The best midi dresses are hands-down one of the hardest working wardrobe pieces you will ever own. With a throw-on-and-go appeal, a midi dress needs minimal styling making it perfect for everything from those busy mornings and nothing-to-wear days, to important summer occasions.
Flattering and oh-so-stylish, midi dresses have serious day-to-night wearability. Comfy enough to lounge around in yet smart enough to be dressed up for the evening, the best midi dresses will work for a huge range of occasions. Not too long and not too short, a midi dress flatters all figures sitting neatly between your knees and ankles. A stylish length that always feels appropriate. A winning silhouette, while there are numerous trend-led iterations on the market right now, stick to classic prints and colors such as florals and polka dots, and your midi frock is guaranteed to never go out of style.
“Our fashion habits have certainly changed over the past year with eco-conscious shoppers looking to invest in wardrobe staples that can work for the office and the weekend and this is where the midi dress really excels,” says Paula Moore, Fashion Director at woman&home.
An all-year-round staple too. Opt for midi dresses with shorter sleeves in the summer and layer over a fine roll-neck during a cold spell or add a stylish sweater vest for extra warmth. When it comes to your footwear you can toughen up the feminine frock with the best Chelsea boots or add a sporty spin with the best white trainers. Not forgetting to swap to some killer heels for the evening. In truth, there isn’t a pair of shoes that won’t go with your midi dresses.
Best midi dresses chosen by fashion experts
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With a plethora of midi dresses on the market, we’ve rounded up our favorite and most flattering styles that you can buy now and love forever.
RRP: $225 / £145 | The best green dresses are a sure-fire winner this summer, with both pink and green being key players in the fashion color trends 2022. This satin jade green dress will be the star of the show at summer events. Ideal if you're stuck on what to wear to a wedding, the tie waist, button detailing and bias cut skirt give this look an elegant finish.
RRP: $170 / £99 | The best midi dresses are utterly versatile and this couldn't be more true than when it comes to this design. With a cowl V-neckline for a flattering fit across the bust, the print makes this a show stopper. The tailored silhouette allows you to pair this with your best blazer for the office or dress it up with bright heels for an occasion.
RRP: $275 / £215 | One of the best pink dresses, this 100% cotton poplin dress is ideal for the summer. The ruched waist, cuffed puffed sleeves and flattering V-neckline help to add structure and definition to this floaty frock and accentuate an hourglass body shape. The full skirt and gathered waistline also make this one of the most stylish dresses to hide a tummy.
RRP: $250 / £140 | Sustainably sourced, the delicate fabric and pastel color renders this dress wedding-ready. The ruffled bodice and pleated skirt make it an ideal wedding guest look, or it could be worn as one of the best bridesmaid dresses or rehearsal dinner dresses. The fabric belt helps to accentuate a waist, while the ruffled shoulder detail offers light upper arm coverage.
RRP: $148 / £140 | If you're still wondering, what is boho style? Look no further than Free People to channel this look. With a bust-flattering square neckline and romantic puff sleeves, this sweet floral dress offers a pretty and floaty silhouette, ideal for warmer weather. The scattered print adds a pop of brightness and ensures this summer frock will always be in style.
RRP: $79.99 / £49.99 | One of the big denim trends 2022, jean dresses have made a welcome return to the runways and our wardrobes. This sleeveless denim midi dress is a great option, layered over a white shirt for a directional finish. The five-pocket design makes this dress ideal for everyday wear when running errands, whilst the front slit offers a feminine twist.
RRP: $63 / £38 | Nail those summer picnic outfit ideas with this fun checked gingham dress. If you're looking for something a little more casual for warmer months, this free-flowing dress is available in sizes 18-26, making it one of the best plus size dresses this summer. The puff sleeves and ruched cuffs add a point of difference to the summery style.
RRP: £44 (International delivery) | Midi dresses work for all occasions and if you're wondering what to wear to a job interview, this cowl neck, curve dress is a great option for fuller figures. The khaki hue ensures you can wear this design through to Fall too. The side tie detail creates a little light ruching, that will skim midriffs and offer a stylish finish.
RRP: $69.90 / £49.99 | Spanish clothing brand Zara, never disappoints when it comes to the best midi dresses. This linen and cotton blend dress combines the two best summer fabrics to help keep you cool whilst also nailing the Coastal Grandmother trend. With two front pockets and a contrast belt, this look will pair perfectly with your favorite espadrilles for formal day wear.
RRP: $395 / £423.38 | Broderie Anglaise dresses are a summer staple and this gorgeous midi dress design offers extra fashion flare with romantic ruffles and scalloped edges. The oversized shoulder panels add upper arm coverage, while the intricate back bow detailing further adds to the charm of this dress. Pair with espadrilles for the ultimate holiday evening look.
