Just because it is now fall, there is no need to put away your midi dresses.
Why consider a midi dress this season?
The midi dress is definitely a stylish option for all seasons as well as being universally flattering.
First fashionable in the 40s, the mid-length style fell out of fashion favor in the 60s when mini skirts were all the rage.
Later we moved onto knee-high dresses.
But, right now the mid dress is very much in vogue again and is a stylish option for any age.
Whereas once midi dresses were seen as a frumpy style, there’s definitely nothing drab or dull about these dresses.
Why should you wear a midi dress?
Here are just a few reasons on why getting a midi dress is such a great idea.
1. A midi dress can be both worn in summer and winter.
Many midi dresses are available with sleeeves and you can easily wear them with long boots.
2. Midi dresses are flattering
They can be very lengthening and you can easily structure them with belts. Women of every height can wear this dress so long as you pick the right height and shape for your body type.
You can always go a bit longer or shorter or belt your dress a bit higher or lower.
If your calved are wide, opt for a dress that is a bit longer so it doesn’t end at the widest part of your calves.
I now prefer to cover my knees and the midi dress is excellent at that.
Michelle (above) wears a beautiful satin shirt dress which could easily be styled for summer and fall.
Check out this similar satin dress.
For more style inspiration, read our article on how to wear a shirtdress.
3. Wear your dress in different ways
You don’t always have to wear your dress in a way that’s intended. Some small busted ladies may like to wear the dress back to front.
Or wear your dress over pants, which can be an edgy look in winter.
Some dresses can also be worn as long vests. Below I wear my red dress as a vest but I recently wore this as a dress.
You can also easily style them with additional long or short jackets and cardigans.
4. A midi dress is chic and sophisticated
There’s just something about the midi dress that screams sophistication.
It’s chic and lady like and you can easily make it more special with the right statement jewelry or boots.
What to consider when choosing the best midi dresses for you
Technically, a midi dress is a dress which ends around mid-calf.
However, if you aren’t too keen on your calves, you may wish to think more carefully about where the hem ends, as this will be where attention is drawn to.
Choose a dress which ends at the slimmest point on your calf area, or you could decide to go for an option which is just below the knee instead.
How to wear a midi dress for fall
As most of you will now be heading into fall, you are likely to want to wear your midi-dress with layers. Here are a few ideas.
1. A moto or denim jacket and booties
For a chic, everyday look, just pop a leather or denim jacket over your midi dress and pair with booties.
You can always add opaque tights for extra warmth.
Karen (above) teams her midi with a leather jacket and cozy scarf.
2. With a faux fur vest for bohemian chic
Like the maxi dress, the midi style is a great way to add a relaxed, boho look to your outfits.
You could pop a faux faux vest over your dress and wear with knee-high boots.
Take a look at the capsule wardrobe for the bohemian style personality.
3. As a sophisticated evening option
If you have parties, dinners or events to attend this season, a midi dress could be an elegant option.
Just add heels – and either statement or delicate jewelry depending on your own preference and the style of your dress.
4. with any shoes
The beauty of the midi dress is it goes with any shoe you would like to pair it with.
You can style it with sneakers, mules, booties, heeled sandals, ballet flats, knee-high boots – really anything goes.
Just bear in mind that if you do have shorter legs, you may want to add a heel.
Kim (above) adds casual elegance to her dress with a pair of sneakers.
5. With sandals
Then the weather warms up, or if you are heading off on a vacation or cruise, just pair your midi dress with a pair of sandals (a metallic pair looks great) and you’re good to go.
Here are my favorite midi dresses in stores now
If you want to buy a dress which is timeless, flattering and versatile, the midi is the perfect option. Here are some of the best midi dresses in stores now…
Best midi dresses – simple and chic
The tiny floral detailing and asymmetrical hem add interest to this Leith dress.
You can add a black leather or beige suede moto jacket now with boots and then just wear with sandals next year.
Nic wears a beautiful red dress with an abstract pattern. I think it would look fabulous with a black moto when the weather is cooler.
Here is a long sleeve asymmetrical dress you can try to recreate this look.
a midi version of the little black dress
The classic little black dress doesn’t always have to be knee-length. This midi version is incredibly chic.
Plus, because the lace detailing adds interest, you can keep accessories to a minimum.
For more inspiration take a look at how to choose the perfect little black dress for your body shape.
flattering dress in various colors
A wrap dress is always flattering, and this one is not only flattering, but is also bang on trend as it comes in plissé fabric, with tiny little pleats.
This would look beautiful for the party season worn with black or gold heels.
It’s definitely one of the best midi dresses to buy this season if you want to be on-trend.
a midi shirt dress for those who like black
A shirt dress is always a versatile option which will take you from day to night with ease.
Melinda (below) wears a classic shirt dress which she belts to show off her waist.
For day time when it is cooler, you could style with a wrap coat and flat knee-high boots, then just switch to heeled booties for evening.
fabulous print dress
Animal print will never go out of style, but it doesn’t always have to be leopard.
This zebra print dress will make sure you stand out from the herd for all the right reasons.
Subtle floral prints
This floral dress features subtle prints and would be a good option for so many style personalities.
For instance, if you have a classic style personality, you could wear with a black blazer and knee-high boots.
However, if you love a bohemian look, you could wear a faux fur vest and tasseled booties. The possibilities are endless.
Perfect polka dots
A very classic print is the polka dot. This wrap style is universally flattering with its v-neck and tie-waist.
Leopard print dress with sleeves
Having already given you a zebra-print option, here’s another beautiful animal print dress, this time in a more traditional leopard print.
Anita styles her leopard print dress with a pale blue bag.
This is such a versatile piece. You could wear with heels for a party, with a moto jacket or with a blazer for a smarter look.
Another good animal print dress
Snakeprint has also been a big trend for the past few seasons, and definitely isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Kylie shows how to style a snakeprint dress with a fitted blazer and boots.
Wrap dress in autumnal shades
A beautiful burnt orange is always a good color for fall.
Catherine wears her print dress layered over pants.
Read our article on how to wear dresses with pants.
Vertical stripe midi dress
Vertical stripes are always a stylish way to add long lean lines.
For more inspiration take a look at how to look taller and slimmer.
Gail styles her midi with Chanel-style espadrilles and a classic straw hat.
gorgeous polka dot dress
Here’s another stylish polka dot option for you – this time with slightly larger dots.
The midi dress I bought myself
This is a dress that’s become a favorite in my closet as it’s airy and light and so easy to throw on.
It’s one of the best midi dresses in my closet. I like to wear it with a red accessories and a belt.
A simple black and white dress never goes out of style
You could also opt to wear your polka dots in classic black and white
Tanasha keeps her look monochrome with her black and white accessories.
Another classic shirt dress for you
The navy and white stripes here give a very contemporary, yet classic look which you can wear year after year.
What do you think are the best midi dresses for you? Have you already found the perfect midi dress?
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