You’ll wear this one dress so many times, the cost per wear will be pennies…
Ah, January: the time for making resolutions. Some we may keep, and others we’ll break within the first two days (someone has to finish off the festive chocs, right?). But if one of your pledges is to be savvier with your spending in 2019 – or to be more conscious about the fashion choices you make – then there’s one particular style of dress that you should take note of.
In fact, you probably already own a dress like this already. It’s universally flattering, works with tights (hallelujah) and can be found everywhere from high street shops to designer boutiques. Yes – it’s the midi dress.
While you should look to the January sales for staple pieces like cashmere and leather, we’ve done some digging and reckon that the best midi dresses currently in the shops are new stock.
From a Topshop python-print number that’s bound to be the next It frock, to Ganni’s new must-have floral wrap, these are dresses you’ll be able to style throughout 2019. Because when payday seems a lifetime away, it’s all about making clever purchases that’ll go the distance.
Be prepared to find your dream dress now…
Ganni floral-print wrap dress
The wrap dress literally suits every shape, size and style. Wear as a midi skirt for now by adding a chunky knit over the top, and style with lace-up-the-leg sandals for your summer hols.
Ganni floral-print wrap dress, £220
Topshop snake cutout midi dress
During the colder months, you’ll want to wear this dress layered over a bright polo neck with tights and knee-high boots. When it gets warmer, simply whip off the layers and add sandals and a straw bag. The possibilities are endless with this beauty.
Topshop snake cutout midi dress, £49
Mango check pattern midi dress
Pink is having such a moment this season that Mango has dedicated a whole section on their website to the hue. We want to wear this printed number with Western boots and multiple hair clips.
Mango check pattern midi dress, £59.99
Rejina Pyo cotton-blend midi dress
We can always rely on new season Rejina Pyo to make us want to ditch the spending ban. This powder blue, button-down beauty screams spring, but can be worn right now with teddy coats and chunky biker boots.
Rejina Pyo cotton-blend midi dress, £535
Miu Miu leopard print midi dress
Leopard print has been big – OK, massive – this season. It will still be everywhere for s/s 2019, so you’ll be able to wear this slip on repeat all year.
Miu Miu leopard print midi dress, £1,340
Zara check print dress
You’ve probably already seen this one all over your Instagram feed, beloved as it is by Brit influencers like fashion stylist Monikh Dale. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it’s also under £80 – so naturally we predict it has serious sell-out potential. Make like Dale by wearing it with a faux fur-trimmed coat and knee-high boots, and team with open-toe mules and shell jewellery in spring.
Zara check dress, £79.99
Rhode Resort tasselled floral print wrap dress
Punchy print, tasseled hem, wrap style – say hello to your dream summer dress. Invest now and style it up for winter with tan suede boots and a cream roll neck peeking out from underneath.
Rhode Resort tasselled floral print wrap dress, £305
& Other Stories belted wrap dress
This soft sage shade flatters all skin tones. Team with a coral lipstick and powder pink mules for an evening look that’ll never fail.
& Other Stories belted wrap dress, £89
Arket fluid long sleeve dress
Sometimes you look at a new dress and just know you’ll have a long-term relationship. That’s what we experienced when we laid eyes on this Arket navy midi. Effortless, timeless and all-round perfect for all occasions.
Arket fluid long sleeve dress, £99
Rixo Chloe crepe dress
Whether you’ve got another soirée in your diary, a winter wedding, or just like to be dressy – this frock will make an entrance. Trust us, you’ll wear it all year round.
Rixo Chloe crepe dress, £285
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