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There are few pieces that evoke summer quite like the linen dress: Breezy and breathable, it’s one of the best wardrobe options for a warm, humid day. You likely already have a linen blazer and trousers in your rotation, but on truly swampy days when you barely want anything touching your body, a linen dress is the obvious answer.
Not only is the linen dress easy to style—just grab a pair of espadrilles or slides and a cardigan or denim jacket in case of a draft—but because linen is a durable natural fiber derived from the flax plant, it’s lightweight and biodegradable. Plus, the best linen dresses are so comfortable, they’re akin to wearing pajamas in public (but without all the concerned glares). Honestly, why would you wear anything else this summer?
Of course, you don’t have to stop at the traditional white linen sundress, which may conjure Little House on the Prairie vibes. This season, designers have reimagined the summer standby into fun, colorful iterations and even more exciting silhouettes. Ahead, 19 linen dresses for minimalists and maximalists alike.
The Must-Have Mini
Aubree Linen Dress
Adjustable straps and a simple A-line silhouette offset this bright bubblegum pink hue.
The Investment Piece
Technical Stretch Linen Dress
Looking for something more fitted? This linen Proenza Schouler number is made from stretch linen for a comfortable fit.
The Tailored Fit
Linen Caro Dress
A body-grazing linen dress like this one from Rachel Pally offers comfort and ease.
The Linen Wrap
Lola Linen-Blend Mini Wrap Dress
A linen wrap dress hides wrinkles strategically—and looks just as chic for a beach day as it does for a weekend brunch.
The Nice Save
The Smocked Linen Dress
Everlane’s smocked midi dress is a summer wardrobe essential if we’ve ever seen one.
The Mixed-Material Dress
Sardinia Maxi Dress
This saccharine dress from London-based Rixo boasts an open back for extra ventilation, as well as crochet-knit top detailing.
The Structured Midi
Linen Pin Midi Dress
Osklen’s cotton-linen-blend dress—with its empire line waist and asymmetric neckline—might just be the only one you’ll need for summer.
The Formal Frock
Lanai Linen Maxi Dress
Who knew linen could double as formalwear? This linen dress may not be black-tie appropriate, but it’s a great breathable option for one of the dozens of outdoor weddings on the horizon this season.
The Vintage Dress
Rose Midi Linen Dress
The A-line skirt on this blue linen dress gives it a full-on vintage vibe.
The Beachy Mini
The D.K. Mini Dress
Anemos’s linen-cupro-blend dress is made for beach days that turn into beach evenings.
The Square-Neck Dress
Is there anything easier to style than a square-neck maxi dress? Pair yours with lace-up sandals and a rattan tote for a casual look, or dress it up with strappy heels and a sleek shoulder bag for a night out.
The Best Blues
Baunhilha Layered Cutout Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress
You certainly don’t have to go blue-on-blue-on-blue with the Jacquemus dress, but why not give it a try?
The One-Shoulder Dress
Southern Pacific Organic Linen Midi Dress
Johanna Ortiz is known for her ethereal, summer-ready silhouettes—and this one-shouldered linen dress is no exception.
The Ring Dress
Vanades Cutout Linen-Blend Midi Dress
The cutouts and O-ring detailing make this linen dress anything but frumpy. Pair yours with platform slides or low-heeled mules to complete the look.
The Linen LBD
Linen Tig Dress
Black linen may seem counterintuitive, but that’s only true if you plan to spend the entire day in the sunlight. This adjustable dress from Eliza Faulkner is a no-brainer for warm summer days, especially if you’re working from an office.
The Versatile Dress
Zola Striped Linen-Blend Mini Dress
Significant Other founders Kathryn Forth and Julia Ritorto designed this dress for your OOO wardrobe, but pair it with flowy white trousers and a blazer, and you’ve got yourself an office-appropriate tunic too.
The Cutout Dress
Las Flores Cutout Gathered Linen Maxi Dress
Cutouts are the ultimate summertime ventilation trick. This midi dress from Indonesia-based label Faithfull the Brand is cut from breathable linen and features a body-skimming silhouette.
The Best-Dressed Guest
Exclusive Nispero Floral Linen Midi Dress
This gardenia-inspired Cumbia-print dress is made in Colombia—and it’s practically begging to be worn to a beach wedding.
Eleanor Shirt Dress
You’ll reach for this simple linen shirtdress so much that you might want to grab it in two (or three) colors. The simple popover-collared neck makes it the perfect beach cover-up—but it’s also office appropriate when you pair it with slides and a quilted tote.
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