One dress to rule them all – there’s nothing that these effortlessly chic, ultra-versatile midi dresses can’t do.
When it comes to curating our spring wardrobes, we’re looking for pieces that work as hard as we do. From the timeless trench coat to the investment handbags that we’ll love to wear for years to come, we’re looking for the pieces that we really can’t live without. As the days start to get longer our thoughts are turning to one item in particular: the perfect new season dress.
Buying less starts with buying better, we’re not looking to buy a different disposable dress for every occasion, instead we want to invest in a dress that hit all the right style notes at every event in our calendar. It needs to be versatile enough to take us straight from the office to drinks and dinner (because who has time to go home and change?) and be chic enough to work for a birthday brunch, but not so formal that they can’t be styled for a spring evening spent on a rooftop terrace.
Oh, and if they could offer just the right amount of sophistication to be worn for a summer wedding too, that would be ideal. Us, demanding? Well, of course. While our list of criteria for the perfect dress might sound impossible to meet, there is one piece that really can tick every box.
Enter the wardrobe hero that is the midi dress.
From the mood-boosting florals that will spark joy in your wardrobe to the broderie anglaise beauty that will keep you feeling cool when the office starts to get stuffy, these are the midi dresses that are going above and beyond to earn their hero status.
This vintage-inspired floral print midi dress is the piece that will see you through every occasion in your iCal. Style with statement earrings and squared-toed heels for a chic wedding guest look or wear with chunky-soled dad trainers and an oversized blazer for a laidback weekend style.
A classic wrap dress never goes out of style, and this blue gingham style will be your brunch, BBQ and evening drinks companion all season long. If it feels too floaty, slip on a chunky cardigan belted at the waist and add a pair of black combat boots.
While a trouser suit might have worked all winter long, dressing for the office can become tricky in the warmer weather. This broderie anglaise dress will keep you cool on the office commute when temperatures start to climb, and is chic enough to work for evening events too.
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Puff sleeves are the silhouette that you’ll be seeing everywhere this season, and for good reason: they’re playful, stylish and effortlessly easy to wear. Combine the trend with a timeless midi dress and you have your new wardrobe best friend for this season, and more to come.
Rotate Birger Christensen
If Copenhagen Fashion Week has left you longing to inject your wardrobe with a dose of Scandi style, look no further than Danish label de jour, Rotate Birger Christensen. This zebra print puts a playful spin on typical monochrome designs while the combination of puffed sleeves and a side-slit skirt creates a sophisticated silhouette.
The beauty of this long sleeved midi dress is that it works all year round. On cold winter mornings layer a turtleneck jumper underneath for a fashion-forward office appropriate look and on sunny spring days simply slip on a pair of square toe sandals and let this statement print work its magic for alfresco drinks.
Bold 70s-inspired prints are big news this spring, and Topshop’s floral take on the trend has to be one of our favourites. This mood-boosting shade of green will brighten up even the greyest of mornings. Wear underneath an aviator jacket for a look that is pure bohemian glamour or toughen up the look with a pair of white ankle boots.
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