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linen dress ideas we love…

May 25, 2018

Linen dress ideas we love

It was whilst devouring last week’s Sunday papers, the day after Harry and Meghan’s wedding, that I decided dresses could be the way forward.

There was a feature in one of the magazine supplements all about this season’s fashion essential ‘the market dress’. A somewhat pretentious way of describing what is essentially a simple button-through dress, mid calf in length and figure skimming (not hugging). More often than not made from linen or a printed cotton floral. Worn with simple sandals or white pumps and accessorised with a basket. I did snort a bit. Particularly at the paragraph which explained that the basket needs to be large enough to hold a baguette, a simple bunch of wild flowers and seasonal gourmet produce bought from the local (probably southern French) market. The snorts were fair comment, I feel, for obvious reasons.

But the feature did get me thinking. As someone who tends to live in jeans, the idea of adding some simple and flattering linen dresses to my wardrobe really appeals. I do love the texture, look and feel of linen and it’s ages since I had a linen dress.

I headed to the From Britain with Love directory to see what some of the makers in our Clothing section are up to. It didn’t take me long to find some really lovely ideas (broadening my search to linen dresses in general). Then I spent more time than I’m prepared to admit on Pinterest looking for more ideas. And, if I’m honest, falling down a rabbit hole. To make myself feel better I decided to put all the ideas I’d found to good use and share with you here. I hope you find something you love. Hope you avoid spending far too long on Pinterest like I did, searching for Nordic cabins or the like…!

I just adore this reversible pinafore dress by Justine Tabak. Worn either with boat or crossover V neckline in a washed and softened Irish linen. The perfect cool summer dress and also would also look great with a t shirt and jumper over on cooler days.

love this black and white check linen pinafore cross back dress by Justine Tabak. Click through for more summer dress ideas you'll lovelove this black and white check linen pinafore cross back dress by Justine Tabak. Click through for more summer dress ideas you'll love

Also love these other dresses by Justine: White Petticoat Lane linen dress;  gingham linen Maida Vale dress and Cotton gingham Primrose Hill dress.  The last one not linen, I know, but I didn’t want to miss it out as I love the soft tiers, ruffled hems and the soft bow at the waist.

love this white linen petticoat lane dress by Justine Tabak. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll lovelove this blue gingham linen dress by Justine Tabak. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll lovelove this blue gingham summer dress by Justine Tabak. Click through for more summer dress ideas you'll lovelove this grey apron style linen skirt with frill by Justine Tabak. Click through for linen dress ideas you'll lovelove this grey apron style linen skirt with frill by Justine Tabak. Click through for linen dress ideas you'll love

I know this dark linen beauty is a skirt rather than a dress, but I had to include it. I love the frivolous touch given to what is a practical, apron-inspired skirt made from washed Irish linen. Love.

If you’re of a handy persuasion and fancy making your own linen dress, you can’t go wrong with Merchant and Mills patterns. Really like this The Factory dress.

really love this linen The Factory dress by Merchant and Mills in dark blue linen. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

I couldn’t talk about linen of any kind without mentioning Teresa Green. I have loved her designs for years and am very excited to discover that she makes the perfect simple linen slip dress. Perfect for wearing over a simple top (or stripes like shown). Love the bright red clogs…

love this simple slip dress in grey linen by Teresa Green. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

What I love about this scarlet red linen shift dress by Plumo is the relaxed simple A line shape and notched scoop neck. Oh and also the amazing true scarlet colour. Bound to put a bit of a spring in the step.

love this simple red linen shift dress by Plumo. Click through for more simply beautiful linen dress ideas you'll love to wear

I am a sucker for cross back dresses. I think it’s because they make me think of linen aprons. Which I have a bit of a thing for. Anyway, this beautiful indigo stripe linen dress by Toast is definitely worth having in the wardrobe I reckon… I love that it’s been dyed using true indigo.

love this indigo striope linen cross back dress by Toast. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

There’s also a really lovely dark blue cotton linen cross back dress

love this dark navy blue cotton linen cross back dress by Toast. Click through for more linen summer dress ideas you'll lovelove this dark navy blue cotton linen cross back dress by Toast. Click through for more linen summer dress ideas you'll lovelove this toast cross back summer dress

And there’s a clue in the name of this Anything Goes dress by Nadinoo as to why I like it. Worn either front or backwards with a loose fit body and made from a beautiful mini check linen cotton fabric with a soft finish, this is probably the most comfortable – and adaptable – dress you’ll ever own.

I would throw mine on first thing on sunny weekend mornings so I can head out to do some work in the garden without getting caught in my pyjamas by the postman. Available in soft pale grey and white micro check or plain navy.

love this pale grey and white mini check linen dress with button back made in England by Nadinoo. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love love this pale grey and white mini check linen dress with button back made in England by Nadinoo. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

Also really like this Charcoal linen dress, also by Nadinoo with slim Peter Pan collar and relaxed shape.

love this navy and white mini check linen dress with button back made in England by Nadinoo. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love love this navy and white mini check linen dress with button back made in England by Nadinoo. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

The Bungalow dress by Old Town clothing (listed in our directory here) has been a favourite of mine for ages now. Available in a range of natural fabrics, including blue check linen, I love the simple utilitarian mixed with retro housecoat/overall sensibilities.

love this blue linen bungalow dress by Old Town Clothing. Click through to discover more linen dress ideas you'll love love this crossover tie back dress by Old Town Clothing. Click through for more dress ideas you'll loveold town clothing fabrics

Not strictly speaking a dress – more a coat dress I guess. But don’t you love the button detail on this lovely charcoal grey linen design by Terry Macey?

love the button detailing on the back of this charcoal grey coat dress by Terry Macey. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll ove

If you’re a lover of pretty florals and vintage inspired prints, check out these two linen dresses by Palava: Flowerpot and Foxglove prints.

love this pretty flowerpot floral linen dress by Palava. Click through to discover more linen dress ideas you'll lovelove this foxglove floral print linen summer dress by Palava. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

 

I always like to check out Margaret Howell’s collections as I love the simple lines, the quality of the fabrics, attention to detail and workmanship. This white linen tee shirt dress and cobalt blue linen shirt dress would both work really hard in any wardrobe.

love this white linen tee shirt dress by Margaret Howell. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll lovelove this margaret howell blue linen dress. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

It was Jannine from Under the Cloth who first introduced me to clothing brand You Must Create. I love this navy and cream linen Eileen dress in an easy A-line shape with side ties. The soft blue and white stripe version is also really pretty.

love this you must create linen dress in pale blue and white stripe. Click through to discover more linen dresses you'll lovelove this navy and white check linen dress. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll lovelove this you must create linen dress in pale blue and white stripe. Click through to discover more linen dresses you'll love

And finally, this has to be the most perfect off white linen button through dress ever. With Peter Pan collar, nipped in waist and pretty cap sleeves, this is just so pretty.

love this white linen peter pan collar dress. Click through to discover more linen dress ideas you'll love

I can imagine slipping it on to wear around a southern French market, basket in hand. Feel free to snort now… X

INFORMATION


Nadinoo is listed in the From Britain with Love directory here >>

Teresa Green is listed in the From Britain with Love directory here >>

Palava is listed in the From Britain with Love directory here >>

Old Town Clothing is listed in the Fro Britain with Love directory here >>

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discover the perfect linen summer dresses including this white linen peter pan collar dress in ivory linen. Click through for more linen dress ideas you'll love

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