The Little White Dress
The LWD is spring's must-have garment

Once upon a time, Coco Chanel made the little black dress an eternal staple in every woman’s closet by introducing the fashion world to her “Ford” dress. However, this spring, the LBD takes the back seat to the little white dress. The LWD embodies femininity and virtue; it instantly translates elegance to any look. Bystanders will gaze at you in awe. 

From the runway:

The LWD dominated the spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows, most notably Dolce & Gabbana's. Jill Stuart’s take on the LWD included structured silhouettes mixed with ruffles and frills. Azzaro’s show-stopping LWD encompassed a crystal bodice and a tired white silk skirt both united by a large black bow. Monique Lhuillier’s LWD designs were just angelic. Some other LWD designers included Derek Lam, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen (which is in the hands of the deserving Sarah Burton who took over for the late McQueen).

To your closets (for under $200):

1. For the glamour girl: Free People, ‘Marvel’ stretch slip ($48 at Nordstorm)

2. For the "everyday" girl: Abercrombie, ‘Kylie’ dress ($68 at Abercrombie)

3. For the hipster girl: Bebe, side cutout asymmetrical dress ($98 at Bebe)

4. For the party girl: Jessica Simpson, one shoulder party dress ($128 at Macy’s)

5. For the career girl: Lauren by Ralph Lauren ‘Roisita’ cotton shirt-dress ($140 at Macy’s)

Fashion moves fast; do not get left behind. The LWD is the season's hottest trend, but it may become your fierce new closet staple.