It might already look like summer to you (official start is June 21, BTW) now that the days are getting warmer, so it’s best to be prepared when the air really feels like boiling outside . Sounds fun, right? Well, linen is here to help you in that department, especially linen dresses. The natural material is breathable, lightweight and doesn’t cling to your skin, so it’s comfortable to wear in the summer months. There are tons of options between minis or maxis and A-line or column silhouettes, so you can find exactly the type of style you’re looking for. Pair them with cute sandals, a straw bag or even wear them over your bathing suit and you have a cool, certified summer fit.
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Here, we’ve rounded up 18 linen dresses for women in all sorts of colors, prints, lengths and styles so you can take your pick – or choose more than one! – if you are trying to update your summer wardrobe. As a bonus, many of them have POCKETS because we know there’s nothing quite compares to the joy of discovering that you can actually store your lipstick, phone and everything else *in * your dress. I love seeing him.
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this long sleeve dress
Short linen-blend dress H&M
- Runs large, reviewers say the size is smaller
The balloon sleeves keep things loose and the pattern is simply stunning. This style has over 40 reviews and is available in four other colors if you prefer solids to prints.
Rave review: “I love this dress. Easy to dress up or dress down. The material is lightweight and not see-through.”
this gingham dress
Goodthreads Flutter Sleeve Peasant Dress
- Comes in tons of other colors
- Some say the flutter sleeves were stiff
This knee length version is easy to wear, has a v-neck and pretty flutter sleeves for extra detail.
Rave review: “Love the style and fit! Very flattering and comfortable! Love the pockets!”
this shirt dress
Vitamin A Playa Shirt Dress
- Can be worn as a blanket or top
Alright, so it’s not *exactly* a dress, but neither is it do not dress?! Layer this chic, sheer button-up shirt over your bikini for an L-shaped beach look. It’s also available in olive, pink and brown so you can coordinate it with your swimwear or you can pair it with a bralette and cutouts for an off-the-beach outfit.
Rave review: “The fit is so comfortable and looks amazing.”
this minimal dress
Mordenmiss cotton and linen dress
- Some reviewers say the fit is off
Want something loose and more minimal? Opt for this midi, which has practical pockets, a slightly fitted waist and a scoop neckline. Wear it with sandals and a trendy pendant necklace for an effortless summer look.
Rave review: “Love this dress. Simple, modest, flowing lines. Good fabric weight, and you don’t need a slip!”
this fitted dress
Amazon Essentials Relaxed Fit Sleeveless Linen Dress
A sleeveless option with an adjustable cinched waist is exactly the right choice on a hot summer day.
Rave review: “Exactly what I wanted and I can close it myself. The fit is perfect. Good quality material.”
this racerback dress
Long linen jersey dress H&M
- Only available in black and brown
A racerback midi that isn’t too sticky is “the chef’s kiss.” *This one comes in this brown and black hue if you like more neutral options, and when it gets cooler at night you can throw on a denim jacket over it.
Rave review: “Went back for another one once I tried this one. The linen is comfortable for summer, and it’s not sheer like I thought it would be.”
this printed dress
Madewell Linen Blend Sophia Midi Dress
- Comfortable gathered elastic waistband
This Madewell option has such a fun print, plus an elastic waistband for a comfortable fit. It’s so popular with customers that many sizes are sold out, but it’s worth checking to see if yours is in stock!
