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The 10 best broderie anglaise dresses to add to your 2024 summer wardrobe

This chic needlework technique is perfect for the warmer temperatures

Zannick strapless broderie anglaise cotton-blend mini dress
Chloe Gallacher
Fashion Assistant
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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.

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 characterised 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.

How to style broderie anglaise 

Ketevan Giorgadze wears a pink broderie anglaise babydoll © Getty
Ketevan Giorgadze wears a pink broderie anglaise babydoll

The chic needlework technique is something of a summer style classic, and it has even received the royal stamp of approval. The Princess of Wales has worn pieces featuring broderie anglaise on multiple public appearances, adding to the technique's reputation as a signal of feminine polish.  

Broderie anglaise exudes elegance, making it perfect for the races, Wimbledon or any other chic spring/summer occasion. But it's also hugely versatile and can easily be incorporated into a holiday capsule wardrobe in the form of an airy beach coverup or a vibrant mini.

How we chose:

  • Style: Less of a trend and more of a classic, broderie anglaise has a certain timeless quality. Our selections vary in design but they are united by the fact that they have a certain lasting appeal and can be styled in multiple ways.
  • Price: Variety is key, and therefore alongside pieces by some of our favourite designer labels, we've included some stylish picks from the high street if you're looking to save.
  • Quality: Many of our picks are created from airy, durable cotton. The intricacy of the technique means that some picks are dry clean only, to preserve the quality of the garment.

Why you should trust me:

I am Hello! Fashion’s Fashion Assistant, with seven years of experience within the fashion journalism industry. I have a love for fashion and spotting upcoming trends, coveted pieces and scouring online for irresistible new-in finds.

Hello! Fashion shares our favourite broderie anglaise dresses to shop for summer 2024:

  • Blue Broderie Detail Swing Mini Dress

    Blue Broderie Detail Swing Mini Dress

    River Island

    With its detailing around the neckline and sleeves and rope belt addition, this is the perfect addition for your summer holiday wardrobe.

  • Broderie anglaise cotton mini shirt dress

    Broderie Anglaise Cotton Mini Shirt Dress


    This shirt dress iteration adds a modern spin on the classic all-white style that is often associated with a broderie anglaise dress. 

  • Slayae broderie-anglaise cotton dress

    Slayae Broderie-Anglaise Cotton Dress

    Isabel Marant Etoilé

    Pastel yellow is set to be this summer's go-to colour. After adorning the SS24 runways, we anticipate seeing it everywhere, so get ahead of the trend.

  • White Floral Broderie Lennox Midi Dress

    White Floral Broderie Lennox Midi Dress

    Nobody's Child

    With its ditsy floral print, puffed sleeve and A-line skirt, this is the ultimate girly go-to style. Pair it with a white sandal and raffia bag and you're good to go.

  • broderie-anglaise empire-line dress

    Broderie-Anglaise Empire-Line Dress

    Self Portrait

    With a lilac hue and flattering silhouette, this dress ticks every box. This would be perfect for a summer wedding guest outfit.

  • Tina Dress

    Tina Dress


    This playful orange dress has a plunging neckline and frilled sleeves, with a cinched waist for a flattering finish. Pair yours with cream oversized shades and a flatform sandal.

  • Broderie anglaise floral cotton midi dress

    Broderie Anglaise Floral Cotton Midi Dress

    Farm Rio

    Farm Rio hit the nail on this head with this midi dress with an eclectic print, scallop detailing and contrasting panels - it's a must-have.

  • Bettina Midi Dress

    Bettina Midi Dress


    For more of a toned-down take on the trend, opt for this ba&sh number. Pair this navy cut-out midi dress with a simple strappy sandal and straw hat for a summery feel.

  • Zannick strapless broderie anglaise cotton-blend mini dress

    Zannick Strapless Broderie Anglaise Cotton-Blend Mini Dress

    Charo Ruiz

    You can always count on Charo Ruiz to make the perfect summer dress. This strapless mini has figure-defining panels and a scalloped-edge trim for an ultra-femme finish.

  • Caprice Dress

    Caprice Dress


    You can't have a broderie anglaise dress round-up without featuring a white style. We adore the balloon cuffed sleeves of this Sézane style. Pair with tan accessories to finish off your look.

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