Fashion: Five ways to wow in white as summer heats up

From crisp cotton dresses to tailored blazers, Sam Wylie-Harris picks out the best ways to wear white...

George White Schiffli Mini Dress
By Sam Wylie-Harris, PA

KATE MIDDLETON has demonstrated why white is a summer staple.

Wearing a perfectly tailored suit – which looks to be the same Alexander McQueen outfit she wore in Jamaica in March – Kate was a vision in all-white at the unveiling of the National Windrush Monument in London.

Whether you want to look sleek in a tailored blazer, breathe easy in broderie anglaise or work light denim, there are plenty of ways to wear white in the warm weather.

They bring a carefree, laid-back vibe to summertime dressing – and here’s how to work white outfits into your wardrobe…


A short sundress always looks effortlessly cool – and this season, it’s all about crochet trims, lace trims and eyelet details. You can wear yours over swimwear to the beach, and it’ll take you straight to the bar at night.

George White Schiffli Mini Dress, £20

George White Schiffli Mini Dress

Joe Browns Beach Babe Lace Tunic, £55

Joe Brown's Beach Babe Lace Tunic


Broderie dresses in light cotton love a summer heatwave, and wearing yours in a midi or maxi style will really channel that boho vibe.

Pair with summery footwear – such as a block heel for a Seventies look, or a flat sole for casual days.

River Island White Broderie Smock Maxi Dress, £65

River Island White Broderie Smock Maxi Dress

Thought Carmen Broderie Dress in White, £150, John Lewis & Partners

Thought Carmen Broderie Dress, John Lewis and Partners


Summer suiting is having a moment – and there’s something so classic about a white tailored jacket.

A hero purchase, wear with faded denim trousers, cute cut-off shorts, or matching trousers.

STAR by Julien Macdonald Tailored Double Breasted Blazer, £69, Freemans

STAR by Julien Macdonald Tailored Double Breasted Blazer, Debenhams

River Island White Double Breasted Tailored Blazer, £75

River Island White Double Breasted Tailored Blazer


With Wimbledon about to swing into action, tennis-inspired outfits are all the rage.

Think a trendy tennis skirt with plenty of pleats, teamed with a polo shirt or zip-through jacket – or maybe a sleeveless tunic dress which looks effortlessly cool, both on and off the court.

Wimbledon Shop Women’s Tournament Skort in White, £40

Wimbledon Shop Women's Tournament Skirt

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