9 chic midi dresses to bookmark (and buy) for summer 2021

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Summer is just around the corner – so plan ahead for the sunshine with our edit of the best midi dresses to shop right now.

Ah, British summertime. A few blissful weeks of the year where, after spending what feels like eleven months in hibernation, we shed our winter layers and savour the feel of the sun on our skin. This is the time when all the milkmaid dresses, tropical prints, puff sleeve tops and silky skirts we’ve been collecting finally have their moment of glory, and our Instagram feed suddenly fills with a whirling rotation of colourful outfits announcing that summer is officially here.

Given the fleeting nature of said summertime, however, it’s never too early to start planning your warm weather outfits. And seeing as we’re all spending an inordinate amount of time indoors these days, we’ve now got the perfect opportunity to get a heads tart on finding the one wardrobe staple to win them all: the midi dress. 

Simple, airy and stylish, the midi dress is the ideal throw-on-and-go piece. Needless to say, it’s pretty much the perfect summer offering as lockdown restrictions ease, as we fancy a change of scenery from our weekday loungewear but aren’t in the mood to put together a complicated (or restrictive) outfit. 

The real beauty of midi dresses, however, lies in their staying power. Sure, you may be looking to bookmark a few chic pieces for your IRL catch-ups , but the humble midi will serve you well in seasons beyond, too. And with a new crop of spring/summer 2021 silhouettes now hitting the ‘new in’ sections online, there’s a style to suit everyone. 

From subtle polka dot prints and retro florals, to colour-block beauties that will spark joy in your wardrobe whatever the weather, these midi dresses go above and beyond to earn their hero status.

Shop best midi dresses

  • French Connection midi dress

    French Connection dress
    Best midi dresses: French Connection

    This style is a great round-the-clock style to add to your collection. Team with black sandals, an oversized blazer and you’ve got a look fit for the office (once offices are open again, of course). 

    Shop Tommy dress at French Connection, £60

  • Bimba Y Lola dress

    Bimba Y Lola dress
    Best midi dresses: Bimba Y Lola

    The ultimate throw-it-on-and-feel-great dress, this will go with everything from your summer Supergas to cool mules. You can never fail with a gingham dress for spring. 

    Shop red gingham dress at Bimba Y Lola, £175

  • New Look midi dress

    New Look dress
    Best midi dresses: New Look

    How perfect is this pink dress? The flattering ditsy print and puff sleeves with ruched detail makes it look way more expensive than the price tag. Well done, New Look. 

    Shop pink floral midi dress at New Look, £25.99

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