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 years, it has gone from fail-safe to bona-fide closet essential – and SS21 is no exception.
Championed by agenda-setting labels including Bottega Venata and Loewe, this season, the collections were dominated by form-fitting knitted styles. Evocative of ’90s minimalism, bodycon silhouettes, unexpected cutouts and neutral palettes combine to make these luxe pieces both ultra-flattering and endlessly wearable. It goes without saying that they’d work with sneakers and sunglasses during the warmer months, but, toughened up with a pair of combat boots and finished with an oversized blazer, 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 looking for a day-to-night option, Bottega Veneta’s leather-trimmed ribbed midi dress is sure to tick all the boxes. Styled with Chelsea boots and an oversized tote bag, it strikes the perfect balance between practical and polished. Want to dress up? Long boots and statement earrings will elevate your outfit in an instant. When it comes to evening elegance, it would be hard to beat Proenza Schouler’s draped two-tone midi dress.
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