Found: 12 best linen dresses for enjoying warmer weather in 2024

Surely, nothing is more unstoppable in the summer than your best linen dresses.

Think about it: they’re just as breathable as your finest pair of linen pants, look great with your favorite denim jacket and nude heels and, when dressed up, can be the lovechild of the tried-and-true cocktail dress and midi dress.

Let’s re-hash the obvious, too. When it’s sweltering and sticky outside, you don’t want to toss anything on but something that (1) feels like a second skin and (2) is flowy to the max.

Oh, and since Amazon Prime Day 2024 is coming up — July 16 to 17, in case you missed it — you’ll want to chase these early deals, especially as summertime is halfway over. Sad, we know.

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Not to mention, whether you’re looking for a toss-on outfit to double as your work dress for your 9-to-5 or a cut-out dress for boozy evenings, one of our favorite linen dresses is sure to be your go-to. We recommend Amazon highly for linen dresses, too.

Ahead, find the best linen dresses we rounded up to style with your most comfortable heels (or sandals!). From fun floral prints to ones that almost resemble T-shirt dresses, you won’t even think about the slight wrinkling that’s characteristic of this material (pro tip: buy a steamer).


  • The Drop Nala Twist-Front Linen Mini Dress
    Amazon

    Pros:

    • Hails from an exceptional Amazon private brand
    • Budget-friendly and fun
    • Offered in a variety of colors

    Cons:

    • Some reviewers deem it too plain

    The Drop is one of our favorite Amazon private brands and, naturally, we love its Nala Twist-Front Linen Mini Dress. Available in this mango color along with black, dark purple and hot pink, we’re predicting it’ll be the dress of the summer.

    With a regular fit, it’s neither too loose or too clingy. Above all else, we love the subtly puffed sleeves and drapey linen fabric that’ll look fabulous with The Drop’s Listilla Espadrille Wedge Sandal ($45).

    It’s a modest length, is cinched at the bust (so it’ll be *especially* flattering when you opt for a push-up bra) and is available in petite and plus sizes alike, from XXS to 5X.


  • Reformation Balia Linen Dress
    Reformation

    Pros:

    • Feminine-inspired print
    • Flattering corset-style upper
    • Modest hem

    Cons:

    • Price point may be unreachable for some

    Leave it to Reformation to make the most top-quality, sought-after and feminine-fledging dresses. Its Balia Linen Dress is no exception, from its corset-style top to the unbeatable floral pattern. It’s giving stylish tea party, and we’re totally here for it.

    Uniquely, that corset-style design makes this style stand out from the rest. Intended to be fitted at the bodice with a flared skirt, it’s the feel-good style you’ll want to saunter all summer. What’s more, it’s available in black, white and blue-and-white pinstripe.

    The dress features back smocking, adjustable straps a scoop neckline and — drumroll please — pockets. It’s everything, and wonderfully worth the splurge.

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  • Banana Republic Lina Linen Mini Dress
    Banana Republic

    Pros:

    • Skews professional, making it a great option for work
    • Available in two flattering colors
    • Thought to be breathable

    Banana Republic has some of the greatest linen dresses, namely ones that can transition from work to play. Its Lina Linen Mini Dress is the ideal balance of fitted and relaxed, the in-between wear that you’ll want to slip on just about every day. The V-neckline is traditional and gives it more style, while its humidity-wicking fabric is one you’ll want to take full advantage of.

    With an empire waist and a subtle A-line skirt, the style is so well-loved that it also comes in a warm clay brown color to honor more of a neutral look. It also features side seam pockets because let’s face it — who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? Nobody.


  • Old Navy Fit & Flare Linen-Blend Midi Dress
    Old Navy

    Pros:

    • Affordable
    • Can be dressed up or down
    • Timeless striped print

    Budget-friendly and the quintessential midi dress is the Old Navy Fit & Flare Linen-Blend Midi Dress. Everything from its modest upper to its flow at the bottom makes it one we have our eyes on. Oh, and the thicker spaghetti straps and ability to be layered with a denim jacket? Unmatched.

    Available from XS to 4X, it suits a variety of frames and body types. It’s perfect for an alfresco dinner at the beach and for a hot summertime commute to the office alike. Enough said, it’s time to buy.

    • Petal & Pup Odette Midi Dress


      Petal & Pup Odette Midi Dress
      Petal & Pup

      Pros:

      • A Post Wanted favorite
      • Girly and chic
      • Fair price point

      Cons:

      • Only available in one pattern

      One of our favorite linen dresses that may or may not be in our closets is the Petal & Pup Odette Midi Dress. If. you love neutrals like we do, this flattering summertime dress with the sweetest bow-tie detailing is yours for the taking.

      Comprised of 80% linen, this style has horizontal, vertical and diagonal striping that make it a bit more detailed than the typical dress. It’s incredibly high quality and looks great with just about any shoes or heels you pair it with.


  • Abercrombie High-Neck Linen-Blend Maxi Dress
    Abercrombie

    Pros:

    • Fair price point
    • Great vacation dress
    • Modest, yet flattering

    Cons:

    • Is prone to wrinkling more than some other styles on this list

    Ladies and gentlemen, Abercrombie is making a comeback. Or should we say, has been making a comeback. A top-rated style that we anticipate will be sold out right before summer begins is the High-Neck Linen-Blend Maxi Dress.

