How to Wear a Midi Dress

Sitting somewhere between the ankle-skimming maxi and the knee revealing mini is the midi dress – a style which is so versatile it suits all heights and body shapes and can be dressed up or down, making it an ideal length choice for everything from work-wear to wedding outfits.

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The trick to getting the most out of a midi dress is to style it to suit your body and the occasion.

Wearing Midi Dresses with Coats and Jackets

As the midi sits halfway down your calf, a long coat can be tricky to pull off with it, so go for waist-length styles instead. If the weather is suitable, you could also just get a little extra warmth from a shawl, wrap, or a cardigan.

Wearing Midi Dresses When You Are Petite

Being shorter than average doesn’t mean midi dresses are a no-no, but it does mean choosing the style carefully. Avoid dresses which stop right at the widest part of your calf, aiming for something just above or below it instead, and then teams it up with a close-fitting waist-length jacket. These two tips will help maintain shape in your silhouette.

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The Best Bags and Shoes to Wear with a Midi Dress

A casual midi dress looks great with a cross body bag, but make sure it falls right where your hips are. Footwear is really flexible for this look – in the winter and autumn boots look great (knee-length is best, as ankle boots can create an unflattering band of leg between boot and dress hem). In warmer weather gladiator sandals look amazing with midi dresses if you have longer legs, while strappy sandals (without ankle straps) work for everyone, as do slides and block heel sandals.

Alternatives to the Midi

If you love to make a statement but are really not into midi dresses, maybe a red maxi dress would suit you better? There are plenty of these around in various designs by designers, such as those who created the red maxi dress available at AX Paris, who appreciate not everyone wants to go midi-length.

Fashion has never been as flexible as it is in the twenty-first century, so whether you are new to midis or remember them from the first time around, why not take a look at what is available?