Ahead, our complete guide to summer dresses, plus how to wear them, plain and simple or spiffed-up and fancy. It used to be that when it came to summer dressing, linen got a bit of a bad rap: Not only was it relatively expensive, but the fabric tended to crease and wrinkle easily, leaving one looking frumpy and un-put-together. Not so today, when linen is often blended with other fabrics like cotton, rayon or polyester, making the weave softer, more durable, and more rumple-resistant. The cuts and silhouettes of linen clothes have also gotten smarter. Rather than working against the natural texture of linen, billowy dresses, swingy pants and drapey tops work with the fabric for a low-key, lived-in look
Linen is made from flax fibers, which are longer than traditional cotton ones. The longer fibers lead to a looser weave, which both breathes more readily and dries more quickly. Translation? Linen clothes are some of the coolest you can wear in the summer months. Here are all the linen pieces to add to your closet this summer, plus tips on how to effortlessly mix-and-match.