20 Linen Dresses to Upgrade Your Summer Assortment

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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.

Míe Merida Dress
Míe Merida Dress $275

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.

Ivy City Co. Mindy Dress
Ivy City Co Mindy Dress $158

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.

Reformation Dolci Linen Dress
Reformation Dolci Linen Dress $248

You’ll most certainly be living la dolce vita in this fruit print dress, featuring a pretty bustier neckline and defined waist.

Muns Palmira Dress
Muns Palmira Dress $268

This dazzling blue mini shines in its simplicity, featuring bow-tie straps, a fitted but breathable bodice, and an easy fit-and-flare skirt.

Kinga Csilla Delilah Dress
Kinga Csilla Delilah Dress $260

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.

Madewell Linen-Blend Lucie Smocked Midi Dress
Madewell Linen-Blend Lucie Smocked Midi Dress $118

This mint-green smocked dress (available in standard and plus sizes) will keep you feeling cool and refreshed in blazing weather.

Joie Farida Linen Midi Dress
Joie Farida Linen Midi Dress $398

Inspired by vintage kaftans, this white linen midi is a vacation must.

Sleeper Belle Linen Dress
Sleeper Belle Linen Dress $280

You’ll be the belle of summer in this navy number, featuring a smocked waist and puff sleeves.

Marimekko Herkku Pieni Tori Dress
Marimekko Herkku Pieni Tori Dress $395

A fruity motif instantly takes the stuffiness out of a shirtdress.

Rebecca Taylor Belted Long Dress
Rebecca Taylor Belted Long Dress $345

Whether cinched or worn loose, we love the romantic feel of this pale pink maxi with a dropped waist.

Pitusa Ruffle Maxi Dress
Pitusa Ruffle Maxi Dress $84

Say hello to the ultimate vacation maxi—if orange isn’t your hue, how about the turquoise or fuchsia versions?

Rails Serafina Azure Wallflower
Rails Serafina Dress $188

If the aqua and teal floral print weren’t enough, we’re smitten with this tie-front top.

Toit Volant Farmer's Market Dress
Toit Volant Farmer's Market Dress $237

For easy travel, afternoon meetups, and everything in between, you’ll master summer minimalism in this drapey linen dress.

Dora Larsen Emelie Ruffle Slip
Dora Larsen Emelie Ruffle Slip $265

Inspired by vintage nightgowns, this ruffled slip can take you straight from a catnap to cocktail hour.

Norte Fenales Dress
Norte Fenales Dress $297

BRB—this easy-breezy linen dress has us booking a getaway to Santorini.

Et Tigre Evelyn Dress
Et Tigre Evelyn Dress $180

This mini is unquestionably one of the most stylish ways to show your summer stripes.

Frame Lace Back Halter Dress
Frame Lace Back Halter Dress $428

Found: The sleekest summer slip for repeat wear.

Universal Standard Dune Linen Shirt Dress
Universal Standard Dune Linen Shirt Dress $118

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.

KES Linen Slip Dress
KES Linen Slip Dress $285

You never knew a linen slip dress could be so effortlessly put-together, did you?

Devlyn van Loon Tie Back Dress
Devlyn van Loon Tie Back Dress $210

This boat-neck midi screams summer sophistication, with an effortless feel to boot.

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