    Its fitted waist and tank top-style upper makes it flattering at your neck and décolleté area, while its subtle slit is supremely luxurious, an ode to traditional, decades-lasting American style.

    The dress is available from XXS to XL; it’s especially fitting (ha!) for petite women though doesn’t boast size inclusivity with larger sizes. However, Abercrombie is known for offering petite, regular and tall sizes to keep length in mind. This style is also available in a lovely black floral print.

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  • Eileen Fisher Washed Organic Linen Délavé Shirtdress
    Eileen Fisher

    Pros:

    • Comfortable
    • Available in a generous size range
    • Excellent color for spring and summertime months

    Cons:

    • Price point may be unreachable for some
    • Only available in one color

    Shopping for a plus size dress may be a difficult feat, but it doesn’t have to be. All you have to do is invest in the Eileen Fisher Washed Organic Linen Délavé Shirtdress, the option that hits right at the knee, is offered in a refreshing hue and doesn’t leave you too loos-y goos-y.

    This style has a preppy collar, loose button detailing and comes a bit more fitted near the hips so you’re not a walking cardboard box like you fear you may be. It’s available from XXS to 3X and is set to be one of your most comfortable styles yet.


  • SIR. Iris Tie Mini Dress
    SIR.

    Pros:

    • Flattering square neckline
    • Versatile summer dress
    • Available in more than one color

    Cons:

    • Price point may be unreachable for some

    Hands down, SIR. is a tried-and-true favorite of Kendall Cornish, our commerce writer/reporter.

    “SIR. knows how to do relaxed styles that somehow remain polished and chic,” she shared. “Its treatment of linen is borderline perfect — hearty, easy to clean and not easy to wrinkle. I trust SIR to get me through spring and summer in style.”

    Available from US 2 to 10, it has an irresistibly soft feel like most of the brand’s fabrics, topped with a versatile fit that’ll add a layer of relaxation and femininity to your wardrobe.


  • Quince 100% European Linen Shirt Dress
    Quince

    Pros:

    • Excellent value for the price
    • Can be dressed up or down
    • Incredible material

    Cons:

    • May be too boxy of a fit for some

    Nobody rocks a linen shirt dress quite like Quince. Its signature 100% European Linen Shirt Dress is difficult to top and at a reasonable price point that’ll have you feeling easy breezy all day long.

    It’s available in sand, blue pinstripe and black, offered from XS to XL. It should, without a shadow of a doubt, be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. Paired with your favorite belt, you’ll love the ability to make it more structured or loose. Oh, and we can’t forget about the two pockets at the waist. #Score.


  • Lulus Feel the Sunshine Tassel Mini Dress
    Lulus

    Pros:

    • Adorable design
    • Universally flattering
    • Three colorways
    • Seven size options

    Cons:

    • Runs short
    • Does not stretch

    In the mood for some fun? The style of the Lulus Feel the Sunshine Tassel Mini Dress alone is enough to have us frolicking to our online shopping carts and readying our credit cards for this sultry summertime purchase.

    ‘I bought this dress last summer to wear on vacation, and it did not disappoint,’ Meaghan Roche, senior SEO commerce manager, said. “I will admit, I’m a sucker for this a-line style wide strap dress, but the tassels really make this stand out. And despite this dress fitting like a glove, the linen-blend allows it to breathe nicely on hot summer days (or nights).”

    Like some other clothing from Lulus, this dress can run a bit short on taller women, but otherwise the sizing is pretty spot on. “This dress is a great summer alternate to a little black dress as it’s sexy and simple but the three color options will make you stand out with a sun-kissed glow,” Roche added.


  • Ann Taylor Linen Blend Belted Split Neck Shift Dress
    Ann Taylor

    Cons:

    • Only available in one color

    Shift dresses are still around for a reason: they’re effortless, chic and come in a variety of lengths, each with unique details. The Ann Taylor Linen Blend Belted Split Neck Shift Dress is our top pick, the ultimate LBD (that’s little black dress for short) that’ll serve you well for work or weekends alike.

    Ann Taylor is one of our favorite clothing brands because of its top-of-the-line quality. We love the flare, subtle V-neck detailing and relaxed sleeves. It’ll have you feeling good 24/7 and is available from XXS to XXL. In short, it’s perfect for every season, thanks to its style and all-black color.


Abercrombie Linen-Blend T-Shirt Dress
Abercrombie

Pros:

  • Linen-blend allows for less wrinkling
  • Three colorways
  • Seven size options, plus lengths ranging from petite to tall

Cons:

  • Unlike many Abercrombie dresses, this one doesn’t have pockets

“In the summer, I love to wear dresses all the time — not just for special occasions — since they’re so easy and comfortable,” Roche said. “I love the casual style of this linen dress to wear to work, run errands or even dress up for a night out.”

The breezy t-shirt fit makes this look so effortless, but the keyhole back helps it look more sophisticated. Abercrombie’s linen blends are amazing because they feel so high quality, but the blend allows for fewer wrinkles than you’re used to with 100% linen, according to Roche. “The fit is true-to-size and sure to earn compliments,” she added.


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