Art of Style

The Best Linen Dresses To Wear Now

Dress, Three Graces London

Embrace effortless warm-weather styling with one-and-done linen dresses you’ll wear on repeat, says GEORGIE LUCAS


Airy linen is the ultimate summer fabric – there’s something in its natural texture that lends a whimsical sensibility to clothing, making it both inherently elegant and beautifully cool on warm days. This season, designers embraced linen’s relaxed-meets-structured quality by creating slip-on-slip-off styles with effortless appeal – for a vacation closet or easy city days. See ‘Nell’ midi dress: crafted in sunshine-yellow linen, its nipped-in waist and puffed sleeves make it the sort of piece you’ll wear with minimal sandals and an oversized for your sunshine escape, then dressed up with heeled mules and a minaudière for a chic

Designs run the gamut of silhouettes – from baby-pink flared-skirt mini dress, which is available only at NET-A-PORTER, to understated cream linen ‘Marigot’ maxi dress. Part of our NET SUSTAIN edit of more consciously crafted pieces, the latter’s A-line style can be worn loose and flowing, or belted at the waist with the coordinating sash tie. For a pop of print, look to floral green midi, featuring a cutout bodice that plays into focus on back detailing.

Our NET SUSTAIN edit is a great place to look for vacation-ready linen dresses – slip on elegant column style over with salty hair and slides, then amp it up with and sleek sandals for evening. geometric printed maxi has similar appeal: wear it over a for lunch on the beach, then add and a structured tote for an afternoon exploring the nearest town.