Rave review: “This is a super cute dress, very flattering and of excellent quality. I love everything about this dress…and it’s machine washable. Shout.”
this embroidered dress
Mon Demre Fanm Dress
- Stunning details like ruffles, embroidery and buttons
Fanm Mom has some seriously gorgeous pieces and almost all of them are made from linen, like this swingy blue number with ruffled sleeves and floral embroidery. It’s hugely popular among stylish ensembles, so you’ve probably seen it pop up on your IG feed, but you might not have known where it came from…until now!
this column dress
RUMER Avalon Linen dress with ring
Sometimes linen pieces can be more casual and dressier options can be hard to find. Well, this dress solves that problem for you. The columnar silhouette, cutouts and minimal straps make this an ideal style for a chic summer dinner party or bachelorette party. It’s half price right now, so sizes are limited, but it’s too big not to include!
this striped dress
beachlunchlounge Lana striped linen and cotton midi summer dress
A striped dress is a summer staple. This style has stretch detailing at the back to ensure a comfortable fit. It will be very cute with a straw bag and sandals when the beach time arrives.
glowing review: “This dress is so lightweight and perfect for those hot summer days when you want to be dressed up but comfy.”
this dress with wide sleeves
Mie Djerba Dress
- Extended sizes are sold out
Mie’s dresses are all handmade in Lagos, Nigeria, by local artisans, and as evidenced by this pink number, they’re guaranteed to turn heads. In addition to the keyhole cutout in the front, it is also backless, which will give you a pleasant feeling when there is a breeze.
this slip dress
Bed Threads 100% French Linen Midi Dress
- Works as a nightgown or a robe
- The description says to prune
As the brand name suggests, Bed Threads makes some of the best linen sheets in the game, but the brand has also turned its success in the bedding department into clothing! While you’ll probably use this linen jumpsuit as a babydoll, you can also wear it outside, which you’ll definitely want to do when you see all the beautiful colors it comes in.
glowing review: “Love it! I’m so happy with this and everything I’ve bought from Bed Threads. It’s so comfortable and perfect whatever the weather.”
this dress famous on Instagram
Atlanta Linen Sleeper Dress
- Can be worn on or off the shoulder
Ukrainian brand Sleeper has some of the most popular linen dresses, and the Atlanta style is the go-to for all summer style stars. Dakota Fanning, Vanessa Hudgens and Emma Roberts have all worn it, and the stretchy smocking means you can wear it off the shoulder or over it.
this buttoned dress
Everlane the linen work dress
- Can be dressed up or down
- Some reviewers say it runs large
Proof that you can never have too many pockets! This top-rated Everlane style has four places to put things and comes in four other summer-ready colors, but we’re particularly fond of this throw that’s dubbed “Iced Coffee Grid.”
Rave review: “Very well made linen and a nice thickness. The perfect casual and comfortable dress. I love that the sleeves can be worn longer or rolled up.”
this pleated dress
Faherty Gemina striped linen dress
- Light but not transparent
A linen dress so popular it’s hard to keep in stock! Faherty’s website has more sizes and colors available in this best-selling mini dress with pleats and buttons.
Rave review: “Beyond the comfortable and perfect summer casual work dress. I look forward to the indigo coming back in stock. Make more colors of this dress, please!”
this one shoulder dress
One-shoulder fringed long dress Habiba LEMLEM
Although this style is actually cotton, the gauze texture gives it that linen feel. Throw it on as a cover-up by the pool or wear it alone with strappy sandals and a shoulder bag.
this ruffled dress
Adelaide linen dress Rachel Pally
The shoulder ties on this maxi ensure it fits your shoulders perfectly, while the cream hue is ideal for summer as it will keep you cooler than dark colours. It is also machine washable! (Just lay it flat to dry, though.)
this ruched dress
Faithfull the Brand Shivka gathered linen mini dress
A summery twist on an LBD, this ruched mini style is easy to pull on for any occasion: a date night, a birthday dinner, casual attire, and more.
Are linen dresses good for summer?
Linen dresses are a great option to wear in the summer! Linen is a natural material that is lightweight, breathable and doesn’t really stick to your skin when you sweat in that hot, hot, HOT summer sun. It is also durable and even more refreshing if you choose to wear a linen dress in lighter colors like white or beige, as it absorbs less heat than darker shades.
Plus, linen dresses look super chic and are easy to dress up or dress down depending on the occasion. You will be comfortable while receiving tons of compliments on your seasonal look. The best of both worlds, TBH.
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