You can look stunning in a white, billowy and flowing dress, whether it is casual or formal, especially if you want to show off a golden tan or are naturally dark skinned. If you don't have dark skin, naturally or otherwise, you can still enjoy wearing a white dress by choosing colorful accessories to eliminate the "washed out" look. A bright scarf or jacket in a color that looks good on you can be worn with a white dress.
In times past, when dresses were long and swept the dirt and clothing was washed painstakingly by hand and not very often, white dresses were not practical. They were in fact worn only by the very wealthy. Even wedding gowns were not white until Queen Victory in the mid 1800s began the custom of white for weddings. However, with the modern convenience of automatic washing machines and easy wash fabrics, white dresses can be worn by anyone who chooses to wear them.
Today white prom dresses are popular choices for teens. Many styles are available, from short, lacey and flowing styles to long, elegant princess style dresses. The important thing to remember when wearing a white dress is to wear appropriate undergarments, as many white fabrics tend to show through. Undergarments should be skin colored to cut down on the outline of the undergarments showing through, especially against sunlight of bright lights.
Special occasions for young girls, like birthday parties, Easter, or family get-togethers are perfect times for a white dress. They would not be very practical for every day playwear. A white, flouncy dress looks very dressy and will make your young daughter feel like a princess. What a great image builder.
Whether you will be strolling down a beach boardwalk in a cool sundress or attending a prom or formal occasion, you can't go wrong if your color choice is white. The only time you should not wear white is if you are attending a wedding and you are not the bride.