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Much has been said about the correlation between floral clothing and warm weather…. Well, the spring and summer seasons are when this print truly flourishes (blooms?), taking over racks at retailers and inspiring many to break out their loudest, brightest patterns. And even though this phenomenon has been A Thing since, well, always, designers still manage to innovate on this category every year. In 2018 alone, you can find a plethora of subcategories within the “floral clothing” umbrella—we’ve narrowed it down to seven: “ditsy” (teeny-tiny, colorful dots), tropical (bright, beachy flora), embroidered (stitched detailing), graphic (in-your-face colorful, contrasting pattern), painterly (arty renditions of your favorite flowers), monochromatic (floral prints rendered in a single hue), and oversize (larger-than-life buds). Consider this your comprehensive guide to summer’s favorite graphic—check out the season’s best florals to shop right now, ahead.
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The midi dress might just be the Kylie Jenner of hemlines in 2019 – you’ve been seeing them around for a while, but they’re still super popular and don’t seem to be fading out of the spotlight any time soon – and you can’t quite put your finger on why. And just when you think you’ve seen it all – long sleeve midi dresses, body-con midi dresses, wrap midi dresses…a new shape or print comes out and BOOM, you’re whipping out the bank card faster than a newly-launched Lip Kit on its way to sell out. The compulsion is inexplicable.
Perhaps it’s the fact that there’s a midi dress to flatter every body type. Or the fact that they are often seasonless, with many styles working well year-round. Our bet? Midi-hemlines make great bang for your buck, since they’re appropriate enough to wear to work, but still feel cute enough to wear out-of-hours.
Below, our edit of the 21 best midi dresses for every occasion. Pick one, and you can practically get dressed in the dark – just add a roll-neck or some boots and you’re out the door. Easy.
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Checked midi dress
Gingham? For winter? Groundbreaking, especially when it’s supersized with a swishy skirt and balloon sleeves. This baby’s a standout.
£321.59, DANNIJO at Net-a-Porter
Who said you can’t wear tie-dye year-round? Layer this 90s-cool slip over jeans, or bundle up with a cosy cardi on top. This dress will still feel fresh next summer.
A beautiful multi-tasker of a dress – the subtle print and elegant silhouette of this Topshop dress make it appropriate for work, or for dinner afterwards.
£95, & Other Stories
Can’t you imagine drinking your Monday morning cup of tea at your desk in this baby? We can! If your office is more casual, tone it down with bright trainers for contrast.
Mid-length floral wrap dresses are still a classic – they’re flattering on everyone.
Warehouse’s neutral midi dress makes getting dressed in the dark a snap – just add heeled boots, and a rollneck if you’re chilly.
The fishtail flip at the hemline of this dress balances out curvy hips, and black always feels glamorous – try this Boohoo Plus dress for your next night out.
£85, & Other Stories
Play up the girlish sweetness of this Stories dress with white boots, or for a cool contrast, try combat boots, chunky trainers, or anything with a big, tough sole.
Just in case you haven’t heard the memo – yes, winter white is a thing. Take it a step further with white boots and a white rollneck underneath, and big cream-coloured knit on top.
Hemlines don’t have to be short to be sexy. Case in point – this PLT number. 😻
£420, Marques’ Almeida at Net-a-Porter
How to Look Cool at Work 101 – this striped, collared, asymmetric hero from Marques’ Almeida. Special details like the slanted buttons, extended cuffs, and chunky ring hardware convey confidence – something that’s always welcome in our Monday morning presentations.
Slinky, minimal, and warm? Sign us up.
Animal print roll neck dress
Warehouse’s versatile animal-print midi can be styled up or down with ease. Strappy heels or smart knee-high boots and a blazer will take you to work or cocktails, but trainers and a hoodie or denim jacket feel right for a Sunday roast. At less than £50, we’ll be snapping this one up.
£215, Rotate at Farfetch
We’ve found it – the perfect Special Occasion™ dress for the festive season. Keep it OTT with pastel or sparkly accessories.