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How to Accessorize a White Dress

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Accessorize a White Dress

White dresses are perfect to wear on a lot of occasions, except for weddings of course, and especially for baby showers during the summer. We can wear them in our day to day lives, but we can also find more sophisticated styles that will work perfectly for more formal occasions. It is important to pair white dresses with the right accessories that you look amazing and perfect. In this OneHowTo article, we'll explain in detail how to accessorize a white dress.

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  1. Dress styles
  2. Shoes
  3. Handbag
  4. Jewellery and scarves
  5. Hair Accessories
  6. Underwear

Dress styles

First, consider what type of clothing we are talking about, because the right accessory will vary based on the style of the dress and on the occasion. That is, we would not choose the same accessories for a white beach dress as for a confirmation dress for a teenager. The length of the dress, the cut, cleavage, cloth, etc. will be different for each.

How to Accessorize a White Dress - Dress styles


You will have many options to choose from when selecting footwear to accessorize a white dress. These include:

  • Sandals and white shoes, for a monochromatic look.
  • Bright colors: Fuchsia, red, electric blue, apple green, yellow, etc. These will create a great contrast, which we recommend especially for informal occasions.
  • Nude or skin colors: If you want to highlight the dress, opt for natural or nude colored shoes that will be more subtle.
  • Boots can also give you a stand-out look when you combine your dress with brown or beige cowboy boots.
  • Wear classic black shoes for more formal or elegant occasions.

The truth is that you will have a thousand and one options with white dresses, but you can get still more information from the OneHowTo article What shoes to wear with a white dress.

How to Accessorize a White Dress - Shoes


Another essential accessory for a woman is a handbag, so you should think a lot about which to pair with your white dress. Just like with the shoes, you should find the best one for the occasion and your look.

You don't necessarily need to match the handbag to the shoes, but you can play with these two accessories and highlight one of them. This means that you can choose a bag that highlights either a single tone or pattern, or choose something subtle to highlight the shoes more.

How to Accessorize a White Dress - Handbag

Jewellery and scarves

It is crucial to match jewelry and scarves to your white dress. As mentioned above, everything will depend on the style of your dress and the occasion you are wearing it for, and also on whether you prefer a colorful and contrasting or more natural and simple look.

You can make your own bracelets with charms by following our tutorial.

How to Accessorize a White Dress - Jewellery and scarves
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Hair Accessories

You should also consider what accessories to put in your hair or how to wear your hair. For casual white summer dresses, billowy hats and ribbons are a great idea. For more formal occasions, you can put pins and accessories in your hair to make it more elaborate.

How to Accessorize a White Dress - Hair Accessories
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Knickers are something you must choose carefully for your white dress. Look for the best ones and try to make sure they're not branded or see-through. Despite what many believe, white underwearis not the best, it is better to wear skin coloured underwear because they are not transparent.

As for the bra, you will need to choose one depending on the type of neckline and straps, so it is not visible and gives you the perfect look. This is one of the most difficult types of dress to pick a bra for.

How to Accessorize a White Dress - Underwear
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