Red Carpet Micro-Trends: The White Dress

Posted on October 09, 2012

We’ve been arguing for some time that stylists and the ladystars they dress can be awfully lemming-like in their choices. You turn around one day and suddenly everyone’s sporting pointy-toed pumps, or red clutches, or men’s watches. We get why these folks want to give the impression that they’re up on the very latest, but sometimes it makes them all look like middle-schoolers who all have to have the same backpack or pair of sneakers, lest they get ostracized in the schoolyard or at awkward dances taking place under basketball hoops. So we figured we’d pick a micro-trend and see how everyone did. Lately, the white dresses have been making major appearances. This might seem odd given the time of year, but “never wear white after Labor Day” is a silly little archaic rule that needs to go the route of “a lady never leaves the house without her gloves and hat.”

Ladies in white? Please step forward for judging.

And yes, obsessive types, some of these looks are closer to off-white than white, but that’s being nit-picky.


Ashley Greene in Antonio Berardi
Ashley Greene at the Third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

Let’s face it. This gal would have to work awfully hard to look bad. If this dress was black – or any color, really – we’d probably find the panels too distracting, but it all works pretty well. We like the yellow shoes paired with it, but wish she’d worn one colorful piece of jewelry to set off some contrast.


Gwyneth Paltrow in Wes Gordon and Misha Nonoo
Gwyneth Paltrow at The Tracy Anderson Method Pregnancy Project.

Gwynnie has done a masterful job of accessorizing here. The blue purse provides a nice contrast, the orange pumps give her that pop, and the jewelry on her arm dresses the look up a but. We like the skirt, but the top looks a little raggedy.

Yes, these are separates. Stop being so pedantic. Stop it now.


Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli
Kristin Chenoweth at The American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards.

It’s just okay. It’s really borderline bridal. Love the gold cuff.


Sienna Miller in Alessandra Rich
Sienna Miller at the Chairman’s Reception Honoring Richard Gere, Ann Roth & James Schamus.

This is straight-up fabulous. She never really deserved the fashionista label that was slapped onto her by Anna Wintour, but this is chic as hell; possibly a Personal Best. We like the gold cuff, but we hate seeing her sporting them on both wrists, Wonder Woman-style.


Taylor Swift in Alice + Olivia
Taylor Swift at The Radio 1’s Teen Awards.

And finally, the girl who’d wear a white dress every day of her life if she could get away with it. The little cutouts on the lower back take it away from looking too virginal. We like the ring and the earrings. We detest the shoes. Wearing white shoes with a white dress should be reserved for brides and little Catholic girls making their First Holy Communion.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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