13 Linen Dresses To Help You Conquer Soaring Temperatures

Summer days have been getting hotter and hotter, and what can a person to do to cope other than dress more comfortably and drink loads of fluids? Isn’t there any simple modern women’s clothing that can solve the double problem of heat and sustainable sourcing? Well, you could spend your days naked, but the alternative to going out naked is to wear clothing that irritates our skin the least. Which is where linen dresses come in. 

 

Why Linen Helps During Hot Days

Linen is from a plant, just like cotton is, and is therefore vegan (heh!). But linen, derived from flax, is perfect for higher temperatures, because it dries faster than cotton, is highly absorbent and a good conductor of heat. As the summer weather becomes increasingly humid in many parts of the world, these are not minor details. 

Linen is soft, breathable fabric, and can keep you cool and fresh in muggy, oppressive heat. It helps cool your body down without the need for energy-intensive air conditioners. Of course, needing air conditioning also depends on where you are, and what the temperature exactly is, but for the most part, linen is pretty much the most comfortable fabric you can wear in hotter temperatures.

Also, linen looks awesome even when it’s crumpled. So, advantage #2? You don’t need to iron your linen clothing! Why spend all that time adding extra heat to an already hot day? Just wear the freshly washed, wrinkled linen dress, and feel as comfortable as you could possibly be. Also, btw, linen gets softer and easier to handle the more it’s washed, so expect to grow more and more in love with your linen outfit as time passes!

And advantage #3? Though it is labor-intensive to manufacture – and therefore can be quite expensive – linen can last for a very long time and also retain its appearance pretty well throughout. So, buying pre-loved linen clothing (and bedding) in thrift stores is a great option! Check out if there are linen summer dresses on sale at your nearest thrift stores.:)



How Sustainable is Linen?

The main things that concern me while considering linen is whether it’s been produced in an organic and ethical manner. Is the linen dress sustainable? Let’s find out. 

Flax crops are very versatile, and are cultivated all over the world. The best quality linen are thought to be found in Western Europe (in Belgium, France and Holland). The plant  is an annual crop, and takes about a hundred days from sowing to harvesting. 

The awesome thing is that every part of the flax plant can be (and has been) used to create something new, i.e. nothing is wasted. Byproducts of flax crops include linseed oil (which I know from my oil painting days) and , of course, flax seeds (which I know from my seed-cycling days LOL). Flax plants are resilient, require little maintenance, and can grow in poor soil, consuming far less water than cotton. According to the UN FAO, flax uses 13 times less pesticides than potatoes (which we all eat). 

Once completed, linen fabric is biodegradable, and when used untreated (without dyes), it is non toxic as heck. If you see white linen, know that it’s been bleached heavily. Since linen is naturally the color of oatmeal, known as ‘linen gray,’ any other color you see has probably been dyed. So, make sure you ask what sort of dyes have been used.

Basically, linen is among the more sustainable plants you can find. And buying quality linen outfits, and using and maintaining them well for years and years, is another way to sustainably use linen for the benefit of the environment.



 

Gorgeous Linen Dresses That You Should Check Out

Here are some chic linen dresses for summer that will make you look good and feel great:

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1. Nich Store | Ukraine

Let’s start with my personal favorite: this wrap dress that’s handmade out of pure linen. Stunning color, too!

Let’s start with my personal favorite: this wrap dress that’s handmade out of pure linen. Stunning color, too! #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

2. Kyta | Lithuania

Rhetorical question: Who can say no to a pleated summer dress in mustard yellow? 

Rhetorical question: Who can say no to a pleated summer dress in mustard yellow? #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

3. Morning Home | Ukraine

This retro / vintage inspired brick-red pinafore dress has a cross-back behind. And large pockets in the front, too.

This retro / vintage inspired brick-red pinafore dress has a cross-back behind. And large pockets in the front, too. #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

4. Conscious Clothing | USA

A short smock in mustard yellow – artistic and practical.

A short smock in mustard yellow - artistic and practical. #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

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5. Reformation | USA

What a gorgeous wine red dress! <3 Perfect for summer dates?

What a gorgeous wine red dress <3 Perfect for summer dates? #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

6. Linenfox

This watermelon-color dress has a V-neck at the back, and is basically esthetically perfect.

This watermelon color dress has a V-neck at the back, and is basically esthetically perfect. #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

7. not PERFECT LINEN | Lithuania

Is this dress lime green? It’s listed as ‘greenish mustard.’ The color is so pleasing to the eye, especially for sunny summer days with bright blue skies.

Is this lime green? It’s so pleasing to the eye, especially when you’re out and about on a sunny day. #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

8. Land Mane Fashion | Latvia

This stunning sea blue linen dress with pockets is definitely on my wishlist.

This stunning sea blue linen dress with pockets is definitely on my wishlist. #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

9. YLI Style | China

This lovely grey linen tunic is an unusual summer color for sure, but it’s so pretty…

This lovely grey linen tunic is an unusual summer color for sure, but it’s so pretty… #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

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10. Osonian | Hong Kong

This ethnic Hanfu high-waisted dress goes all the way up to the ankle, and is so stunningly patterned. 

This ethnic Hanfu dress goes all the way up to the ankle, and is so stunningly patterned. #linen #summer #dress

 

11. Everlane | USA

Black dress in the summer?! But what if it’s sleeveless and made with linen?

Black, sleeveless linen dress for the summer! #linen #summer #handmade #organic

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12. Off On Clothing | Lithuania

This handmade black and white striped dress with short folded sleeves is ideal for a picnic in the summer heat.

Summer linen dress! This handmade black and white striped dress with short folded sleeves is ideal for a picnic in the summer heat. #linen #summer #handmade #organic

 

13. Magic Linen | Lithuania

The color-blocking in this dress is rad!

 Linen dress with colour blocking in white and gray. Perfect linen dress for the summer! It's loose-fitting, and plus size. #linen #summer



Do you get linen dresses on Amazon? Well, of course. 

Note: All images are courtesy of the respective brands.

 

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Sustainable linen dresses are gonna save us when summer arrives! #linen #summer #handmade #organic

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