Few materials are as synonymous with warm weather as linen. Tunic dresses and maxi dresses make for stylish summer options, but if they aren’t enhanced by the allure and temp-regulating appeal of linen, what’s even the point?
Linen’s durable, lightweight feel can be credited to the flax plant, whose fibers are blow-in-the-wind soft, quick-drying, and weather-proof. It’s no wonder shoppers love stocking up on the best linen dresses this time of year—it keeps the body cool and is as comfortable as a knit dress in early fall.
Still, if there's one thing we all need to stay aware of while shopping for high-quality linen clothing, it’s how to carefully care for the fabric. While linen is known for its easy, everyday appeal, it is also prone to wrinkling, which means keeping a steamer or iron nearby will ensure that go-to summer linen dress is always ready for its close-up. Linen fabric also maintains its shape and color best when washed on a gentle cycle with warm water, though reading the tag is always recommended, in case there’s alternative guidance.
How We Found The Best Linen Dresses
The linen dresses in this Top 10 list are what summer fashion dreams are made of. Besides the obvious—gorgeous, breathable linen—they also suit a variety of silhouettes, budgets, and occasions. In addition to analyzing reviews, Rank & Style’s proprietary algorithm discovered and scored each dress by looking at other data, such as social media buzz, editor recommendations, and best-seller lists. Scroll down and slip into a future summer staple.
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Universal Thread Sleeveless Linen Tie-Front Dress
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: All day, everyday, this affordable dress can do it all. It's a versatile piece great for dressing up or down and layering—just in case you get cold running errands or need to attend a last minute dinner date.
HELPFUL TIP: Reviewers recommend sizing down or adding a belt to this look.
J.Crew Relaxed-Fit Linen Shirtdress
WHO IT'S FOR: Here, laidback is the name of the game. However you choose to wear it, unbuttoned over a top and jeans, as a swim cover-up, or simply on its own, this dress rolls with the punches, just like you on a sunny afternoon.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Reviewers say this dress runs large, so consider sizing down for a less oversized fit.
Banana Republic Heritage Linen Dress
USER REVIEW: "Love and love. I ordered these dresses in both black and white in tall. So lovely. The fabric and style are classics. I highly recommend this dress. Ultra versatile for spring, summer, fall, and, depending on where you live, even winter. Two thumbs way up."
STYLE WITH: You can never go wrong with some strappy sandals and gold jewelry, both of which would look great with this dress.
100% European Linen Button Front Dress
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Made with 100% organic linen, this short sleeve dress is equal parts breezy and polished. Plus, it comes with practical details like functional pockets and an adjustable belt for the perfect fit.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: The linen material is certified by OEKO-TEX Standard 100. This certification ensures there are no hazardous substances present.
Universal Standard Dune Linen Shirt Dress
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: For this dress, it's all in the details. The hi-low hem and side-slit detailing only adds to the obvious fun of the adjustable buttons and convenient pockets. Also, it's one of the longer options on the list—perfect for when you want coverage and breathability.
STYLE WITH: Add some crisp white sneakers for a cool and casual look that pairs well with the oversized fit.
Old Navy Fit & Flare Tie-Front Smocked Linen-Blend Mini Cami Dress
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Old Navy is great at casual dresses, and this affordable option does not disappoint. With adjustable straps and a keyhole you can re-tie, this dress is something shoppers can personalize to their needs. Plus, its fit-and-flare shape highlights every figure.
ABOUT THE BRAND: Old Navy is size inclusive, and this dress goes up to 4X.
Reformation Desiree Linen Dress
WHO IT'S FOR: This number screams event. Whether you wear it to a summer wedding, date night, or brunch with your best friends, the cute floral pattern brings out the hopeless romantic in shoppers everywhere. The tie straps and fitted bodice just add to the appeal.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: The skirt is unlined, so be sure to keep that in mind when choosing what goes underneath.
Everlane The Linen Workwear Dress
WHO IT'S FOR: This linen shirt dress will keep you cool while looking chill. With its button front, big pockets, and oversized fit, this option is great for days on the go—just toss it on and head straight out.
HELPFUL TIP: Not only are the buttons cute, but they're also functional. Leave a few open to show a hint of skin or keep them closed and emphasize the classic notched collar.
The Somerset Maxi Dress Linen Edition
USER REVIEW: “Whether you are going to brunch, a bridal/baby shower, or date night, this is the best and most versatile event dress you could have in your closet. I own the blue and white chinoiserie print plus the lilac linen, and they both fit the same and true to size. Currently the black one is sitting in my cart too!”
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: This dress comes in a whopping nine different colors, ranging from lilac and coral to seafoam green.
J.Crew Button-Back Linen Shift Dress
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: The A-line silhouette of this classic shift creates a flattering look that's perfect for any occasion. As lightweight as it is fun (thanks to the cute touch of buttons down the back), this dress has summer staple written all over it. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets?
STYLE WITH: Pair it with some espadrilles and a straw bag for a ‘fit that can be dressed up or down.