12 of the best Broderie Anglaise dresses to add to your summer wardrobe

Nathalie Salmon

Broderie Anglaise is a traditional technique which is believed to have originated in the Czech Republic and was introduced to England around the turn of the 19th century.

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The style of cloth has been in vogue at Blighty ever since, with women of the day wholeheartedly adopting needlepoint cloth which incorporated features of needlepoint embroidery, cutting and lace – so much so that the textile is now associated with England.

It is characterized by holes, called eyelets, which are cut in the fabric, then connected with overlock or buttonhole stitches and worked into patterns on the garment.

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Here are our favorite beautiful eyelet dresses to keep you looking chic all summer long:

Dôen – ideal for a romantic silhouette

Dôen’s Lupine dress is made from Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton poplin, grown without pesticides or harmful chemicals. It’s cinched at the waist and finished with pretty eyelet embroidery along the ruffled neckline, puffed sleeves and long ruffled hem. Wear it with strappy sandals.

Doen Lupine English embroidery-trimmed cotton-poplin dress, £266.37, Net to wear


Michael Kors – best for mini length

This Michael Kors mini dress is made in English cotton embroidery representing tropical palm motifs. It’s designed with scalloping along the V-neckline and hem and flattering darts at the waist before falling to a softly pleated skirt. Wear it with lace-up sandals.

Michael Kors Broderie Anglaise Cotton Mini Dress £265, Net to wear


Self-portrait – best for versatility

Elegant enough for a formal occasion yet sultry enough for a date night, this dress does it all. The ruffled skirt and fitted soft-cup bodice of Self-Portrait’s white midi dress are an iconic silhouette crafted from eyelet cotton.

Self-Portrait Ruffled Eyelet Cotton Midi Dress £360, matches fashion


Veronica Beard – best for maxi length

Veronica Beard’s ‘Alondra’ dress is cut from lightweight cotton and embellished with gorgeous eyelet details. It’s designed with pintucking at the bodice and nipping at the waist before falling to a floaty, ruffled hem. Team it with strappy sandals and a straw bag.

Veronica Beard Alondra Eyelet Tiered Maxi Dress, £448, Net to wear


See by Chloé – best for a change from the 1960s

This stretch cotton blend, courtesy of See by Chloé, in a relaxed straight shape is the perfect piece to toss in a suitcase. Layer it over a bikini when you head to the pool and wear it with a black wide-brimmed hat for a vintage look.

See by Chloe shift dress, £536, Farfetch


Nicholas – the best for the dairy look

This bow-embellished piece by Nicholas has lovely puff sleeves and a classic v-neck line. Wear it with padded sandals and a straw shoulder bag for maximum impact.

Danni Bow Eyelet Cotton Mini Dress, £314, the outline


Rianna + Nina – best for a flattering crew neck

This gorgeous cotton midi has soft balloon sleeves and gathered pleats so you can live out your romantic vacation dream. We think it would look great with loose, tousled waves and beige suede cowboy boots.

Rianna + Nina Kendima midi dress, £1,868, matches fashion


Honorine – ideal for a trip to the beach

The 100% cotton Cara d’Honorine dress is light, airy and perfect for layering over a bikini. The soft neckline and slightly puffed sleeves have a rounded look, both pairing perfectly with the pretty scalloped hem.

Honorine Cara Scalloped Cotton Mini Dress, £248, Net to wear


Zimmermann – the best for lasting style

This Zimmermann Broderie Anglaise dress not only offers an airy, airy silhouette, it’s also durable, crafted from upcycled panels of archival lace, Broderie Anglaise and embroidered cotton voile. Pair it with wedges or gold jewelry to complement its champagne shades.

Zimmermann Broderie Anglaise Dress + NET SUSTAIN, £1,250, Net to wear


HUGO – the best for a contemporary ambience

While English embroidery usually creates a romantic and traditional feel, HUGO Women’s version of this classic style is more modern, with an inner slip dress and elasticated cuffs. Pair it with platform sneakers and a cap for an effortlessly stylish feel.

HUGO Organic Cotton Eyelet Dress, £129, HUGO-BOSS


Chloé – ideal for a Victorian-style neckline

The neckline of this dress may be reminiscent of the Victorian era, but that doesn’t mean it’s tight or restrictive. This light and airy linen dress strikes a brilliant balance between nonsense and hopeless romanticism, and would be perfect with black knee-high boots.

Broderie Anglaise Dress with Ruffles and Chloé Belt, £2,270, Net to wear


Kos – the best for a city break

In typical Cos style, this version of the broderie anglaise dress opts for an oversized fit rather than a figure-hugging fabric, so would be perfect for exploring new cities in the summer heat.

Oversized tiered English embroidery dress, £99, Because


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