The midi dress, that essential shin-grazing style that will constantly serve you up countless looks, no matter the occasion. This wardrobe staple is imagined in so many different looks, styles and silhouettes, making it the perfect base for an outfit draped with layers or for wearing all on its own for a more minimal mood. The layering potential of the midi dress makes it the perfect trans-seasonal piece for your collection, particularly handy for when that first autumn freshness begins to set in. Learn to layer right, and you’ll find that your mini dress can take you from summer to autumn, all the way through winter and spring and back again! Here are fall’s must-have midi dresses to perfect your trans-seasonal style…
One shoulder wonder
A one shoulder midi dress is a beautifully unique silhouette that is ideal if you’re looking to switch up your autumn style. Look for a sumptuous emerald tone gown imagined in a shiny material for a magnetic choice that can take you from day to night. Layer with Burgundy knee high boots, a cashmere shawl and a small leather clutch for the epitome of undone evening elegance that is set for the fall’s cool air.
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Creative cut outs
Cut out components refreshes both the silhouette of your dress and your own frame, too. Look for dynamic waist cut outs or an innovative carved neckline with either angular geometric shapes or softly curved circles for an elegant update on the classic midi dress shape. You can layer on a sheer long sleeve lace or mesh top underneath to keep the focus on the contrast of your cut outs while still keeping cosy in the fresh air.
The floral print lends an effortlessly feminine and irresistibly charming tone to the classic midi dress. Look for a delicate silhouette with floating puff sleeves, a cinched waist and a full, voluminously sweeping skirt cut in an A-line shape for the perfect canvas to your dainty floral print. Smaller, rounded flower prints will blend well with the effeminate nature of your dress. Pair with tan ankle boots, an oversized wool coat and your favourite carry-all leather handbag to effortlessly update your everyday autumn ensembles.
The midi dress is already romantic all on its own, but add frills, layered ruching or an off-the-shoulder neckline? You’ll find that you can up the romanticism ten fold. Pair with block-soled leather mules and a swathing cosy knit scarf for evening or simply layer on a soft knit cardigan or leather jacket and add sneakers or ankle boots for a glamorous day-time look that will keep you comfortable yet strikingly chic no matter where you’re headed.
The right midi dress can even set you up for a stunning impression at cocktail hour, parties or more formal events. Look for striking elements such as layered beading, tiered feathers or sheer panels married with delicate lace for a beautiful evening ensemble. Layer with sheer tights, your favourite pair of heels and a knitted shawl to stay protected yet polished all night long.
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