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Elevate your everyday style with the season’s most covetable midi dresses

Street-style midi dresses (l-r): Marie Hindkær, Sara Flaaen, Thora Valdimars

The long and the short of it? A great midi dress is the easiest way to overhaul your everyday look. Here’s how…

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The midi dress hasn’t always been considered the most exciting sartorial option, thanks to the assumption that it lacks both the drama of a maxi and the allure of a mini. However, in recent seasons, it has gone from fail-safe to bona-fide closet essential – and FW20 is no exception.

Championed by agenda-setting labels including Loewe and Paco Rabanne, this season, the collections were dominated by faintly vintage-inspired, floral styles. Evocative of 1970s romance, voluminous sleeves, billowing skirts and gently cinched waists combine to make these feminine pieces both ultra-flattering and endlessly wearable. It goes without saying that they’d work with luxe leather sandals and a basket bag during the warmer months, but, toughened up with a pair of FW20’s must-have combat boots and finished with an oversized cardigan, these effortless dresses also make for an enviable trans-seasonal look.

Of course, the versatility of the midi also extends to occasion, and if you’re planning the perfect return-to-work look, Alexa Chung’s hammered satin shirt dress is sure to make a good impression. Styled with square-toed mules and an oversized tote bag, it strikes the perfect balance between practical and polished. Heading for after-hours drinks? Barely-there sandals and statement earrings will elevate your outfit in an instant. When it comes to all-out glamour, it would be hard to beat Rosetta Getty’s leopard-print midi. Even if the ‘new normal’ renders party season a more subdued affair this year, finished with elegant flats, sheer tights and a sprinkling of diamonds, this trophy piece promises to bring a sense of ceremony to even the most intimate affair.

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