Fashion Trends for Winter 2010: Midi dresses

Maxi dresses were popular all summer, and mini dresses are popular almost ALL the time, which means that the midi dress has been due a revival for a while now, and this winter the fashion powers-that-be have decided it’s going to get one.

Now, the midi (or mid-calf length) is a notoriously difficult length to wear. It hits right at the widest part of the calf, which isn’t always flattering, and the length can also look just a tad frumpy if you’re not careful.

Still, midi dresses are currently finding their way into lots of our favourite stores, so if you do want to give the look a go, our advice is to:

a) Go for a fairly fitted style: sack-like dresses that hit at mid-calf are as frumpy as it gets, but a fitted style can actually look rather elegant, and the longer length of the dress makes it easier to get away with a bodycon fit without looking like you’re going clubbing.

b) Go for high heels, to help make your legs look longer and slimmer, and stop the dress from looking dowdy.

What does everyone think of midi dresses (or skirts, for that matter)? Will you give them a go, or just sticking to whatever your usual hem length of choice is?

(All dresses pictured: Dorothy Perkins)


  • August 31, 2010


    As I am quite tall, most ‘knee-length’ dresses end up being two or three inches higher than they ought to hit so I tend to look on midi dresses as a possible solution for that. But mid-calf length dresses by nature hit right on the thickest part of the lower leg and why would anyone want to draw attention there? If I see one I love and it fits otherwise like a dream, I’ll buy the dress and hem it appropriately up to my knees.

  • August 31, 2010


    I’m quite excited by the MIDI. I am 5ft 8 and most of the floral style tea dresses that have been in the shops recently have been far too short for me. Unfortunately I don’t have thin legs so I’m always very aware that people may not want to see me wobbling along.

    I’m looking forward to trying the Midi dress afterall I loved the maxi and still do. (I remember when the maxi came in a few years ago being really unsure about it.)

  • August 31, 2010


    Im very short and with wide calves…this would not be a good look for me. unless fat midget was indeed what I was aiming for

  • August 31, 2010

    Lady Metal

    Something I’ll be totally avoiding…unless I want to look shorter than ever.

  • August 31, 2010


    I wish I could. My legs are thin enough for it, but said calves are bizarrely short compared to the rest of me and it doesn’t work.

  • September 1, 2010


    I can pull off that length so I’ve got no problem with it.

  • September 2, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    Yay, hurray, better start saving now! :-)
    I have a similar problem with knee-length dresses as Alys, so am glad about this news. Only snag is, I hope they’re not as tight as the dresses I seem to have tried on recently – I’m not usually confident enough to walk round doing a Jlo impression…