Ways to Style the Little White Dress with 8 Decades

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3 Decades of Stylish Women

Ways to Style the Little White Dress with 8 Decades

I swear the LBD gets all the attention when you talk about must haves, yet the little white dress can be just as perfect.

Quote of the day: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress. Dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Coco Chanel

While life has gotten way more casual, it’s still wonderful to put on a dress. Yet you want your dresses to work hard and be good for many occasions. I’m sure that’s why the LBD is so popular. But on the other end of the spectrum, I think the little white dress can be just as versatile. That’s why the women of our Magnificent 8 thought it’d be a great theme.

In our last Magnificent 8 collaboration we showcased pastel print mixing. I think all of our joint posts have proved without a doubt how style is really ageless no matter what the theme.

Let’s see how we styled them differently, and then you should definitely check out all of the other decades of women below.

Walking in our little white dress

Jodie’s Little White Dress

This dress was given to me by my bestie, Stacy, many years ago. You’ve seen her join us here on the blog many times. But when she first gave it to me, it was way too long. So I had my mom shorten it for me. It wasn’t easy because mom had to remove the the lace trim, then shorten it and put the trim back on.

It was worth it though because I’ve worn it for over 6 years and it’s one of Rob’s favorite dresses on me. In fact, I layered a top over it once on the blog.

Bright accessories for the summer

Dress: Cold Water Creek ~~Belt: WCM ~~Shoes: A New Day ~~Earrings: Target~~Hat: ~~Purse: Aldo-thrifted

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Summer hats

The funny thing is that the belt used to be Nancy’s. She just doesn’t wear belts all that much, so she gifted it to me. So basically, it’s a sentimental outfit for me.

Wearing the little white dress with colorful shoes

Adding Color

My first thought is to add color to a little white dress. While I love the idea of a monochromatic look, it’s hard when color is my middle name, ha ha! This time, I wanted to bring in a bunch of colors instead of just one.

The little white dress with pops of color

Nancy’s Little White Dress

I love how Nancy added in metallics and neutrals to her little white dress.

The cardigan is one of those pieces that isn’t meant for warmth, but it adds such elegance to any item. Heck, you could wear it over a t-shirt to give an outfit pizzazz.

Gold shrug over the little white dress

Dress: Xhilaration ~~Cardigan: ~~Shoes: Aldo ~~Hat: ~~Purse: Estee & Lilly

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Adding gold to the little white dress


While this dress could also be worn casually too, I think that adding in the metallics gives it a dressier air.

Nancy has worn this dress many times in the past on the blog especially when we featured white dresses.

Nude sandals

Nancy doesn’t wear hats all that much, but since we were going to be at the park this day, she grabbed this one. She remembers having this hat for a wedding she was in over 20 years ago. It’s a prime example of how things will last forever if you never wear them, ha ha!!

Summer dressing

Charlotte’s Little White Dress

My mom has gotten a ton of use from this dress she made many years ago. In fact, she wore it with neutrals just last month. Because it has black buttons, she does tend to wear black with it many times. However, I’ve been trying to push her to wear the colors that look better with her complexion since we’ve learned about them many times now.

The funny thing is mom and I didn’t talk about what we were wearing beforehand. Yet you’d think we had coordinated these outfits. You know what they say? The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Garden stolling

Dress: Mom made it ~~ Belt: ~~Shoes: SRO ~~Necklace: thrifted~~Hat: thrifted~~Purse: thrifted

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Statement Necklace

My mom picked up this statement necklace and matching earrings at a thrift store many years ago. This is exactly why I love statement jewelry, because it adds so much to the overall look.

You can check out how she wore it years ago with a totally different outfit. And even another time here.

The little white dress for older women

Purse and Shoes

Funny thing when we were outside taking these photos, my mom commented that the purse and shoes didn’t match. When she was in her house, they looked the same color.

I think it’s so interesting how colors can look so different in different lighting. Yet I almost like the fact that the purse and shoes don’t match. They certainly go well with the outfit because they are bright colors and there are many color in the look.

Green shoes
Summer and the little white dress
Three women in the little white dress

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

Great story about this photo shoot. We were walking around the park and there was a graduation party at one of the shelters. As we walked by, one of the women hailed us and wanted to tell us how wonderful we looked together. Now those are moments that just make our day!

The Magnificent 8

The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration among 8 stylish women from every decade of life showcasing our style one generation at a time. The mission of this collaboration is to show you just how ageless style is, how we can each dress however we’d like and in ways that make us feel fabulous. There are no age restrictions on style. So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all 8 of these amazing gals!

8 Decades of Style

Grace of Graceful Rags is representing teenagers.
Michelle of Michelle’s Pa(i)ge is representing the 20-somethings.
Roxanne of Glass of Glam is representing the 30-somethings.
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge is representing the 40-somethings.
Rena of Fine Whatever is representing the 50-somethings.
Eugenia of Age of Grace is representing the 60-somethings.
Nancy of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 70-somethings.
And Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 80-somethings.

We are showing that you can’t put a number on style!

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