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Maxi, Midi, or Mini: What’s the Right Dress Length for You?

By March 5, 2019Style

Dresses Deconstructed.

Fashion month is in full swing, and that means that the great and the good of the fashion industry will be descending upon London. Whilst the industry’s love-affair with trousers continues, skirts and dresses have seen something of a revival in recent seasons. But how do you know which length is right for you?

From maxi to mini, and with midi in-between, here’s everything you need to know about choosing a dress length to suit you:

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses have been in and out of vogue for decades. They have a nostalgic and bohemian feel that is perfect for beach holidays and long, lazy summer days. But the maxi dress can also be much more versatile than you might think.

Choose a maxi dress that ends at the ankle bone and pair with flat boots and your favourite leather jacket for a tried and tested everyday look that oozes fashion editor style. Alternatively, team a maxi dress with heels and a coordinating clutch, and you’ll be ready for any black tie event in a flash.

Don’t let your height put you off the maxi dress trend: as long as your dress is the right length, maxis will look just as good on shorter girls as they do on the tall girls of the catwalk.

Midi Dresses

Heavyweight knitted dresses are a key trend for this season, and the midi dress is at the forefront of this trend. This is a natural evolution from the jumper and midi skirt look that fashionistas have been wearing all winter. It’s slicker, streamlined and looks great paired with a spring-appropriate oversized blazer or leather jacket.

Midi dresses are the perfect length for embracing this trend. Look for one that skims rather than clings to your curves, and is in a mid to heavy weight so that it will hang naturally on your frame.

Top Tip: When styling a midi dress, pair it with heels rather than with flats or kicks.  The awkward midi length can make your calves and lower body look wider; heels will add balance to this, elongating your frame and pulling the whole look together.

Mini Dresses

If you have legs that go on forever and want to show them off, then mini dresses are the perfect choice for you. But that doesn’t mean that petite girls can’t embrace the mini skirt too: they’re a great option for elongating legs and making you look taller.

The mini dress just oozes minimalist charm and cuteness. Pair a mini shift dress with a simple polo neck sweater or plain long-sleeved tee to modernise and winter-proof it. Alternatively, look for a flippy, floral print mini dress in either cotton or chiffon for a feminine look that is perfect for spring.