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The 28 Best Midi Dresses Make Up an Entire Wardrobe
Name a time or place—a midi dress works for it.
On any given day at the BAZAAR office, editors are tackling designer interviews and refining major spring 2023 trend guides while wearing the best midi dresses. Midi dresses possess the same work-friendly polish as the best black blazers and a fluid suit set pant, with unique cuts, lengths, and patterns that give each one extra personality. No two editors own the exact same midi dresses, but they all share the same elevated attitude.
To me, a fashion editor and midi dress connoisseur, Dôen, Tove, and Staud are a few of the many labels designing the best midi dresses right now. What sets my most worn dresses apart can be hard to put into words. I know my favorites on a style-by-style basis: one hits at the exact height for accentuating a tall leather boot, another has a swishy skirt that turns a walk down the hallway into a strut. Aside from midi lengths that inspire big feelings, I asked Alison Cohn, deputy fashion news editor and a fellow midi dress expert, to define the essential qualities of the best versions worth shopping. She told me, "The perfect midi dress balances structure and softness, with a flowy skirt and a more fitted bodice. I particularly love shirt dress styles."
Spring 2023′s Best Midi Dresses
This Ruffled Midi Dress
Alessandra Rich Ruffled Polka Dot Midi DressRead more
This Tie-Dye Shirt Dress
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This Modern Midi Dress
Karen Kane Colorblock Midi DressRead more
This Twisted Dress
TOVE Iona Twisted Smocked Midi-DressRead more
This Body-Hugging Dress
Mara Hoffman Mereba DressRead more
Many of the best midi dresses feel brand-new after a few wears simply by exchanging your footwear, Cohn added. "I style them with knee-high boots for an easy approach to transitional dressing and flat or block heel sandals once it’s warm outside," she said. Experimenting with layers—like a tissue-thin bodysuit under a sleeveless style, or a half-tucked sweater over a dress with a full skirt—also extends their longevity.
Whether you're after a tailored work dress or laid-back florals, the best midi dresses will become true wardrobe heroes. Ahead, shop 28 midi dresses with the same year-round wearability as BAZAAR editors' favorites.
Halie LeSavage is the fashion commerce editor at Harper's BAZAAR. Her style reporting covers everything from reviewing the best designer products to profiling emerging brands and designers. Previously, she was the founding retail writer at Morning Brew and a fashion associate at Glamour.
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