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The Best Linen Dresses To Keep You Cool All Summer

When it comes to summer fabrics, linen is a bonafide MVP. The flax-derived material is lightweight, natural, airy, and perfectly suited for muggy weather. Linen actually pulls away from sweaty skin rather than sticking to it — a unicorn fabric when it comes to summer apparel. The cons, of course, are that linen can often be rough to the touch, prone to wrinkles, and expensive.

But, fear not — for this edition of Hype Machine, we found 10 highly rated linen (or linen-blend) dresses that are actually stylish, affordable, soft, and manageable when it comes to pesky wrinkles. Best of all, these breezy frocks are all recommended by experts in the field — real customers who sweat, live in humid areas, or need to look presentable in triple-digit-pushing temps. Now, it’s time to join their ranks and get yourself a linen dress that you, too, will whisk around in all season long.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star-and-up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

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<h2>H&M Short Linen-Blend Dress </h2><br><strong>The Best Whimsical Dress </strong><em><strong><br></strong></em><br><strong>The Hype: </strong>4.2 out of 5 stars; 152 reviews on HM.com <strong><br></strong><br><strong>Linen Breakdown: </strong>54% linen and 46% cotton <br><br>Balloon sleeves add a whimsical flair to any piece of clothing. This short linen-blend dress from H&M offers that with the addition of a thin drawstring tie for a cinched waist. <br><br>“This is the cutest and most flattering dress I’ve ever bought at any price point. I love the linen-cotton blend (can’t stand synthetics that don’t breathe), and the adjustable waist is perfect,” explains a reviewer. “I came back to buy two more as backups, but they sold out. I hope they get more in stock!” And luckily for you, the black version is fully in stock with L to XXL available in the blue-and-white striped style. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.1044182004.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link ">H&M</a> </strong></em><br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Short Linen-Blend Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.1044182004.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link ">H&M</a>

H&M Short Linen-Blend Dress

The Best Whimsical Dress

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 152 reviews on HM.com

Linen Breakdown: 54% linen and 46% cotton

Balloon sleeves add a whimsical flair to any piece of clothing. This short linen-blend dress from H&M offers that with the addition of a thin drawstring tie for a cinched waist.

“This is the cutest and most flattering dress I’ve ever

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  • September 9, 2022

Save up to 40% on dresses, tops & more

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Blake Lively’s Reformation dress is on sale — but sizes are selling out! (Photos via Getty & Reformation)

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If you’re a Reformation lover (be honest, who isn’t?), I’d be willing to bet that news of a summer sale would, as the people say, be music to your ears.

Luckily, stirrings of a Reformation sale aren’t just rumours. Starting today, the cool-girl brand is hosting its annual summer sale — and from one Ref girl to another, the selection is jaw-dropping.

From Karlie Kloss’ favourite Zoe Skirt to Olivia Rodrigo’s Joyride High Rise Straight Jeans, dozens (upon dozens) of Reformation best-sellers are up for grabs at up to 40 per cent off.

Notably included in the sale is the brand’s Afternoon Dress, one of Blake Lively’s must-have summer picks. To shop the Afternoon dress and many more soon-to-sell-out styles, scroll below.

model with long black hair wearing reformation cherry print midi Afternoon Dress (Photo via Reformation)

Afternoon Dress (Photo via Reformation)

$168 $240 at Reformation

The “Gossip Girl” actress was snapped alongside husband Ryan Reynolds wearing Reformation’s Afternoon dress at Wembley Stadium in London, England, earlier this summer.

The Afternoon features a straight neckline, flattering fitted bodice and midi-length skirt. While the dress is available in four eye-catching prints, one on-sale design is already sold out, so if you have your eye on Blake’s black cherry print, take this as your sign to buy!

Thanks to Blake Lively’s stamp of approval and Reformation’s it-girl status, sizes of the dress are flying off the (virtual) shelves. So, to avoid sartorial heartbreak, we wouldn’t

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  • September 6, 2022

Viral Anthropologie Somerset dress is on sale for almost 50% off today only

anthropologie, five models wearing anthropologie linen somerset dress in peach, blue, white, light blue and orange

Anthropologie’s “best-reviewed dress ever” is on sale — but sizes are going fast (Photos via Anthropologie)

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If you’re an Anthropologie lover (be honest, who isn’t?), I’d be willing to bet that news of a summer sale would, as the people say, be music to your ears.

Starting today, the cool-girl retailer is offering an additional 30 per cent off sale items — and from one Anthro girl to another, the selection is jaw-dropping.

From wedding-perfect apparel to end-of-summer must-haves, more than 3,800 items are up for grabs in the limited-time sale, which ends tonight!

Notably included in the round-up is the retailer’s Somerset linen dress, an all-time favourite among Yahoo readers. To shop the Somerset dress and learn why it’s earned the title of Anthropologie’s “best-reviewed dress ever,” plus shop ten other sale picks, scroll below.

blonde model wearing sandals, carrying straw tote bag and wearing The Somerset Maxi Dress: Linen Edition in white (Photo via Anthropologie)

The Somerset Maxi Dress: Linen Edition in white (Photo via Anthropologie)

$91 $170 at Anthropologie

The details

Anthropologie’s Somerset Maxi Dress is the retailer’s “bestselling” and “best reviewer dress, ever.” The versatile style has been dubbed the dress equivalent of the “Sisterhood of the Travelling pants,” thanks to its V-neck design and figure-flattering smocked waist.

The Somerset is available in petite, regular and plus sizes, and nine colour options, including red, blue, and beige. For those who aren’t fans of the maxi look, the Somerset collection includes mini dresses and varying lengths of skirts: Click here to see them all.

What people are saying

A fan-favourite among Anthropologie shoppers, the retailer’s linen Somerset dress has earned an average rating of 4.1 stars.

It’s the “perfect autumn dress,” according

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  • August 24, 2022