The Understated Dress Style Fashion People Always Wear With Sandals

In my book, there are three non-negotiables when it comes to summer style. First, up, dresses. I know trousers and skirts are having a moment right now but nothing beats throwing on a breezy dress on the balmiest days. Secondly, let's turn our attention to the breezy fabric in question; ask anyone in fashion and they'll tell you that the textile most synonymous with summer is linen, thanks to its lightweight weave which helps keep you cool even in the hottest climes. And thirdly, there's flat sandals—the shoe that rounds off any warm-weather outfit and, in my opinion, always looks cooler than a heeled iteration. Put them together and you get perhaps the easiest summer outfit solution of them all: a linen dress and sandals. 

With a heatwave firmly on the horizon, I thought now would be the perfect time to serve up a fresh dose of linen-dress-and-sandals outfit inspiration, featuring some of the fashion people who are currently backing the combination. From Capri sandals to fishermans, then halternecks to bandeaus, here are seven looks that prove that, although simple, this outfit formula is far from boring or basic. Scroll on to see them and to shop any pieces you might need to re-create them as you go. 

1. White Linen Dress + Black Sandals


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White linen is to summer what black leather is to winter, but there's no need to wait until November to channel the latter; use it in sandal form to give your white dress a cool contrast. 

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2. Halterneck Linen Dress + Fisherman Sandals


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Halternecks are a key dress trend this summer, and linen only elevates them. Tick off two major looks in one with a pair of perennial fisherman sandals. 

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3. Long-Sleeve Linen Dress + Simple Sandals


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Who said your linen dresses need to be sleeveless? If you prefer more coverage up top there are plenty on the market to choose from, but the Faithfull the Brand number below is my absolutely favourite. Wear with simple sandals to offset those brilliant puff sleeves. 

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4. Column Linen Dress + Chunky Sandals


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Simple silhouettes always look so expensive, especially when linen is involved. Take a column or slip cut, add a shoulder bag and ground with some chunky flat sandals for a perfectly-proportioned look. 

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5. Full-Skirt Linen Dress + Slider Sandals


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Bright colours look great set against woven linen fabrications and allow you to inject some of your personality into your summertime looks. With a hue this statement, grab your favourite black, tan or ecru sandals—they'll all work.

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6. Bandeau Linen Dress + Capri Sandals


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Strapless dresses are all the rage this season, with the sleek silhouette loaning itself to more detailed sandal styles, such a Capri lace-up. 

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7. Linen Shirt Dress + Thong Sandals


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For a look that will work just as well for the office as it will for weekend brunches, cue a linen shirt dress worn with simple thong sandals. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.