It might already feel like summer to you (the official start is June 21, BTW) now that the days are heating up, so it’s best to be prepared when the air really feels like it’s boiling outside. Sounds fun, right? Well, linen is here to help in that department—specifically linen dresses.The natural material is breathable, lightweight, and doesn’t cling to your skin, so it’s great to wear during the summer months. There are tons of options out there between minis or maxis and A-line or column silhouettes, so you can find exactly what kind of style you’re looking for. Pair them some cute sandals, a straw bag, or even wear ’em over your swimsuit and you’ve got yourself a certified fresh summer ‘fit.
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Here, we rounded up 18 linen dresses for women in all sorts of colors, prints, lengths, and styles so you can take your pick—or pick out multiple!—if you’re trying to update your summer wardrobe. As a bonus, many of them have POCKETS because we know there’s nothing that compares to the joy of discovering that you can in fact store your lipstick, phone, and whatever else *in* your dress. Love to see it.
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this long-sleeve dress
H&M Short Linen-Blend Dress
- Runs large, reviewers say size down
The balloon sleeves keep things loose, and the pattern is just gorgeous. This style has 40+ reviews and comes in four other colors if you prefer solids over prints.
Glowing Review: “Love this dress. Easy to dress up or dress down. 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 on the wallet, has a V-neck, and cute flutter sleeves for an extra detail.
Glowing Review: “Love the style and the fit! Very flattering and comfortable! Love the pockets!”
this shirt dress
Vitamin A Playa Shirt Dress
- Can wear as a cover-up or top
Okay, so it’s not *exactly* a dress, but it’s also not not a dress?! Throw on this chic, sheer button-down over your bikini for a beach capital “L” Look. It comes in olive, pink, and brown as well so you can coordinate it with your swimwear or you can pair it with a bralette and cutoffs for an off-the-beach outfit.
Glowing Review: “Fit is so comfortable and looks amazing on.”
this minimal dress
Mordenmiss Cotton Linen Dress
- Some reviewers say fit is off
Want something loose and more minimal? Opt for this midi, which has handy pockets, a slightly cinched waist, and a scoop neckline. Style it with sandals and a statement pendant necklace to really make it a whole effortless summer look.
Glowing Review: “Love this dress. Simple lines, modest, and flows nicely. Good weight of fabric, and you don’t need a slip!”
this cinched dress
Amazon Essentials Sleeveless Relaxed Fit Linen Dress
A sleeveless option with an adjustable cinched waist is exactly the right move on a scorching hot summer day.
Glowing Review: “Just what I wanted and I can zip it myself. Fit is perfect. Good quality material.”
this racerback dress
H&M Linen Jersey Long dress
- Only comes in black and brown
A racerback midi that isn’t overly clingy is “chef’s kiss.* This one comes in this brown hue and black if you like more neutral options, and when it gets more chilly at night, you can throw on a denim jacket over it.
Glowing Review: “I went back to get another once I tried this on. The linen is comfortable for summer, and it’s not see-through like I thought it might be.”
this printed dress
Madewell Linen-Blend Sophia Midi Dress
- Comfortable shirred elastic waist
This Madewell option has such a fun print, plus an elastic waist for a comfortable fit. It’s so popular among customers that a lot of sizes are sold out, but it’s worth checking out to see if yours is in stock!
Glowing Review: “This is a super cute dress, very flattering, and excellent quality. I love everything about this dress… and it’s machine washable. Whoop.”
this embroidered dress
Fanm Mon Demre Dress
- Stunning details like ruffles, embroidery, and buttons
Fanm Mom has some seriously gorgeous pieces and almost all of them are made our of linen, like this swingy blue number with ruffled sleeves and floral embroidery. It’s super popular among the stylish set, so you’ve probably seen it pop up on your IG feed, but might not have known where it was from… until now!
this column dress
RUMER Avalon Ring Detail Linen Dress
Sometimes linen pieces can run more on the casual side, and it can be hard to find dressier options. Well, this dress solves that problem for ya. The column silhouette, cutouts, and minimal straps make this a great style for a fancy summer dinner outing or a bach party. It’s half off right now, so sizes are limited, but it’s too great of a deal not to include!
this striped dress
beachlunchlounge Lana Stripe Linen & Cotton Tiered Midi Sundress
A striped dress is a summer must. This style has some stretch detailing at the back to ensure a comfy fit. It’ll look v cute with a straw bag and sandals when beach weather arrives.
Glowing Review: “This dress is so light and perfect for hot summer days when we want to be dressed but comfortable.”
this wide-sleeve dress
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 at the front, it’s also backless, which will feel great when there’s a breeze.
this slip dress
Bed Threads 100% French Flax Linen Midi Dress
- Works as a nightgown or dress
- Description says to size up
Like the brand name suggests, Bed Threads makes some of the best linen sheets in the game, but the brand segued its success in the bedding department into clothing, too! While most probably use this linen slip as a nightie, you can also wear it out and about as well—something you’ll definitely want to do when you see all the beautiful colors it comes in.
Glowing Review: “Love it! So happy with this and everything I’ve purchased from Bed Threads. It is so comfortable and perfect regardless of the weather.”
this Insta-famous dress
Sleeper Atlanta Linen Dress
- Can be worn on or off the shoulder
Ukranian brand Sleeper has some of the most popular linen dresses out there, and the Atlanta style is every style star’s go-to in summer. Dakota Fanning, Vanessa Hudgens, and Emma Roberts have all worn it, and the stretchy smocking means you can wear it off-the-shoulder or pulled over them.
this buttoned dress
Everlane The Linen Workwear 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 spots to stash things, and comes in four other summer-ready colors, but we’re particularly partial to this plaid that’s dubbed “Iced Coffee Grid.”
Glowing Review: “Very well-made, nice weight linen. The perfect casual, comfortable dress. Love that the sleeves can be worn longer or rolled up.”
this pleated dress
Faherty Gemina Stripe Linen Dress
- Lightweight, but not transparent
A linen dress so popular, it’s hard to keep in stock! Faherty’s own website has more sizes and colors available in this best-selling mini dress featuring pleats and buttons.
Glowing Review: “Beyond comfortable, perfect summer casual work dress. I am anxiously waiting for the indigo to come back in stock. Make more colors of this dress, please!”
this one-shoulder dress
LEMLEM Habiba One-Shoulder Fringed Maxi Dress
Though this style is actually cotton, the gauze texture gives it that linen feel. Throw it on as a poolside cover-up or wear it on its own with strappy sandals and a shoulder bag.
this tiered dress
Rachel Pally Linen Adelaide Dress
The shoulder ties on this maxi ensure it fits exactly right on your shoulders, while the cream hue is great for summer because it’ll keep you cooler than dark colors will. It’s also machine washable! (Just lay it flat to dry, though.)
this shirred dress
Faithfull the Brand Shivka Shirred Linen Mini Dress
A summer twist on an LBD, this mini shirred style is easy to throw on for any occasion: A date, a birthday dinner, a casual hang, you name it!
Are linen dresses good for summer?
Linen dresses are a great option to wear in summer! Linen is a natural material that’s lightweight, breathable, and doesn’t really cling to your skin when you’re all sweaty under that hot, hot, HOT summer sun. It’s also durable and even more cooling if you opt to wear a linen dress in lighter colors like white or beige since it absorbs less heat than darker hues.
Plus, linen dresses just look super chic and are easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. You’ll be comfortable while getting tons of compliments on your seasonal look. The best of both worlds, TBH.
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