When it comes to summer style, linen dresses are, in a word, quintessential. Beloved for its breathability, linen reads easy and elevated in the heat, with a bit of structure unlike certain other lightweight materials. The derived-from-flax fabric is also absorbent—a major benefit in sweltering temperatures.
But despite the specific, summery visions they inspire, linen dresses are more than pragmatic when it comes to finding one that fits your style. When shopping for a new one this season, you’ll discover many silhouettes, colors, and prints on offer. The latest versions are bursting with style—think trendy puff sleeves and smocking, romantic details like corseted waists, tiered skirts, and frilled accents, and a celebration of color, from saturated brights to playful pastels. If you like to make a splash, how about a vibrant hue like bright purple, bubblegum pink, or mint green? All three are ruling the season.
If you're more of a minimalist, you'll also find that plenty of pared-back yet impeccably cut versions breathe new life into black, white, tan, and grey dresses. If timeless and refined are two words that speak to you, slips, tunics, shifts, and shirt dresses surely have your name on them.
As stylish on vacation as they are for work, parties, or summer nights out, keep scrolling to discover 20 linen dresses we love right now.
Featuring the square neck that's taken over fashion in a Bridgerton-obsessed moment, this buttoned linen dress is great for garden parties or dinner following a day at the beach.
What’s more fun for summer than a bubblegum pink mini with pretty puff sleeves? This brand also offers an inclusive size run, from XXS to 3X.
You’ll most certainly be living la dolce vita in this fruit print dress, featuring a pretty bustier neckline and defined waist.
This dazzling blue mini shines in its simplicity, featuring bow-tie straps, a fitted but breathable bodice, and an easy fit-and-flare skirt.
The only way to survive a 90-plus degree day in black? By wearing this linen midi, with an oh-so- pretty neckline and sleeves.
This mint-green smocked dress (available in standard and plus sizes) will keep you feeling cool and refreshed in blazing weather.
Inspired by vintage kaftans, this white linen midi is a vacation must.
You’ll be the belle of summer in this navy number, featuring a smocked waist and puff sleeves.
A fruity motif instantly takes the stuffiness out of a shirtdress.
Whether cinched or worn loose, we love the romantic feel of this pale pink maxi with a dropped waist.
Say hello to the ultimate vacation maxi—if orange isn’t your hue, how about the turquoise or fuchsia versions?
If the aqua and teal floral print weren’t enough, we’re smitten with this tie-front top.
For easy travel, afternoon meetups, and everything in between, you’ll master summer minimalism in this drapey linen dress.
Inspired by vintage nightgowns, this ruffled slip can take you straight from a catnap to cocktail hour.
BRB—this easy-breezy linen dress has us booking a getaway to Santorini.
This mini is unquestionably one of the most stylish ways to show your summer stripes.
Found: The sleekest summer slip for repeat wear.
This linen shirt dress is a summer hero piece, whether styled open as a coverup or buttoned with heels. Actually, why choose? Try both ways.
You never knew a linen slip dress could be so effortlessly put-together, did you?
This boat-neck midi screams summer sophistication, with an effortless feel to boot.