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10 stylish linen dresses to pack for a summer getaway

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Alexandra Guerain styles an asymmetric linen dress with layered necklaces
Orin Carlin
Orin CarlinContent Writer
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Now that spring is here, all we can think about is the fact that holiday season is just a stone's throw away. If you're lucky, a quick getaway somewhere warm will be just around the corner. But even if you haven't got plans for a spell abroad, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a UK heatwave. (Can't blame a girl for trying, right?) 

Summer dressing can be a minefield – there are endless factors to consider. This season we're all about loose silhouettes and breathable fabrics to help you keep cool while retaining your sense of style.

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Amelie Stanescu rocks a black linen tunic with tan accessories © Getty
Amelie Stanescu rocks a black linen tunic with tan accessories

In order to cope with the heat, natural fibres are your best friends. Lightweight cottons make for excellent cropped t-shirts and ribbed camis, although when it comes to dresses, we have a particular soft spot for the undeniable summer fabric staple that is linen. 

Derived from the stems of the flax plant, linen was first thought to have been worn in Egypt around 6,000 years ago. Once the seeds are removed, the fibres are separated, spun into yarn and then woven into the fabric that we know and love. 

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Alexandra Guerain styles an asymmetric linen dress with layered necklaces © Getty
Alexandra Guerain styles an asymmetric linen dress with layered necklaces

No summer wardrobe should be without linen this season – its absorbency and breathability are just a couple of reasons why it is so popular in dressing for warmer climes. Not to mention the fact that it is also biodegradable and recyclable, if you're keen to keep an eye on the environmental impact of your holiday wardrobe. 

Hello! Fashion picks our favourite linen dresses to pack for a summer getaway: 

  • Best Linen Dresses

    Mytros linen-voile mini dress

    Mytros linen-voile mini dress

    Bondi Born

    This pale cornflower piece by Sydney-based label Bondi Born is giving pastel chic. Pair with monogram wedge slides for maximum holiday vibes.

  • Linen Wrap Dress

    Linen Wrap Dress

    Arket excels in luxe-feel basics, and this simple striped wrap dress would make for the ideal low-key beach coverup.

  • Wonderland Shell Shift Dress

    Wonderland Shell Shift Dress

    Zimmermann and carefree florals go hand in hand like a dream - this cute, springy shift would pair perfectly with white minimalist sandals. 

  • Linen puff-sleeve printed minidress

    Linen puff-sleeve printed minidress

    Johanna Ortiz

    Master of upbeat prints Joanna Ortiz has smashed it out of the park with this puff-sleeve mini. Team with bronzed skin and a messy topknot for an effortless holiday moment.

  • Ruffle neck midi dress

    Ruffle neck midi dress

    Inject your summer wardrobe with a splash of vibrancy with this playful ruffle number by & Other Stories.

  • Printed linen midi dress

    Printed linen midi dress


    Steeped in retro flair, this elegant midi would work beautifully with tan platform mules and a 1970s hair flip à la Farrah Fawcett.

  • Buttoned linen-blend dress

    Buttoned linen-blend dress

    This simply-cut, tomato red dress by Mango would look great with padded slides and a nonchalant out-of-office attitude.

  • Quinn Linen Midi-Dress

    Quinn Linen Midi-Dress


    With voluminous sleeves and a tasetful V-neckline, this piece by Australian label Alémais is giving elevated boho. Style with baroque pearl earrings for a chic summer soirée.

  • Linen blend draped dress

    Linen blend draped dress

    Serving non-boring neutral, this draped Zara midi features a cool back cut-out for added interest, and feels super versatile.

  • Eli Cutout Linen Halter Maxi Dress

    Eli Cutout Linen Halter Maxi Dress

    Apiece Apart

    This elegant halter maxi by Apiece Apart would work well with classic summer flats (think Hermès' Oran sandals) and a floppy wide-brim hat.

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