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Everything You Need To Know About Midi Dresses

Midi dresses style guide
Styling guide for midi dresses
We don’t tend to think about midi dresses in the historical context of hemlines. Of course we don’t. We think about “what shoes would go with this?” But the historical context bit is actually kind of fascinating. Because the length of a dress often coincides with the economic climate of the time. For instance, shorter hemlines were all the rage during the  roaring 1920’s, fell down with the Great Depression and rose again in the 1950s and even further again with the emergence of the mini skirt I the 60s. It’s what’s known as the hemline index and generally speaking means that hemlines rise and fall in accordance with the stock market. In this article, we’re going to home in on the midi dress.

What is a midi dress?

A midi dress is any dress that falls below the knee and above the ankle, the “mid-calf” hence where it gets it’s name. The difference between a midi dress and a maxi dress is that a maxi dress falls below this point, either at the ankle or the floor.

Timeline of the midi dress

 

History of the midi
Timeline of the midi dress

Types of Midi Dresses

OK, you’re sold on the length, and you know it’s a midi dress you want. But that’s only the start. There are so many types of midi dress to choose from. If you have food-based plans and want something that’s bloat-friendly, a midi wrap dress is an excellent place to start. The Yondal  in a natural leopard print is a firm favourite, and looks great whether paired with trainers in summer or ankle boots in autumn.On the other end of the spectrum, you have bodycon midi dresses. They might not be as roomy as a wrap dress, but are ideal when you’re after more of a sleek, streamlined aesthetic. This bardot midi is a major hit for weddings throughout the year and has been worn by women between 18 to 80! Sometimes, sleeves are a non-negotiable. And for such occasions, we have an edit exclusives dedicated to long sleeve midi dresses. One of our favourites is this graphic print wrap midi from Foreva Young. The wrap design means it’s an easy option, but the jazzy print ensures it’s far from boring. Lace has this cool way of making you look and feel instantly elegant, even if you just had cold pizza for breakfast. Our edit of lace midi dresses is a very handy shortcut if you’re looking for that Kate Middleton level of royal sophistication. The Gemma dress in light blue was made for upstaging brides at every wedding it attends.

Types of midi dress
Types of midi dress

 

Midi dresses for Tall and Petite women

Petite dresses can be hard to find, but the good news is that you don’t *need* to find a midi dress that’s been specifically designed for those who are 5’4 and under. The same goes with finding a midi dress that doesn’t transform into mini dress when you’re over 5’9. A midi dress will typically fall just above your ankle when you’re Petite, but you can use a belt to push the length up a little. Conversely, a midi dress will typically fall just below the knee if you’re in the tall category. But unlike maxis which you’ll likely need taken up if you’re short, or minis that don’t even cover your bum if you’re tall – a midi dress won’t require a seamstress (or you know, your mum).

 

 

A Guide to Styling Midi Dresses

midi dresses for weddings

Summer midi dresses are perfect for weddings because they’re that Golilocks length that’s just right for formal occasions, not ball-gown level fancy but far from casual too. We’re currently enamoured with the Keisha midi dress from Pretty Lavish because it works for weddings all year round. In fact, throw a black roll neck underneath, add boots and you have a cool daytime outfit for winter too.

Midi dress for wedding
Midi dress for weddings

Black midi dresses are ideal for work. They’re an appropriate length if you’ve got a more corporate dress code and they’ll hide 10am coffee spills on a Monday morning – sold. Our top pick is this knitted number from Sosandar. Bonus points for a work-friendly dress that looks great at the pub for happy hour, too.

Black midi dresses
black midi dresses

Midi dresses for beach holidays

Floral midi dresses, like this standout from Charlie Holiday, are great for holidays because while they’re summery enough for Santorini, you’ll still get plenty of wear out of them when you come back to reality (i.e. British weather).

Floral midi dress
Floral Midi dress for holiday

Midi day dresses

A midi is the perfect throw-on-and-go for weekend brunches and impromptu picnics in the park (when the weather permits). This red midi dress from Angeleye is the perfect example and can be dressed up or down depending on what the occasion calls for.

How to Actually Wear a Sheer Dress: A Shopping Guide

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If you weren’t already aware, we’re very much here for the transparent trend. Whether cut from organza, tulle, or lace, the “naked” dress is a solidified celebrity favorite, with everyone from Ashley Graham to the Victoria’s Secret Angels repping the see-through style with killer confidence. But we won’t lie, the sheer trend is a tough one to nail down, in part because the idea of wearing something completely see-through is pretty daunting. Which is why we’re building out our ultimate guide so you’ll know exactly how to wear a sheer dress IRL.

They’re not all made equally, though, and shopping for the right style all depends on what you plan to wear under your sheer dress. So let us break it down for you—from the casual duster dresses you’ll throw on over jeans and a tee to the bold gowns worthy of a formal occasion. There are three levels on our “naked” dress barometer, and if you’re armed with the following options, you too can go forth fearlessly and nail the sheer trend.

Level 1: The Casual “Just Throw It Over Jeans” Dress

This is your entry point into the “naked” dress trend. It’s casual and easy to throw on over a simple T-shirt and jeans to make an average outfit combo look anything but. Opt for a sheer dress with a looser fit or go up a size so it doesn’t fit too snug over your other layers.

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ASTR Black Lace Midi DressOh London! Three days was not enough time to enjoy you.

I really didn’t know what to expect before we arrived. Really all I knew was that it was a large city like New York, except with a royal family and a much older history. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while yes London is big, it had such a refreshing neighborhood-y vibe and everything from the architecture, to the cars, to the way people dressed just felt so much more sophisticated.

ASTR Black Lace Midi DressApparently athleisure isn’t a thing in the UK so I’m not sure my jogger pants and sneaker-loving self could make it in London longterm, but I sure had a lot of fun taking my date night attire up a notch while we were in town. The one “fancy” dinner we had planned on our trip took place our second night (can’t wait to tell you all about it in my upcoming London guide!) and I packed just the right dress for the occasion.

ASTR Black Lace Midi Dress

You’ve all seen this one before. My favoriteeee budget-friendly lace midi dress. It’s so good that I actually have it in a few colors! I first snagged it last November from Nordstrom in the prettiest shade of burgundy (that was just restocked!) and loved it so much that I had to get it in black and lavender too. Right now it’s available in eleven colors. Yes, ELEVEN colors. That’s by far the most shades I’ve ever seen stocked at Nordstrom. They must be anticipating the holiday party shopping rush because it truly is the most-flattering cocktail dress and the styling options are endless. It boggles my mind that it’s priced so affordably!

ASTR Black Lace Midi DressLace Midi Dress (available in 11 colors & under $100!) | Black Pumps | Saint Laurent LouLou Bag | Leopard Print Crossbody Bag | Leopard Hair Bow | Michele Watch | David Yurman Bracelets | Crossover Pave Ring

You can see some of the previous ways I’ve worn it below. It’s so pretty on it’s own, but also still looks fab when styled with a blazer or leather jacket. Just make sure you SIZE UP! This dress runs small. Normally I’m an XS in most brands, but with this one I couldn’t be happier that I went with the S. PS I’m 5’5″ for height reference.

ASTR Lavender Lace Midi Dress

ASTR Lace Midi Dress
ASTR Lace Midi Dress

ASTR The Label Lace Midi DressIf you’re looking for some more options right now Nordstrom has an AMAZING selection of affordably-priced cocktail dresses. It could be smart to get a head start on snagging a dress or two before November when everyone transitions to holiday party mode… Just for fun I included a couple that are on my wishlist below

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