As summer approaches and the days become hot and humid, it’s time to start casting the jeans and sweaters aside in favor of some warmer weather essentials. This summer, instead of stocking up on more basic tanks and shorts, consider a new wardrobe staple: linen dresses. As moms, we tend to dress for ease and comfort. But did you know that what we wear actually affects the way we feel? In fact, dressing up has the ability to improve our mood and boost our overall confidence.
Why Linen Dresses?
Linen dresses are a practical yet stylish alternative to your favorite shorts and t-shirt. And here’s why. Linen is light and breathable with a high absorbency rate, making it one of the best fabrics to keep you cool in the summer heat. Linen clothes are lightweight and fast-drying, so they are great for traveling. Linen is also extremely durable, so it holds up well over time. And, unlike cotton, which tends to lose its shape after repeated washing, linen actually gets better with every wash. In fact, linen is one of those fabrics that looks even better when it appears a little bit “lived in” (great news for moms!)
Comfortable yet casually elegant; linen dresses can truly be worn anywhere, whether it be running to the grocery store, heading to the beach, or spending the night on the town. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite linen dresses, at a variety of price points, guaranteed to keep you cool this summer.
The Linen Midi Dress
The midi dress has a hemline that ends halfway between the knee and the ankle. Linen midi dresses are great for summer, but they can also be worn throughout the rest of the year due to their versatile length. For summer, look for a linen midi dress in a pretty pattern or in a solid colour with an interesting neckline.
The Linen Shirt Dress
The shirt dress is essentially just how it sounds: a shirt that’s been extended to make a dress. A linen shirt dress is an extremely versatile piece; it can be dressed up or down and worn on its own or over leggings or jeans. Pair it with sandals for running some casual errands or with heels for a night out with friends.
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The Linen Shift Dress
The shift dress traditionally hangs straight from the shoulders, and may or may not have darts around the bust. Pair it with sandals or flats for a lazy weekend brunch, or with a blazer and a statement necklace for a day at the office.
- Tommy Bahama Daphne Linen-Blend Shift Dress
- Luxmii Fluted Cuff Linen Shift Dress
- Robyn Linen Sleeveless Shift Dress
The Linen Maxi Dress
The maxi dress is a floor or ankle-length dress. A linen maxi dress is another highly versatile piece; wear it for a day at the beach or for a more formal evening event. Linen maxi dresses come in a variety of colours and necklines.
- Tilsa Linen Maxi Sundress
- Polo Ralph Lauren Eyelet Linen Maxi Dress
- Lucky Brand Smocked Linen-Blend Dress
The Linen Mini Dress
Yes, you read that right. Mini dresses are back in full-swing. And linen mini dresses are a perfectly stylish option for summer. Pair the linen mini dress with heels to help elongate your legs, and throw on a jean jacket for those cool summer evenings.
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The Linen Skirt
Linen skirts come in a variety of fits, lengths, colours, and patterns. The options are limitless. Pair the linen skirt with a sophisticated white blouse for a day at the office or with a bodysuit or tight-fitting tank for a night on the town.
- Reformation Highland Button-Front Midi Skirt
- Caslon Paperbag Waist Linen-Blend Skirt
- J.O.A. Side Button Cotton and Linen Skirt
The Linen Wrap Dress
The linen wrap dress has a v-shaped neckline formed by wrapping one side across the other. This makes for a universally flattering shape, as it hugs the wearer’s curves in all the right places. Pair it with some jewelry, such as a chunky necklace or some dangly earrings, to make a statement.
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The Linen Jumpsuit
Okay, so this technically isn’t a dress, but the jumpsuit is still in style this season and we’re hoping it’s a trend that lasts for a while. Effortlessly chic yet oh-so-comfortable, the linen jumpsuit is sure to be one of your go-to summer outfits.
And there you have it: a roundup of some of our favorite linen dresses guaranteed to keep you cool this summer. Linen dresses are light, breathable, and effortlessly stylish, making them the perfect alternative to your everyday shorts and t-shirt. And with so many different styles and price points, linen dresses should be your next warm-weather wardrobe staple.
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