Kay
    July 25, 2020 / 11:15 am

    Yes. The dress fits with my boho-esque style. It looks rather like one I had in high school about 450 years ago. I guess my love for boho never went away. I’m not 17 anymore, but if the dress makes you happy, wear it.

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2020 / 2:59 pm

      It does have a very boho look to me too and if I wore more boho, I would wear it! Sometimes we need to go against the tide and just wear what speaks to us that we love.

  9. Mary Ann
    July 25, 2020 / 11:15 am

    I have never been comfortable with anything white except a great white shirt. I have quite a few. The possibilities with a white shirt as a base are endless. With a white dress, you have to worry about where you sit and how transparent it might be. 🤭🙄

  10. Pauline
    July 25, 2020 / 11:05 am

    I wouldn’t consider this dress although I might wear a white dress in the summertime. The seamstress in me would not allow me to buy this dress because the button placket and where it attaches to the first flounce is poorly executed. I don’t care for the fabric either, it’s too lightweight for this style, in my opinion. You would have to wear a slip under it to make is modest and that would only add to the heat factor.

  11. Becky
    July 25, 2020 / 10:55 am

    I might wear a white summer dress, but not this one. The tiers & poufy sleeves make it seem a bit young & sweet for me. While the scarf is pretty, I limit my accessories in the heat & humidity of summer & having something tied around my neck like that would likely make me uncomfortable.

  12. Francesca B.
    July 25, 2020 / 10:53 am

    Happy Saturday! White dresses are so summery and fresh but curiously I don’t own one. I would not wear this one because I think the over puffy sleeves compared to the simple shirt look a bit odd and I don’t think with my small frame I could pull off such wide sleeves. Also not keen about the tiered skirt as it adds bulk to me. i would go with a more simple dress shape,

  13. Carolyn
    July 25, 2020 / 10:33 am

    Yes, I would wear it BUT….I first would tailor it for me, as I do almost everything I buy…especially dresses and tops. I like the shirtwaist style. Can put in a nice silver/gold belt or a flowery scarf as as a tie sash. Long string of pearls or thin stringy necklace Strapped sandals or pretty sandal heels if for dress up/church.
    I have a couple white dresses and skirts I can hardly wait for spring/summer to wear.

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2020 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing how you could style it Carolyn

  14. beth byrd
    July 25, 2020 / 10:19 am

    Oh I love a white dress for summer, but this is not the one.

    The cotton material is wonderful, but the tiered style wouldn’t be very flattering for my body type. The dress in the first photo might work. It’s longer and the silhouette is not fussy. I love that classic look!

    • Lezlie Gravens
      July 25, 2020 / 10:54 am

      What she said! =)

  15. Nancy Walden
    July 25, 2020 / 10:10 am

    The tiered dress doesn’t appeal to me at all. I feel it would make me look bigger than I am and that’s definitely not my goal!. If I’m going to wear a white dress I want something that skims my body. I like the look of the dresses from Banana Republic and Talbots.

  16. Shelley
    July 25, 2020 / 9:50 am

    I might consider trying it in a color, but not in white in this fabric (as others have said it looks like material for sheets).

  17. Connie
    July 25, 2020 / 9:47 am

    I love the look of a white dress but this one is too flouncy for me. I prefer a more tailored or belted look. I’ve always worried about white making me feel too big, so I doubt I could find one to feel comfortable wearing. I’d love to see it on my tall skinny daughter though.

  18. Theresa
    July 25, 2020 / 9:38 am

    The dress is cute and summery….but I think it’s for someone younger, thinner and taller than me.

  19. Susan B
    July 25, 2020 / 9:35 am

    It’s a beautiful dress, but too feminine for me. I’ve been looking for a nice white summer dress for several years, but haven’t run across a winner yet.

  20. Jane
    July 25, 2020 / 8:52 am

    No to the dress BUT THAT BAG 👀!!! Do tell..where do I find it!!!

  21. Linda
    July 25, 2020 / 8:41 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear it because it would look like I was trying to wear my daughters dress. I feel better in simple classic cut styles that are timeless!

  22. Joni I Rydholm
    July 25, 2020 / 8:28 am

    I love the white dress with the black buttons in the lead picture. I am tall and feel that it would work for me. The other white dress I would wear more as a cover up for the beach or at the lake. It looks light and comfortable but too casual for me except as a cover up. I would love to see a front view of the white dress in the lead picture.

  23. Adrienne C Kushner
    July 25, 2020 / 8:27 am

    It looks wonderful for a photo-shoot with a thin, beautiful model. On me, it would quickly look like sheets after having breakfast in bed. Cotton is lovely for summer heat, but unless it has a texture to it or a little polyester, it soon looks hot and bothered. Add to that, spilling that tall glass of iced-tea, and I would have a stain difficult to remove.

