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The Little Black Dress will forever be close to my heart but if there’s a second place it goes to it’s cousin, the Little White Dress, especially in summer. I know there are rules around wearing white and that you’re not supposed to wear it after Labor Day or to weddings or for some other reason but whatever, when it feels right and it looks good just wear it!

I made an investment purchase last year when I bought this Self Portrait dress in Brown Thomas. The sequins bib, skater style skirt and that lace – what’s not to love! I spotted it when I was in the BT2 store on Grafton Street in Dublin looking for an outfit for my baby son’s christening. At the time I ended up getting another Self Portrait dress (a divine maxi length, sleeveless creation) but as soon as I got word of the Brown Thomas sale I immediately skipped online and got this gorgeous dress, for half price (still smug about that)!

You don’t have to spend big to get the perfect LWD and there are ways of lifting its status. A pair of heels like these tan suede lace-ups from River Island will instantly upscale your look. Plus the lace-up look is so on trend right now. Check out my top picks of all things lace-up here.

Adding statement accessories like this over-sized textured clutch by Clare Vivier is another way to seriously up the anti with your LWD. I love how the leopard print pops against the white lace. As a huge fan of clutch bags I don’t believe they should be kept for ‘special occasions’ either. Why hold back?

Side-note: this clutch is one of my favourite pre-loved bags from Vestiaire Collective. I absolutely adore this online store. So much temptation! Their selection is huge and the best bit is not having to pay full price for a good quality designer piece. Check out their range of pre-loved treasures here but be warned, it’s addictive!

I’ll be heading to Wimbledon next month (spectator not player!) and am considering this dress as a contender. What do you think? Is it tennis tournament material?

Scroll down for outfit details and 5 fabulous LWDs.

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Thanks for dropping by – J ♥

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Outfit Details

Dress ♦ Self Portrait (bought last year, similar here)

Lace-up Heels ♦ River Island

Clutch Bag ♦ Clare Vivier

Sunglasses ♦ River Island

Bracelet ♦ Links of London

Top Picks

Clockwise from top left (click on the brand to shop the look): Mango // Little White Lies// New Look // Gestuz // Tommy Hilfiger

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