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A midi dress falls in that perfect spot between knee length dresses and maxi dresses. They usually hit you at the calf, making them an appropriate length for cocktail events, work functions, and everyday use. If you’re a shorter women, look for midi dresses that fall just below the knee, so the length doesn’t make you look shorter. Taller women should look for dresses that fall to mid-calf or almost to the ankle.
Midis as Casual Clothing
We love casual dresses with asymmetrical hemlines and layered skirts. A midi dress with a flowing skirt offers romantic movement as you walk. Some come with a slip underneath and a sheer skirt overlay. Others feature what we like to call “mullet skirts,” which are skirts that are knee-length or shorter in the front, but midi-length in the back. A mullet skirt is a fabulous way for short women to pull off mid length dresses with wide skirts without getting swallowed up by the skirt.
Midi dresses look great with short sleeves, long sleeves, and spaghetti straps. Because of the versatile dress length, these dresses come in casual options that work for almost every season. A loose skirt and spaghetti straps is the perfect summer dress, while three-quarter sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette looks pretty with ankle boots and a jacket in early fall.
The Formal Midi
Many LBDs and other formal dresses are midi. In fact, the bodycon midi dress in black is a popular and iconic look inspired by old Hollywood actresses like Audrey Hepburn. Put your hair in a chignon and don a strand of pearls with a black LBD midi dress to channel a Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.
Banana Republic often stocks semi-formal cocktail dresses that fall below the knee. With great tailoring and sedate colors, dresses from Banana Republic are favorite choices for dinner at networking events, wedding receptions, and even first dates. Express also has wonderful dresses, and is kind of like Banana Republic’s slightly edgier cousin. Find extras like low necklines or side slits when you shop Express for dresses.
The Midi at Work
Semi-formal midi dresses make wonderful work clothes, too. Some of your casual options can also fit in your work wardrobe. Put a black jacket over a monochromatic midi in red or blue. Wear stockings and your favorite pair of low work heels, and you’ve got a comfortable yet professional work outfit for the day. A thick black belt is a fabulous way to spruce up a midi dress for work without going overboard. Match the buckle color with a simple pair of earrings, then throw a jacket over the ensemble.
Midi length items straddle that wonderful line between work dresses and going out dresses. When you find the right cut of dress, be that A-line, circle skirt, or bodycon, midi can be very flattering on many body shapes. Find your midi thrill at thredUP, and get like-new designer items at unbeatable prices.