Linen dresses that will help you beat the heat.

BREEzy linen dressES

If you’re going to buy one thing this summer, make sure that it’s a linen dress. Not only is the material a great, subtle texture, but it’s the piece that’s going to keep you the coolest during the hottest of days, no question.

While spaghetti straps and mini silhouettes might be your general go-tos during the dog days of summer, let linen dress give you a little more leeway. With puff sleeves, midi lengths, and more, you’ll be kept just as cool—and look just as fresh.

Shop all the best linen dresses to keep you cool this summer, right here.



& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Linen Midi Dress

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Transport yourself into a Jane Austen novel with this floral midi dress made of 100% linen. It has sweet puff sleeves and even a gathered bustline above a Victorian-inspired empire waist.


Faithfull the Brand Zeta Cutout Linen Midi Dress

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Go for the trend of the moment with this side cut out linen midi dress from Faithfull the Brand. You’ll love that, though it boasts dramatic cutouts with a front knot, it’s quite billowy in silhouette which balances out the skin-baring nature of the look.


Zimmermann Jude Scallop Midi Dress

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Few do linen dresses quite like Zimmermann, an Australian-based brand that knows the heat well. For all four seasons, they produce an army of floral-printed, ultra-feminine, linen dresses that wow, like this one you need to add to your collection for summer.

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Reformation Lucila Ruffle Linen Dress

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You can’t beat a little white dress when it comes to summer wardrobe essentials and this Reformation linen midi dress has just enough sweetness while also remaining quite tailored. With flat gladiators or sky-high strappy heels, you can take this look anywhere this season, effortlessly.


Farm Rio Guipure Lace-Trimmed Floral-Print Linen-Blend Voile Mini Dress

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Be bold with color, slipping into this billowy sleeved linen mini dress from Farm Rio. You’ll have all eyes on you with the rainbow-toned botanical print and lace-detailed bodice and sleeves.


Sleeper Midi Dress Brigitte

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When it a nightgown fit for the great outdoors? When it’s made by Sleeper, of course. Shop one of their classics—the Brigitte—with sweet puff sleeves and buttons that run all the way down the front.

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J.Crew Tiered Linen Mini Dress

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When you’re searching for a throw-on-and-go, opt for this linen spaghetti strap dress that’s part slip dress, but with a little bit more flounce.


Ephemera Nevada Garland Mini

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Go retro with this high-neck, sleeveless shift linen dress that lets its bold and colorful floral pattern speak for itself, with little tailoring to speak of.


Erdem Selene Halterneck Embroidered Linen Midi Dress

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The 1950s are alive and well with this tea-length twisted halter top linen dress from Erdem. It’s sweet, but sultry…all at the same time. Perfect for an al fresco brunch and late-night cocktails alike.


Johanna Ortiz Wave After Wave Organic Linen Mini Dress

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Shop this linen dress for a look that’s totally different from the back and the front. Though the flat front and tailored mini silhouette look quite simple from the front, the back reveals a totally open shape that holds together the dramatic bell sleeves with a single oversized bow.


Bondi Born Menton Organic Linen Mini Dress

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If you love a shirtdress, but want to make the tailored look feel a bit more casual, look to Bondi Born, who has crafted the perfect shirting-inspired linen mini dress out of 100% linen—a perfect match for your low-top Converse sneakers, too!


Zara Printed Linen Blend Dress

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Live out all your flower child dreams with this linen mini dress with side ties and a spaghetti strap top that allows the shift to hang just-so, peppered with retro flowers in blue and yellow.


Agua by Agua Bendita Lima Monarca Crema Linen Maxi Dress

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Agua Bendita takes it to the next level with this extra-special maxi dress, made of 100% linen, but peppered with 3D butterflies that look to be landing all over the wearer’s figure.


Posse Maeve Linen Mini Dress

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For a truly neutral palette, shop for a natural-toned linen mini dress, tailored just enough, while still providing a totally blank slate upon which to pile jewelry, add accessories, and mix-and-match shoes.


Reformation Jessi Linen Dress

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This linen dress will be your go-to for a relaxed fit due to its sack silhouette. A keyhole detail at the back adds visual interest while remaining true to minimalist sensibilities.


Everlane The Linen Apron Dress

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A linen apron dress like this one by Everlane is breathable and practical, especially with large, practical pockets. Consider opting for a serene deep blue color to feel at peace all summer long.

Pro Tip


Linen will wrinkle. Don’t sweat it. Literally. That’s part of the charm of the fabric and you can do little to prevent it.

You’ll find little as cooling as linen, so it’s high time that you invested in some linen dresses for summer, starting with these favorites.

Why wear a linen dress

Linen has long since been celebrated as a heatwave-approved material, boasting a breathable weave, made of natural fibers. It’s also innately moisture-wicking, which means that any sweat that does reach your garments is absorbed by the material (and dried quite quickly!) and kept away from your body. In fact, linen can absorb up to 1/5 of its weight in moisture without feeling the least bit damp. Who knew!

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