    • Mary Ann
      July 25, 2020 / 11:08 am

      I agree, Adrienne! Or a glass of red wine…🍷

  24. Kathy
    July 25, 2020 / 8:19 am

    Oh my, I’m afraid I would look like Okie girl on the prairie in the featured dress ( I can say this jokingly because I was born and raised in Oklahoma!). I would consider a white dress, but it would have to fit a little closer to the body, for sure. Have you ever seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane? She buys the most stunning white dress in order to dazzle a boyfriend. That’s the kind of dress I’m talking about!

  25. Linda Simpson
    July 25, 2020 / 7:20 am

    I would not wear the dress feature as it would swallow my 5’3″ frame. However, there were several featured in the smaller pictures that I would wear. That said, I would have to sit by a pool for a few days to wear a white dress. I’m too fair otherwise.

  26. Diane B
    July 25, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I was’t sure if I should even comment this morning, as the dress is one I would walk right by. I am more of a skirt and top type when it comes to white. First look just said nightgown to me and with my Covid 10 pounds it would not work. The Soft Surroundings and Talbots white dresses would be something I would try on. If the only angle the dress was working in the phots, maybe that says something as well.

  27. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    July 25, 2020 / 7:11 am

    I would look like a ghost in this dress. There’s too much volume and white washes me out.

    • Linda Wiggins
      July 25, 2020 / 7:35 am

      The fabric of this dress is somehow “1950-ish” and turns me off the dress entirely. Even the style is somewhat old-looking to me. I’m sure I wouldn’t like it in another color any better!

  28. Linda L
    July 25, 2020 / 6:59 am

    I love a white dress but this one is too voluminous for me. I prefer a more fitted, tailored style.

  29. Diane
    July 25, 2020 / 6:48 am

    Yes I would wear a white dress with colorful accessories. I would not wear the one in the picture though.

  30. Gloria
    July 25, 2020 / 6:21 am

    I would not wear that particular white dress although I love white for summer. I feel it would totally overwhelm my 5’4 frame. I would definitely wear some of the others in the post.

  31. Linda
    July 25, 2020 / 6:19 am

    Yes I’d wear a white dress, if you have a good tan it always looks fabulous. That style is a no again reminds me of maternity and it’s to. Long.

  32. Diana
    July 25, 2020 / 6:08 am

    Where can I get this bag on the lead in photo???

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2020 / 7:46 am

      I couldn’t find a source but I’m hunting for similar ones because I love it too.

  33. Yvonne
    July 25, 2020 / 6:08 am

    I love the idea of a white summer dress, but I think the last time I owned one was back in the 80’s! I would not wear the one above as it’s a bit too voluminous for my taste.
    I do like the look of the shift style dresses shown above at J Crew and Talbots, and would try those if I had somewhere special to go.

  34. Rose
    July 25, 2020 / 6:05 am

    This is a pretty dress on someone other then me. I like white but it does remind me of a nightgown. I’d be swallowed up in this.

  35. Linda GR
    July 25, 2020 / 6:02 am

    Yes, I’d wear a white dress, but not this one. The tiers and puffy sleeves do not appeal to me. I’d prefer an a-line or sheath style.

    • Julie
      July 25, 2020 / 6:52 pm

      I would love to just try it on and see how I looked in it. I love the style, but it might be too much white all at once! I love the boho look. I’m thinking if it were sleeveless or smaller sleeves it would suit me better.

  36. jmp
    July 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

    I would wear a white summer dress, but this one is not for me. The tiers add so much volume that on my short body it would make me feel (and look) huge.

  37. RoseAG
    July 25, 2020 / 5:58 am

    White looks cool to me so I would consider it, but girly tiers and gathers aren’t my thing. I think as someone else mentioned that kind of style edges into nightgown. Now nightgowns have their place in my life, but we’re talking dresses here. I’ve noticed that retailers like to put those big dresses on unusually tall women of color, which makes for a slim and dramatic effect. The short, round and splotchy skinned among us have to be careful.

  38. Donna Jungkurth Lukens
    July 25, 2020 / 5:45 am

    This summer I have noticed a return to the little girl look of the late 1970’s: empire waist, puffy sleeves,ruffles, voluminous layers. I wore that style as a teen and as maternity wear because there were no other options. The white dress reminds me of an underlayer to a Gunne Sax dress I wore with a pinafore apron top. Too precious to be worn by me now!

  39. Eileen
    July 25, 2020 / 5:45 am

    If I was tall I would wear this as a beach coverup. Nice fabric. I tried on some oversized dresses Like this, just for fun, too much volume for my frame.

