Midi dresses have been around for several seasons now. They were a bit of a surprise item to begin with, with only the fashion experts attempting to style them, but now pretty much all retailers, high street and high end alike, are stocking them. It’s not likely they’ll be going out of style any time soon, so it’s high time we started thinking about how to style them.
The main issue with midi dresses is the awkward length – a “true” midi dress is supposed to hit mid-way between knee and ankle, bang in the middle of your calf, the widest part of your lower leg. For a more flattering length, look for midis that hit on your knees or just below.
There is also the problem that the dress may look great on a model on a website, reaching to the exact point of the leg you want it to, but when it arrives you find it hovering mid-thigh or grazing your ankle. If the site lists the model’s height, pay attention to this and compare it to yourself. If you find it isn’t going to work for you, but you still love it, be prepared to get it altered professionally.
Midi dresses are a lot easier to wear during the summer months than they are the winter too, so bear this in mind. They’re not great with boots that aren’t ankle height and flats with them can make your legs look stumpy, so go for heels to elongate the leg. You also have the problem of what to layer over a midi dress during the winter months. Cropped cardigans or jackets are generally the layer of choice to emphasise the longer length and stop you from looking frumpy, and when it’s especially chilly, go for a full length coat that reaches the bottom of the midi dress.
Remember though, there’s no right or wrong way to wear an outfit, so if you like it and it works for you, then wear it! Be it a body con mid-calf dress or a full skirted knee grazer, wear it your way.