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The LWD (little white dress) has traditionally lost out to the LBD with the media constantly telling us how vital it is to have that perfect black dress that works for everything and anything. Realistically though, the little black dress has its limits… You can often end up looking like you’re either in mourning or a contestant on The Apprentice, it’s tricky for a wedding and really, how many cocktail parties and black tie events do you actually go to? Don’t get me wrong, I love a little black dress, but only really when you put the emphasis on the little. Backless playsuits, silky slip dresses and off-the-shoulder kaftans are all winners come summer. But when it comes to properly dressing up, I inevitably look to the white side.

It somehow feels less showy, less formal and looks insane with a bright red lip. Yes it’s still a bit tricky at weddings (I personally think you can wear white to a wedding – as long as there’s no veil involved – but those more traditionally-inclined can have a real problem with it) but the perfect LWD is exactly the sort of thing you want for those summer events that demand daytime dressing up. After staring wistfully at it hanging in my wardrobe for weeks, I finally gave this Self Portrait dress an outing to my nephew’s christening recently. Broderie anglaise, sheer, spotty sleeves and proper, roomy pockets, this milkmaid-esque frock is up there as one of favourite things to wear. The lack of photos and miserable demeanour is down to the fact I was in the process of coming down with a robust bout of laryngitis and was feeling all kinds of rough. I hasten to add I wore my Topshop black mules but blisters quickly ensued and by the end of the day, I was back in my faithful slides.

You can put the girl in a dress, but you can’t always take her out of her orthopaedic shoes….

Shop Self Portrait here.


Dress | Self Portrait
Slides | Isabel Marant
Sunglasses | Rayban

Ph. James Wright