How to Choose a Summer Linen Dress

For the ultimate summer wardrobe staple you can’t go wrong with a simple linen dress. Not only will it help keep you cool, thanks to linen’s natural temperature-regulating properties, it’s a versatile piece that works anywhere from the office to your vacation. Because linen has inherent crinkles it’s great to take away on holiday because there’s no need to iron – simply unpack, give it a shake out and hang to air. Linen is also a perfect choice for those of us discovering slow fashion and tying to shop more sustainably as it’s biodegradable, long-lasting and uses fewer resources in the production process.

So, have we convinced you? If, like us, you think a linen dress might just be the summer wardrobe addition you need right now, here’s how to choose the perfect style.

A beautifully cut shift dress

linen shift dress

For a laid-back, comfortable dress that you can throw on with a pair of pumps for the school run or at the beach, a simple shift style is a good choice. In cooler weather you can pair it with leggings or long-sleeved tees, and slip it over a swimsuit or bikini for pool-side lounging.

A flattering maxi dress

linen maxi dress summer - LinenMe

If you want a bit more coverage but still feel the heat, a linen maxi dress will be your summer best friend. With a drapey silhouette and soft flowy lines, this dress is flattering and easy to wear whilst still retaining shape and form. The half sleeves cover upper arms but still feel summery, and there are small side slits for free movement. This is a lovely way to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe without committing to bold patterns that might feel dated next year. A timeless classic, this dress will earn its place in your heart.

A versatile shirt dress

linen shirt dress - LinenMe

We’ve raved before about why we love linen shirt dresses, so to summarise: they are just downright brilliant. Wear them for work or evenings out dressed up with jewellery and a slouchy jacket. Roll them up in an overnight bag for trips away, and pair with tights when the weather cools. A total wardrobe saviour.

A cute midi dress

linen midi dress summer - LinenMe

A linen midi dress is a great compromise if you’re not keen on shorter styles but still want to bare your legs. The key is to find something that is fluid but well cut, so it doesn’t swamp you yet is still comfortable to wear. Think knee-skimming, possibly with an asymmetrical hem, and a more fitted top half. Team with a lightweight long cardigan for chilly evenings and a pair of sporty pumps or Converse for a playful look.

What’s your favourite shape linen dress for summer? Let us know how you style yours so we can share the inspiration. Post a pic on Instagram and tag #linenme so we can see how you’re rocking your linen frocks!

For more on linen clothes for summer go here and here.


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