These Eyelet Dresses Will Make Summer 2021 More Lovely

Table of Contents The Classic Midi-Length LoveShackFancy Antonella tiered broderie anglaise cotton midi-dressZara openwork embroidered dressEverlane tiered eyelet dressZimmermann Aliane cutout tie-front broderie anglaise cotton midi-dressGanni broderie anglaise organic-cotton wrap dressSea eyelet button-down midi-dressThe Little White DressJonathan Simkhai Brynn gathered broderie anglaise cotton mini-dressZara linen-blend embroidered eyelet dressMango broderie anglaise cotton […]

Fashion-wise, there is nothing more synonymous with summer than a delicate eyelet dress—the breathable fabric, enhanced by embroidered holes and creative patterns, is just one of many things to love about warmer temperatures. This time each year, we see eyelet details on just about every piece of clothing, from billowing blouses to shorts, but this style has been in the back pocket of summerwear for centuries. The eyelet, or broderie anglaise, is a technique that originates from 16th-century Europe. Presumed to be from the Czech Republic, its popularity grew during the Victorian era as a trim on dresses and underwear.

As ubiquitous as the LBD is to eveningwear, an eyelet dress steadily holds its place as the summer dress of choice. The same dress can be worn on daytime errands and then easily transition to a sunset-drenched dinner. There really is no summertime occasion when a broderie anglaise dress doesn’t suit—take it from Brigitte Bardot, who wore one on her wedding day.

Depending on how you style it, your look can veer toward preppy, bohemian, or Victoriana. Wear a classic white midi silhouette (see LoveShackFancy and Ganni’s lovely versions below) with heeled espadrilles for garden parties or pair it with flip-flop sandals or Birkenstocks for casual hangs around the city. Or if you’re looking for something in eyelet that’s a bit more eye-catching, consider a brightly colored version—we like options from Zara and Vita Kin. Don’t think you can’t wear prints, either. Zimmermann and PatBo offer options splashed with florals.

You can find these and more of the best eyelet dresses below. But no matter which you choose, make sure to wear it with an Aperol spritz in hand!

The Classic Midi-Length 

Eyelet purists will gravitate toward longer, midi-length white dresses, but every summer wardrobe needs one!

LoveShackFancy Antonella tiered broderie anglaise cotton midi-dress

Zara openwork embroidered dress

Everlane tiered eyelet dress

Zimmermann Aliane cutout tie-front broderie anglaise cotton midi-dress

Ganni broderie anglaise organic-cotton wrap dress

Sea eyelet button-down midi-dress

The Little White Dress

These LWDs will take you from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day and beyond. Slip them on over a bikini or take them out to dinner. 

Jonathan Simkhai Brynn gathered broderie anglaise cotton mini-dress

Zara linen-blend embroidered eyelet dress

Mango broderie anglaise cotton dress

Zimmermann Riders belted ramie broderie-anglaise minidress

$795$477

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LoveShackFancy Cedria smocked eyelet minidress

Waimari women’s Alfresco dress

The Bright and Bold 

Eyelet isn’t reserved for just white! Shop the rainbow of dresses in the dainty fabric.

Zara openwork embroidered dress

Self Portrait flounced broderie anglaise cotton-poplin dress

$510$204

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Red Valentino embroidered cotton midi-dress

Vita Kin Jacqueline broderie-anglaise linen midi-dress

Free People Mockingbird high-low dress

Zara openwork embroidered dress

The Pretty Pastel

And since you’ve already picked up a white and vibrant-hued eyelet dress, next on your to-shop list should be a version in a faint pastel color.

Floret Studios cotton eyelet midi-dress

LoveShackFancy Magena embroidered eyelet cotton midi-dress

Zara openwork embroidered dress

Alice and Olivia Shanti eyelet tiered midi-dress

LoveShackFancy Divine dress

Valentino eyelet bodice pleated midi-dress

The Printed Eyelet

Prints get a new dimension when featured on an eyelet fabric. We love the look in florals.

LoveShackFancy Aldina tiered floral-print broderie anglaise cotton and silk-blend minidress

Zara openwork embroidered floral dress

Zimmermann Poppy eyelet midi-dress

Maia Bergman Ines eyelet wrap dress

Shoshanna Caricia floral midi-dress

PatBo Pom eyelet belted midi-dress

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