  40. Linda V
    July 25, 2020 / 5:44 am

    Just not my style. The tiers are too feminine for me. And the material would wrinkle too much.

  41. Melissa
    July 25, 2020 / 5:42 am

    I liked the other white dresses you showed below the tiered prairie dress more (for all the reasons noted above) which made me wonder if that was because the pictures of them were smaller. If I could see those dresses up close would I like them? If they are sheer enough that I would want to wear a slip with them then they would not work for me–defeats the purpose of a summer dress. Also looks like this dress will wrinkle easily–I no longer have the patience to iron, even in a pandemic.

  42. wendy
    July 25, 2020 / 5:21 am

    Pretty dress but I have a propensity to stain so not for me.

  43. Paulette Levy
    July 25, 2020 / 5:09 am

    It’s certainly a pretty dress, and fairly cool looking, but it’s not me nor my taste. Somebody already mentioned “prairie” and country. That seems to fit.
    I prefer minimalist, classic, like a white linen shift dress, also sleeveless as it’s very humid around here the last four weeks….
    I’m sure that there are women who will love this, and it IS pretty, it’s just not for me.

  44. Susan McClelland
    July 25, 2020 / 5:04 am

    This a big dress! I’m 5”7’ but the tiers and the sleeves would totally overwhelm my frame. I really like the straw bag – great for running errands and visiting the farmer’s market.

  45. Shari
    July 25, 2020 / 4:57 am

    No to this dress..reminds me of a prairie night shirt! Just too much fluff.
    I’d love a white skimmer like I remember having a few years back!

  46. Cathy Holloway
    July 25, 2020 / 4:56 am

    I love a white dress for summer but not this particular one. Too voluminous for my taste and body shape. Would love to see more of the white dress with brown/woodtone buttons at the top of todays post. Seeing it in profile, it looks very interesting.

  47. MRSBEN2
    July 25, 2020 / 4:56 am

    For myself, a two thumbs down as prefer something more tailored. With that said; though I seldom wear sleeveless might otherwise consider it but as is, feel there are too many competing elements in the design itself.

  48. Jan
    July 25, 2020 / 4:50 am

    I think I would wear a white summer dress but maybe not today’s featured dress. The shirt collar top creates a very flattering v-neck style but then it’s all lost when you see those voluminous sleeves. The cotton fabric and looser fit would offer a cooler option on these hot, humid days. I don’t support the theory that the more skin you show the cooler you will feel.
    Also, these mannequins don’t really do justice to some of these displays. When you see them on an actual model they elevate to a new level.

  49. Laura
    July 25, 2020 / 4:46 am

    I have a more tailored white linen shirt dress that I love for summer. The prairie dress might be cool but i would feel like a marshmallow in it!

  50. Linda Gaertner
    July 25, 2020 / 4:44 am

    Since I’m petite this dress would not look good on me so no I wouldn’t wear it.

  51. MP
    July 25, 2020 / 4:44 am

    The dress looks like a nightgown. I don’t like the tiers or the sleeves. Too much fabric. I would look like a potatoe sack in this. I understand the appeal of a loose dress on a hot day, but yikes! I like the scarf.

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2020 / 7:39 am

      The scarf is pretty 🙂

  52. Pamela over50 Feeling 40
    July 25, 2020 / 3:54 am

    Of course, I would wear a white summer dress that is the right design for my curvy figure and would be flattering. I fear in the one on display I would look like a marshmallow! But summer whites are lovely!

  53. Penelope
    July 25, 2020 / 3:35 am

    Summer whites are among my favorites. But as I’m fair, I like to have a bit of a tan to not look washed out. The tired dress style is nice and I would try it on, but would likely not buy it. I think it would look like too much fabric and too little style. I’m not a fan of shirt collars on me, so that’s a strike against it to start, especially since shirt collars are tailored and the body of the garment is not. To me, it’s an awkward combination. Then I find the fabric itself uninteresting. If it were textured like linen or even eyelet, seersucker, pique, etc, I would like it better. It just looks a bit boring to me as is, and it’s styling leaves little room for adding other elements. However, if the dress looked good on me and the price was right, I would buy it with the intention of either dying it a beautiful color to give it some interest or perhaps wearing it white with some chunky, textural necklaces in natural materials like wood. And a big straw hat.

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2020 / 7:41 am

      Thanks for sharing your styling ideas Penelope. Count me in the big straw hat game!

  54. sheryl beil
    July 25, 2020 / 3:10 am

    there were some in the slides that were quite cute, and would look nice on a variety of us…however this particular one, it sure wouldnt be a friend to me, and im not sure of the body type it would favor….the style, on me, would just accent everything i try to disguise.

    • Jennifer
      July 25, 2020 / 7:42 am

      Great observation. Thanks Sheryl

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