As summer approaches and the days become hot and humid, it’s time to start casting the jeans and sweaters aside in favor of some warmer weather essentials. This summer, instead of stocking up on more basic tanks and shorts, consider a new wardrobe staple: linen dresses. As moms, we tend to dress for ease and comfort. But did you know that what we wear actually affects the way we feel? In fact, dressing up has the ability to improve our mood and boost our overall confidence.

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Why Linen Dresses?

Linen dresses are a practical yet stylish alternative to your favorite shorts and t-shirt. And here’s why. Linen is light and breathable with a high absorbency rate, making it one of the best fabrics to keep you cool in the summer heat. Linen clothes are lightweight and fast-drying, so they are great for traveling. Linen is also extremely durable, so it holds up well over time. And, unlike cotton, which tends to lose its shape after repeated washing, linen actually gets better with every wash. In fact, linen is one of those fabrics that looks even better when it appears a little bit “lived in” (great news for moms!)

Comfortable yet casually elegant; linen dresses can truly be worn anywhere, whether it be running to the grocery store, heading to the beach, or spending the night on the town. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite linen dresses, at a variety of price points, guaranteed to keep you cool this summer.

The Linen Midi Dress

The midi dress has a hemline that ends halfway between the knee and the ankle. Linen midi dresses are great for summer, but they can also be worn throughout the rest of the year due to their versatile length. For summer, look for a linen midi dress in a pretty pattern or in a solid colour with an interesting neckline.

The Linen Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is essentially just how it sounds: a shirt that’s been extended to make a dress. A linen shirt dress is an extremely versatile piece; it can be dressed up or down and worn on its own or over leggings or jeans. Pair it with sandals for running some casual errands or with heels for a night out with friends.

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The Linen Shift Dress

The shift dress traditionally hangs straight from the shoulders, and may or may not have darts around the bust. Pair it with sandals or flats for a lazy weekend brunch, or with a blazer and a statement necklace for a day at the office.

The Linen Maxi Dress

The maxi dress is a floor or ankle-length dress. A linen maxi dress is another highly versatile piece; wear it for a day at the beach or for a more formal evening event. Linen maxi dresses come in a variety of colours and necklines.

The Linen Mini Dress

Yes, you read that right. Mini dresses are back in full-swing. And linen mini dresses are a perfectly stylish option for summer. Pair the linen mini dress with heels to help elongate your legs, and throw on a jean jacket for those cool summer evenings.

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The Linen Skirt

Linen skirts come in a variety of fits, lengths, colours, and patterns. The options are limitless. Pair the linen skirt with a sophisticated white blouse for a day at the office or with a bodysuit or tight-fitting tank for a night on the town.

The Linen Wrap Dress

The linen wrap dress has a v-shaped neckline formed by wrapping one side across the other. This makes for a universally flattering shape, as it hugs the wearer’s curves in all the right places. Pair it with some jewelry, such as a chunky necklace or some dangly earrings, to make a statement.

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The Linen Jumpsuit

Okay, so this technically isn’t a dress, but the jumpsuit is still in style this season and we’re hoping it’s a trend that lasts for a while. Effortlessly chic yet oh-so-comfortable, the linen jumpsuit is sure to be one of your go-to summer outfits.

And there you have it: a roundup of some of our favorite
linen dresses guaranteed to keep you cool this summer. Linen dresses are light,
breathable, and effortlessly stylish, making them the perfect alternative to
your everyday shorts and t-shirt. And with so many different styles and price
points, linen dresses should be your next warm-weather wardrobe staple.

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Becca lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada with her husband and their three children: a sweet and inquisitive 3-year-old son and adorable (not to mention mischievous) 1-year-old twin daughters. Becca is a part-time school psychologist serving children with learning and/or behavioural challenges. Her other interests and passions include writing, photography, skincare, and beauty. Above all, Becca loves nothing more than spending time with her family; blowing bubbles in the backyard, walking the wooded trails near their home, and enjoying the spray of the salty sea air at the nearest beach. Connect with Becca on her blog, Radiant Gray.