RRP: $150 / £98 | With throw-on-and-go appeal, this jersey iteration is ideal for every day. One of the best petite dresses, it features a relaxed fit through the bodice, with added embellishment in the form of an embroidered bib and cuff detailing. With a tie waist belt for an adjustable fit, this is a real summer winner and ideal for what to wear on a plane.
RRP: $204 / £119 | Flattering on an hourglass figure, this monochromatic printed dress with a tie waist will be your next summer statement piece. Puff sleeves and ladder-stitch trims give this dress a polished and feminine finish, while the black ad white print ensures this dress will never date. Team with kitten heels or wedges for an elegant look.
RRP: $69.90 / £49.99 | A winner when it comes to the printed dress department, Zara makes some of the best midi dresses - there's a design for every taste and style. This gorgeous pink and green iteration features a ruffled hem and V-neckline to create a flattering silhouette whilst the loose fit will provide optimum comfort for long days in warmer weather.
RRP: $475 / £306 | With a vintage-inspired look, this poplin dress has puff sleeves, a high ruched waist and a ruffle collar, offering a romantic look that skims a midriff and flatters all figures. Whilst the micro floral print is subtle, the added color elevates the dark base of the dress and makes it wearable in cooler months with opaque tights and the best winter boots.
RRP: $325 / £299 | The summer midi dress of dreams, this silk baby blue design will solve your summer sartorial crisis in a flash. From what to wear to the races, to being on of the best wedding guest dresses, this one can do it all. With an on-trend pastel base and fun abstract print, you can easily style this dress up with the best designer heels or comfortable flats - pass us a hat, we're ready.
RRP: $111 / £60 | Kermit green is one of the biggest fashion trends of 2022 and this River Island frock certainly got the memo. Ideal for a summer vacation, the tiered frills, ruffle detailing and bold hue make this one standout dress that brings elegance and fun together seamlessly. Featuring a cap sleeve, this dress is a great option for those after some upper arm coverage.
RRP: £29.99 (International Delivery) | The best shirt dresses make for easy summer outfits for work and this charcoal grey satin shirt dress is ideal for warm-weather style. Sleek and floaty you can still look smart in the heat, with the grandad color adding a twist to the classic shirt dress design. The self-fabric tie waistband allows you to adjust the fit as desired.
RRP: $330 / £198 | If you're attending the infamous tennis tournament this year but are still stuck on what to wear to Wimbledon, look no further than this tailored Reiss dress. Paired with a light-colored blazer and a pair of wedges, this dress works perfectly for any event, also coupling up as chic office day wear. The ruched front adds a midriff flattering finish.
What are midi dresses and why are they so popular
Not as short as a mini or as long as a maxi, a midi dress hits that sweet spot in-between - falling just below the knee and above the ankle.
“The midi length is universally flattering, making it a hugely popular choice. Where a midi dress might overwhelm a petite frame or a mini dress feel too short on a taller frame, the midi dress is the perfect compromise for both figures,” says Moore.
What are the most popular midi dress styles
Midi dresses come in many iterations making it easy to find a style to suit you.
Wrap: The wrap dress is classic thanks to its universally flattering silhouette. With a v-neckline and a tie-waist to cinch you in, it’s feminine and flirty and a stylish choice for date night.
Shirt: Give boyish tailoring a feminine flair with the best shirt dresses. All the polish of a shirt but with the ease of a dress, a shirt dress is a perfect choice for your 9-5. The best part? Add trainers and you’ve got a sleek weekend look too.
Trapeze: As well as being one of the best dresses to hide a tummy, a trapeze dress has that laid-back aesthetic that makes it easy to wear every day, whether you’re working from home or running errands. “With comfort being key this past year, the trapeze silhouette has certainly risen up the fashion ranks. It has an oversized, relaxed fit that simply hangs from the bust down so there’s no restricting waistband,” says Moore.
Smock: Smocked dresses are a popular choice for the fuss-free summer style. With a square neckline and a flowy skirt, they ooze romance especially when paired with picnic prints and pastel hues.
Knitted: Want to stay cozy but smart too? Enter the knitted dress. From oversized fits to bodycon, the knitted midi dress is your winter best friend. Team with heeled boots to take it from the boardroom to the bar.
Slip: The '90s slip dress came back with a bang a few seasons ago and it’s still going strong. As well as being a summer staple, once you learn how to style a slip dress, you'll realize this strappy dress can be layered over a fine roll neck during the colder months, as well as over t-shirts in the summer, making it super versatile.