19 Casual White Dresses For Laid Back Brides-To-Be

Low-key looks for your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and beyond

Updated 08/08/18

Courtesy of Christy Dawn

Many a bride-to-be finds ultra-romantic, whimsical, and eye-catching creations impossible to resist, but others simply don’t identify with this aesthetic, especially when it comes to building a bridal wardrobe for the events leading up to the big day—the engagement party, bridal shower, welcome drinks, rehearsal dinner, and bachelorette party. But when you need a handful of casual white pre-wedding dresses for all of your events, there is a way to narrow in on styles that coincide with relaxed tastes.

When shopping for an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette or rehearsal dinner look, the casual bride is anti-drama with her attire. Instead, she’s in favor of a simple dress sans bells and whistles. Especially if said pre-wedding festivities are taking place in warmer weather—unfussy is the ultimate goal. For this type of bride-to-be, it’s all about the fabrics—we’re for linen, cotton, knitted styles, easy slip dresses, and low-key lace (this might sound a bit fancy, but stick with us). For the engaged gal uninterested in dressing up too much, simple shapes are fair game. We do suggest choosing a silhouette with a bit more structure like a fit-and-flare design or A-line style that nips in at the waist. For those willing to step it up a notch or two, cotton, linen or knitted dresses with added interest are all easy ways to dial it up—think a frilled hem, slightly puffed sleeve or bow-tie straps. For the casual woman keen on embracing a more feminine silhouette, options instantly feel more relaxed in linen, cotton or a knit but maintain an elevated effect.

If dressier fabrics aren’t intimidating, that’s where slip dresses and low-key lace styles come in to play. A laid-back vibe is still achievable so long as the silhouette feels easy like a shirt dress just touched with broderie anglaise, a kaftan-inspired mini in all-over white guipure or a body-skimming slip in the most minimal form. Of course, accessories have a lot to do with the effect, too. For the ultimate in ease, stick to a neutral sandal, heel or espadrille and keep jewelry to a minimum. After the wedding, each style is perfect for your honeymoon whether it’s a tropical getaway or European adventure.

If you’re ready to shop for a low-key bridal wardrobe, ahead are 19 easy-breezy casual white dresses for every event on your pre-wedding calendar.

01 of 19

Linen

Courtesy of Joie

Joie Filma Linen Dress

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $118.08

02 of 19

Linen

Courtesy of Sézane

Sézane Églantine Dress

SHOP NOW: Sézane, $180

03 of 19

Linen

Courtesy of Rachel Pally

Rachel Pally Linen Katy Dress

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $216

04 of 19

Linen

Courtesy of Marina Rinaldi

Marina Rinaldi, Plus Size Dedicare Linen Dress

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $475

05 of 19

Cotton

Courtesy of Who What Wear

Who What Wear Sleeveless Lace-Up Tank Dress

SHOP NOW: Target, $32.99

06 of 19

Cotton

Courtesy of Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn The Piper Dress

SHOP NOW: Christy Dawn, $212

07 of 19

Cotton

Courtesy of La Linge

La Ligne Lou Dress

SHOP NOW: La Ligne, $350

08 of 19

Knitted

Courtesy of French Connection

French Connection Crepe Fit And Flare Dress

SHOP NOW: French Connection, was $138, now $89.99

09 of 19

Knitted

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Belted Ribbed Knit Dress

SHOP NOW: Michael Kors, was $175, now $122.50

10 of 19

Knitted

Courtesy of Bebe

Bebe Tatiana Dress

SHOP NOW: Bebe, $149

11 of 19

Knitted

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor Stretch Textured V-Neck Dress

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, was $295, now $177

12 of 19

Knitted

Courtesy of Theory

Theory Ottoman Day Dress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $375

13 of 19

Slips

Courtesy of Topshop

Topshop Floral Jacquard Cotton Linen Blend Slipdress

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $60

14 of 19

Slips

Courtesy of Halston Heritage

Halston Heritage Strappy Slip Dress

SHOP NOW: Halston Heritage, was $245, now $147

15 of 19

Slips

Courtesy of Silk Laundry

Silk Laundry 90s Silk Slip Dress

SHOP NOW: Silk Laundry, $177.17

16 of 19

Slips

Courtesy of Stone Cold Fox

Stone Cold Fox Tempation Gown

SHOP NOW: Stone Cold Fox, $300

17 of 19

Low-Key Lace

Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Tall Broderie Mini Skater Dress

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $51

18 of 19

Low-Key Lace

Courtesy of Suboo

Suboo Lace Kaftan

SHOP NOW: Suboo, $230

19 of 19

Low-Key Lace

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

LoveShackFancy Caroline Dress

SHOP NOW: LoveShackFancy, $475

Related Stories