Dainty and Delicate, Eyelet Dresses Make Summer More Lovely

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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. Each year come this time, 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 summer wear 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 evening wear, 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 where 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.

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

$575

NET-A-PORTER

Zara openwork embroidered dress

$70

ZARA

Everlane tiered eyelet dress

$128

EVERLANE

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

$1,150

NET-A-PORTER

Ganni broderie anglaise organic-cotton wrap dress

$495

MATCHESFASHION.COM

Sea eyelet button-down midi-dress

$295

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The Little White Dress

These LWDs will take you through MDW 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

$495

NET-A-PORTER

Zara linen-blend embroidered eyelet dress

$50

ZARA

Mango broderie anglaise cotton dress

$80

MANGO

Zimmermann Riders belted ramie broderie-anglaise minidress

$795$477
MATCHESFASHION.COM

LoveShackFancy Cedria smocked eyelet minidress

$475

INTERMIX

Waimari women's Alfresco dress

$315

AMAZON

The Bright and Bold 

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

Zara openwork embroidered dress

$70

ZARA

Self Portrait flounced broderie anglaise cotton-poplin dress

$510$204
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Red Valentino embroidered cotton midi-dress

$1,035

MY THERESA

Vita Kin Jacqueline broderie-anglaise linen midi-dress

$1,857

MATCHESFASHION.COM

Free People Mockingbird high-low dress

$148

NORDSTROM

Zara openwork embroidered dress

$70

ZARA

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

$118

NORDSTROM

LoveShackFancy Magena embroidered eyelet cotton midi-dress

$575$345
MODA OPERANDI

Zara openwork embroidered dress

$90

ZARA

Alice and Olivia Shanti eyelet tiered midi-dress

$440

BLOOMINGDALE’S

LoveShackFancy Divine dress

$425

AMAZON

Valentino eyelet bodice pleated midi-dress

$3,500

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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

$425

NET-A-PORTER

Zara openwork embroidered floral dress

$50

ZARA

Zimmermann Poppy eyelet midi-dress

$1,150$804
24S.COM

Maia Bergman Ines eyelet wrap dress

$354

VERISHOP

Shoshanna Caricia floral midi-dress

$460

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

PatBo Pom eyelet belted midi-dress

$750$375
PATBO