Move Over, LBD: 5 Reasons to Add White Dresses to Your Closet

The little black dress (LBD) is a cultural staple at this point — think Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Princess Diana’s iconic 1994 “revenge dress.”

Although there are many reasons to invest in a great black dress (or two… or three…) it’s always exciting to explore your other options, as well. After all, the more options you have available, the more fun it is to get dressed up for your next cocktail party or brunch.

With that in mind, let’s look at five compelling reasons to add the “LWD” (the little white dress) to your closet, too.

1) You’ll Command the Spotlight

There’s something very striking about white dresses for women. First of all, because it’s diametrically opposed to the classic LBD, you’ll turn heads for all the right reasons as you walk through the door.

You can add more visual interest by choosing a dress with an interesting neckline — for example, Marcellamoda’s Caterina Dress, which features an elegant one-shoulder wrap.

2) White Matches with Everything

White is also a great addition to any wardrobe because it can be paired with just about everything. You can create a monochromatic look with equally neutral accessories, or you can add a colorful element — like a bright bag or shoes — for a delicious pop of contrast.

3) White Material Drapes & Gathers Well

A long dress comprised of white fabric tends to flow fabulously. The result? You’ll look like a living piece of art straight out of a sculpture gallery. The beauty of iconic white marble sculptures such as the Venus de Milo and the Veiled Lady has floored people for centuries. The good news is you can echo some of that magic with a fluidly draped, statuesque white dress.

Say, for example, our Florentina Dress in off-white, reminiscent of a classic Italian or Greek sculpture carved from marble?

4) You’ll Stay Comfortable in Warmer Months

While most of us have heard the rule “no wearing white after Labor Day,” that outmoded fashion maxim has become irrelevant today. This is especially true if your climate is warm in both fall and spring.


Tired old tropes aside, you’ll want to look cool and stay cool at your next event. Darker materials absorb light; white fabrics reflect it — which can help your body regulate its temperature more readily. Adding a few timeless white dresses to your closet will give you more choices no matter the weather on the day of your next event, whether it’s a backyard garden soiree or a happy hour event on the patio of your favorite watering hole.

5) You Can Have Fun with Accessories

As we mentioned above, white is renowned for its versatility. It’s actually harder to find something that doesn’t go with white. Even if a pop of color is not your thing, have you noticed that white combines well with silver and gold jewelry alike, giving you more options for adorning your outfit to your heart’s content?

We obviously love the LBD (one look at our collection and even Siyana’s three-year-old daughter pointed out this fact…), but can we ignore our own black obsession for a second and suggest that there are lots of reasons for women to add white dresses to their closets, too?!?

Shop Marcella’s full line of designer cocktail dresses and day dresses today. Our minimalist black, gray and (yes!) white dresses for women are all equally inspired by NYC and handcrafted in Europe…

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