Louise Roe went short and feminine with her little white Hunter Bell number, adding a pop of hot pink with her Femme D'Armes jacket to define the look.
Alexandra Rosenfeld took to the Cannes red carpet in an intricately embellished Tony Ward Couture minidress. The textured mini covered her arms but revealed her long, long legs.
Supermodel Heidi Klum can wear just about anything, but this bright white dress by Marchesa fits her to a tee. The gold design brings out her bronze complexion, and the short hem lets her show off those famous gams.
Though this look may not be best defined using the word "dress," Amanda Seyfried's Stella McCartney shorts and top are elegant enough to wear on a red carpet, while still being casual and playful.
Actress Brit Marling is a vision in this graphic Louis Vuitton frock. The leather accents ground the look and prevent the flared fit from making the dress appear overly feminine.
Kate Bosworth took her little white fit and flare Christian Dior dress to new lengths, allowing it to hit just below the knee. The skirt maintains a sense of movement to offset the high studded neckline and the top. She topped it off with EFFY Jewelry, Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pumps and ‘Calista’ clutch.
Who said only brides can wear white lace? Take a page out of Katharine McPhee's book and go with a short-cut mini to avoid a white lace look that'll have everyone thinking "bridal." She accessoried her look with Bionda Castana shoes
Nicole Kidman's white Altuzarra dress is super lady-like and fresh, thanks to the mid-calf hemline and modern folds in the skirt. And the only way to top off a classic look like this is with a red lip.
Paz Vega's Elie Saab Couture dress is a bit on the formal side, but it's how an embellished white number should be worn and accessorized. Simply and minimally.
Always one to bring a little bit of edge to the red carpet, Rooney Mara went for a Calvin Klein crop-top with a matching skirt. The unexpected fringe detail (not to mention those gothic, dark lips) elevates the look even further.
What's a dress list without cutouts these days? Taylor Swift rocked her white Calvin Klein mini and sported the cutout trend the right way. She accessories with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Cathy Waterman jewels, and a Calvin Klein clutch.
Can Victoria Beckham look any more perfect? The feathery frock (of her own design) hits (way) above the knee but has a conservative neckline for balance. And pairing it with a pair of stark white pumps? Genius.
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While the LBD is the ultimate in tried-and-true wardrobe staples, it's younger sister, the LWD, is gaining more recognition among the masses as a necessity. With Memorial Day just days away, it's the perfect time to start getting inspired. With a little bit of red-carpet-research, we've found some leading ladies who knew exactly what to do with the non-color. Add beading! Extend the hemline! Accent with color! Pack a punch with lipstick! Go for the cutouts! The options are truly endless, and have even gone so far as gotten us to think that maybe, just maybe, the LDW is the new LBD.