Midi Dresses (1844)

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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.

 

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Off the Shoulder Midi Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
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Midi Sweater Dress
Ann Taylor
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Lace Midi Dress
Philosophy
$989.00 $494.00
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Embroidered Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$1,995.00 $1,396.00
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$1,669.00 $1,001.00
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Midi Dress
Alexander Wang
$950.00 $475.00
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Midi Dress with Cotton
Victoria Beckham
$1,990.00 $1,194.00
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$1,279.00 $895.00
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Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$1,950.00 $1,365.00
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Midi Length Dress
Victoria Beckham
$2,520.00 $1,008.00
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$1,049.00 $524.00
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$1,139.00 $683.00
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$5,909.00 $2,363.00
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Striped Midi Dress
Marc Jacobs
$1,209.00 $604.00
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Printed Midi Dress
Emilio Pucci
$3,299.00 $1,649.00
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$679.00 $475.00
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$2,819.00 $1,127.00
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Silk Midi Dress
Paul & Joe
$609.00 $426.00
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Lace Midi Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$579.00 $405.00
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$499.00 $199.00
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$449.00 $224.00
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Lilac Open Back Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$1,850.00
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Striped Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$2,460.00
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$650.00
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Samara Ruched Midi Dress
Veronica Beard
$795.00
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Asymmetric Floral Midi Dress
Proenza Schouler
$1,495.00
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$650.00
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$595.00
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$1,495.00
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Rose Ruffle Midi Dress
Haute Hippie
$525.00
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$560.00
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$1,295.00
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Charlotte Midi Dress
Faithfull the Brand
$208.00
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$1,640.00
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$595.00
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Shrug Midi Dress
Enza Costa
$238.00
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$1,650.00
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Racer Back Draped Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$2,100.00
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Nina Midi Dress
Faithfull the Brand
$178.00
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Lark Plaid Midi Dress
Veronica Beard
$550.00
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Colorblock Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$2,125.00
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$198.00
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Cold Shoulder Midi Dress
Victoria Beckham
$1,680.00
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$560.00
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$650.00
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$350.00
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Layered Lace Midi Dress
Needle & Thread
$634.00
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Le Roch Midi Dress
Faithfull the Brand
$208.00
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$520.00
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Dove Colorblock Midi Dress
Elizabeth and James
$295.00
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Boat Neck Midi Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$898.00
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Midi Wrap Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$428.00
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Strapless Smocked Midi Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$868.00
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Bias Midi Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$498.00
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Boat Neck Midi Dress 
Diane Von Furstenberg
$698.00
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Midi Wrap Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$428.00
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$74.00 $22.97
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$198.00
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Pleated Flutter-Sleeve Midi Dress
McQ Alexander McQueen
$685.00
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$550.00
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Strappy Cutout Midi Dress
T by Alexander Wang
$145.00
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