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What is a midi dress?

A midi dress is defined by its hemline, which hits halfway between the knee and the ankle, at the mid-calf. It’s similar to a tea-length dress, and is the happy medium of the above knee hemline of the mini dress, and the floor length hemline of the maxi dress.

Where did the midi dress come from?

Up until the 1920s, women were expected to dress modestly in ankle and floor length dresses. But Flappers, as the rebellious young women of the decade were called, went against social norms with unconventional hairstyles, music and dress. This included raising hemlines that shockingly exposed a little leg. And so, the midi-length dress was born. Its popularity waxed and waned over the next several decades, making way for mini dresses, and other variations in dress and skirt length.

What should I look for in a midi dress?

There are many different midi dress styles, including body-con midi dresses, peplum midi dresses, and sheath or shift midi dresses. So finding a style you like is easy, but fit is a bit trickier. It’s important to remember, when selecting a midi dress, that the hemline should hit about halfway between the knee and ankle. So it may mean trying out a few different designers and styles to find the correct length.

Where should I wear a midi dress?

A midi dress is a nice length for many occasions. There are casual midi dresses that are perfectly suited to the beach or a stroll through the farmer’s market. While other midi dresses are quite elegant and a good choice for semi-formal occasions. A classic black midi can pull double duty as an office dress and cocktail dress.

What should I wear with a midi dress?

Shoes are a critical accessory to any midi dress, as they are responsible for determining how the lower leg looks with the hemline. Look for heels, pumps, or wedges that elongate the legs. To complete your midi dress outfit, try to keep jewelry and handbags somewhat neutral—the length of your dress means extra material, and you don’t want to overdo it with heavy accessories.

 

Shop midi dresses on sale from Alice & Olivia, James Perse, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, Topshop, and Splendid.     

 

 

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Lulu Body-Con Dress
French Connection
$148.00 $88.80
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$139.00 $83.40
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Studded Sheath Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$130.00
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$168.00 $126.70
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$118.00 $70.80
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Embroidered Minidress
Free People
$128.00
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$168.00 $100.80
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$89.00 $67.82
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Minetta dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$448.00 $134.00
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Sweeter Sweater Dress
French Connection
$98.00 $58.80
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Stayton Off the Shoulder Dress
French Connection
$98.00 $58.80
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$128.00 $76.80
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Viven Dress
French Connection
$158.00 $94.80
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$98.00 $58.80
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Voile Trapeze Slip
Free People
$88.00 $35.20
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Alma dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$421.00 $252.00
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Blossom T-Shirt Dress
French Connection
$98.00 $58.79
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Adrien Stripe Dress
Free People
$168.00 $88.00
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Embroidered Minidress
Free People
$128.00
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Tommy Lace-Up Midi Dress
French Connection
$118.00 $70.80
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$148.00 $88.80
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$108.00 $48.00
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$89.00 $64.96
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Rubi Lace Mini Dress
Free People
$128.00 $76.80
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Drop Waist Knit Dress
French Connection
$128.00 $76.80
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$468.00 $299.00
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$98.00 $44.99
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$89.00 $42.99
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from Athleta
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$88.00 $35.20
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$98.00 $58.80
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Anne cross-back denim dress
Stella McCartney
$580.00 $174.00
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$148.00 $88.80
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$98.00
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$128.00 $44.00
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$118.00 $71.00
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$138.00 $82.80
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$298.00 $178.80
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$138.00 $82.80
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$198.00 $118.80
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Normandy Stripe Dress
French Connection
$98.00 $58.80
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Carrie dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$298.00 $89.00
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$295.00 $213.28
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$148.00 $95.58
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Nomad Child Dress
Free People
$148.00 $59.99
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$248.00 $148.80
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$378.00 $226.80
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Polly Off the Shoulder Dress
French Connection
$118.00 $70.80
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Danni Metallic Bandage Dress
French Connection
$198.00 $118.80
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Polly Off the Shoulder Dress
French Connection
$118.00 $70.80
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Short Sleeve Flared Wrap Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$378.00 $138.66
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$298.00 $139.99
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$134.00 $79.99
from Macy's
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$78.00 $41.52
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$128.00 $80.00
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$128.00
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$355.00 $141.98
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$98.00 $58.80
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Copley Crepe Jumpsuit
French Connection
$148.00 $88.80
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$68.00 $46.75
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Whisper Light Dress
French Connection
$158.00 $94.80
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Evening Dew Sleeveless Romper
French Connection
$148.00 $88.80
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Spotlight Bandage Dress
French Connection
$188.00 $112.80
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$4,950.00 $1,485.00
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Darling dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$498.00 $149.00
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Ripple Mini Dress
Free People
$148.00 $72.00
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$98.00 $43.00
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$445.00 $311.50
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$138.00 $65.31
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ASHLEY DRESS
Tory Burch
$448.00 $229.00
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$128.00 $44.99
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Slip Strap Maxi Dress
Calvin Klein
$158.00 $70.99
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Hagen Halter Border Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$160.00 $72.99
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Sweater Maxi Dress
French Connection
$128.00 $76.80
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$395.00 $138.00
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$8,698.00 $2,609.00
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Leyland dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$598.00 $179.00
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Yesenia Dress
BCBG Max Azria
$248.00 $110.00
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$40.00 $25.99
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$68.00 $43.07
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Open Back Ribbon Trim Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$598.00 $358.80
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$285.00 $113.98
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$478.00 $191.20
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Cold Shoulder Dress
French Connection
$118.00 $49.99
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$285.00 $99.00
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