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12 of the best Broderie Anglaise dresses to add to your summer wardrobe

This British summer staple is perfect for the warmer temperatures

Broderie Anglaise is a traditional technique which is believed to have originated in Czech Republic and was brought to  England at the turn of the 19th century.

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The style of fabric has been in fashion in Blighty ever since, with women of the era wholeheartedly embracing the needlework fabric which incorporates features of embroidery, cutwork and needle lace - so much so that now the textile is associated with England.

It is characterized by holes, called eyelets, which are cut out of the fabric, then bound with overcast or buttonhole stitches and made into patterns on the garment.

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Here are our favourite beautiful broderie anglaise dresses to keep you looking chic all summer:

Dôen - best for a romantic silhouette 

Dôen's 'Lupine' dress is made from Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton-poplin that's grown without pesticides and free from harmful chemicals. It cinches in at the waist and is traced with pretty broderie anglaise along the ruffled neck, puffed sleeves and tiered maxi hem. Wear yours with strappy sandals.

Dôen Lupine broderie anglaise-trimmed cotton-poplin dress, £266.37, Net-A-Porter


Michael Kors - best for mini length 

Michael Kors' mini dress is made from broderie anglaise cotton depicting tropical palm motifs. It's designed with scalloping along the V-neckline and hem and nips in flatteringly at the waist before falling to a softly pleated skirt. Wear yours with lace-up sandals.

 Michael Kors Broderie anglaise cotton mini dress £265, Net-A-Porter


Self-Portrait - best for versatility 

Elegant enough for a formal occasion but sultry enough for date night, this dress does it all. The tiered skirt and fitted soft-cup bodice of Self-Portrait's white midi dress is a signature silhouette, shaped from broderie-anglaise cotton.

Self-Portrait Tiered broderie-anglaise cotton midi dress £360, Matches Fashion


Veronica Beard - best for maxi length 

Veronica Beard's 'Alondra' dress is made from lightweight cotton with beautiful broderie anglaise detailing throughout. It's designed with pintucks through the bodice and nips in at the waist before falling to a floaty, tiered hem. Style yours with strappy sandals and a straw tote.

Veronica Beard Alondra tiered broderie anglaise maxi dress, £448, Net-A-Porter


See by Chloé - best for a 1960s shift 

This stretch cotton blend, courtesy of See by Chloé, in a relaxed shift shape is the perfect piece to fling in a suitcase. Pop it over a bikini as you head down to the pool, and style with a wide-brimmed black hat to channel a vintage look.

See by Chloé shift dress, £536, Farfetch


Nicholas - best for the milkmaid look

This bow-detailed piece by Nicholas has beautiful puff sleeves and a classic V-neck line. Style it with padded sandals and a crossbody straw bag for maximum impact.

Danni bow-detailed broderie anglaise cotton mini dress, £314, The Outnet


Rianna + Nina - best for a flattering scoop neck 

This beautiful cotton midi has soft balloon sleeves and gathered pleats so that you can live out your romantic holiday fantasy. We think it would look amazing with loose tousled waves and tan suede cowboy boots.

Rianna + Nina Kendima midi dress, £1,868, Matches Fashion


Honorine - best for a trip to the beach 

Honorine's 100% cotton 'Cara' dress is light, airy and perfect for slipping on over a bikini. The soft neckline and subtly puffed sleeves have a rounded air, both tying in perfectly with the pretty scalloped hem.

Honorine Cara scalloped cotton mini dress, £248, Net-A-Porter


Zimmermann - best for sustainable style

This Zimmermann broderie anglaise dress doesn't just offer a floaty, ethereal frame - it's also sustainable, crafted from upcycled panels of archival lace, broderie anglaise and embroidered cotton-voile. Match it with wedges or gold jewellery to compliment its champagne undertones.

Zimmermann + NET SUSTAIN broderie anglaise dress, £1,250, Net-A-Porter


HUGO - best for a contemporary feel

While broderie anglaise usually creates a romantic, traditional feel, HUGO Womenswear's take on this classic style is a more modern affair, with an inner slip dress and elasticated cuffs. Pair this with platform trainers and a cap for an effortless, elegant feel.

HUGO broderie anglaise dress in organic cotton, £129, HUGO BOSS


Chloé - best for a Victorian-style neckline

The neckline of this dress might hark back to the Victorian age, but that doesn't mean it's uptight or restrictive. This light, airy linen dress strikes a brilliant balance between no-nonsense and hopeless romantic, and would look great paired with black knee-high boots.

Chloé belted ruffled broderie anglaise dress, £2,270, Net-A-Porter


Cos - best for a city break

In typical Cos style, this take on the broderie anglaise dress opts for a oversized cut rather than closely-fitted fabric, and so would be perfect for exploring new cities in the summer heat.

Oversized tiered broderie anglaise dress, £99, Cos


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