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In Praise Of The Midi Dress: This Season’s Standout Styles

Whether you’re updating your everyday wardrobe, heading to a sophisticated event or shopping for a vacation, these sensational midi dresses can be dressed up or down for myriad occasions and have love-forever appeal

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Take center stage in new-season midis such as Rodarte’s neutral dress, Ulla Johnson’s purple puff-sleeve style and Valentino’s one-shouldered showstopper

The midi dress is arguably one of the most versatile garments in the modern wardrobe. Suitable for every day, thanks to its easy-wearing silhouette and ability to feel both smart and casual, its hybrid length provides designers with the perfect blank canvas for experimentation – whether that be in silhouette, fabric or color form.

This season, designers have taken that to task with an array of artful iterations that will bolster your everyday and evening wardrobes. Color is a major theme for SS22 and, rendered in technicolor, these midi dresses feel fresh whether worn on or off duty. Cormio’s tennis-inspired vest dress, rendered in a fluoro neon, is the perfect beach-to-bar number, while those in the mood for something refined will love Victoria Beckham’s satsuma-hued wrap-effect dress, which is ideal for work or a wedding. Elsewhere, Valentino’s one-shoulder Grecian-style gown in a fresh, lime green is anything but classic.

Looking for something more whimsical? Simone Rocha, Les Rêveries and Proenza Schouler amp up the femininity with painterly iterations that are voluminous in silhouette and pretty in pattern, while La DoubleJ champions artisanal craft with textural crochet designs that feel particularly vacation-worthy.

Of course, a midi dress is a forever ally, and a tonal style that’s polished and practical for everyday wear will always be a worthy addition to wardrobes; look to Rodarte and Co for pieces that can take you from boardroom to brunch and bar with ease. Comfortable, chic and perennially modern, a midi dress will always be a go-to – no matter what your diary holds.

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