How to Dress Down a White Lace Dress


A white lace dress provides a stylish balance of formal and feminine for dressy occasions such as warm-weather holidays, graduations, family picnics and brunches when you want to look summer-appropriate and polished. It's not hard to continue to wear your favorite white lace dress to casual events, even when temperatures begin to drop. With the help of a few accessories most likely already hanging in your closet, you can dress down a white lace dress for all kinds of occasions.

Accessories that help set the casual style for your dress include:

  • Cropped denim jacket
  • Leather motorcycle jacket
  • Knee-high leather boots
  • Suede ankle booties
  • Floppy wide-brimmed hat
  • Fringed cross-body purse
  • Jewelry with fringe, leather or raw stone elements

Refer to your weekend style staples when it comes to dressing down your lace dress. That faded and distressed denim jacket you practically live in on lazy Sundays provides an interesting contrast with girly white lace, while your favorite beige suede ankle booties give a formal-leaning dress a more down-to-earth feel. But of course not all white lace dresses are the same, so consider the style of your dress when choosing the right accessories.

Showing Some Leg

Make the most of a white lace mini-dress with leg-lengthening heeled ankle booties and a cropped motorcycle jacket. Motorcycle jackets are available in everything from black leather to classic denim to funky neon colors -- so it's easy to let your personal style shine through. However, avoid jackets with a print because the lace texture will clash with any other pattern. While it's tempting to create mile-long legs with a wedge sandal or a nude pump, these styles are too dressy when you're wearing the lace dress for casual outings.

Soak Up the Sun

A sleeveless or strapless lace dress is easy to dress down in bohemian style. Earthy jewelry in faded metal or rough turquoise, coral or crystal add some hippie hints to make any lace dress feel less stuffy. This especially applies to a lace maxi-dress or loose, flowy cut. A sleeveless white lace dress is perfect for warm weather styling, so add a floppy felt hat to shade your eyes. A purse in leather or canvas and flat, strappy gladiator sandals complement this free-spirited style, as do fringed accessories of all kinds -- from a fringed natural leather cross-body purse to faded silver bangles with fringe details.

Make It Winter White

While a white dress is often associated with summer styles, you can also dress down a white lace dress while bundling up for colder temperatures. Opaque black tights are one way to keep your legs warm, while tights in jewel tones like cobalt blue or magenta add a pop of color to the neutral dress. Knee-high leather boots cover up your legs and will be especially complementary to a lace dress with a tighter skirt. Add a worn-in denim jacket or sleek leather jacket on top, and add a final layer with a knit infinity scarf to stay cozy.

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