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Linen Dresses Are All I Want to Wear This Summer—and These 29 Are Epic

There’s something sentimental about linen and its reminiscence of the fleeting summer season. The cross-weave permits the light to penetrate it, yet the density can withhold the most structured of shapes. Suffice to say, it makes a welcome change from the cotton pieces I have hung up in my wardrobe.

It’s a wonderful thing when a fabric can be celebrated. The charm is in the netted textile that allows for a whistling zephyr, enabling you to regulate your body temperature. Plus, the rumpling that comes with wear adds a lovely relaxed feel. Aside from linen shirts, I tend to gravitate towards midi and maxi length dresses. I’ve also found it’s an easy way to add colour to my summer wardrobe, as the material disperses natural light, softening the intensity of vibrant hues.

The linen dresses in my possession have a special place in my heart because they evoke memories of lazy summer days. Think André Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name vibes. That’s the very feeling I envisage whilst wearing a linen dress—wanderlust during the height of summer and being one with nature in Northern Italy (I can dream).

From mini to maxi dresses and everything in between, you could argue that a summer capsule is incomplete without the presence of a linen dress. From sheath, figure-fitting fits typical of circa 1990s, to contemporary shapes and wrap dresses, there’s a way everyone can enjoy the fabric this summer. 

Keep scrolling for my edit of the most glorious dresses to give you that summer feeling! The window of opportunity is short but oh, so sweet.

The structure would make for a wonderful evening dress.

I have a huge crush on Aje at the moment.

There’s something timeless about a green linen dress.

An example of evening appropriate linen. Wear with strappy heels and an oversized blazer.

A timeless staple released year after year.

A full flowing maxi in the dreamiest of candy pinks.

The quality of this dress is second to none.

I’m so impressed with the feel of this fabric.

A throw-on dress for the summer holidays.

Linen brings extra softness to this lilac shade.

Shirring and linen go hand in hand.

It wouldn’t be a linen dress edit without Sleeper.

The perfect holiday dress.

This bright yellow is very popular this year.

How many bows are too many?

As practical as it is stylish.

This green always looks great with brown.

Cult Gaia does gorgeous summer dresses. Just look at this blue!

An undefeated summer style.

Tastefully placed cut-outs  – wear with anything from trainers to heels.

The pleated bodice brings a welcomed element of formality.

This pink could convert me to wearing more colour.

Bondi born are best known for their linen pieces – the waist feature is stunning.

I’ve included this is a few dress edits because it looks so luxe!

The kind of dress you’ll appreciate every summer.

A classic style available in UK Sizes 6-30.

You needn’t worry about accessories because a dress like this does all of the talking.

Complete this look with a basket bag and tan slip-ons.

You can’t go wrong with a white shirt dress.

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