How To: Wear a Midi Dress

I peeked through my little sister’s closet the other day and discovered a stunning little collection of midi dresses. She has the midi dress look down on point, and it looks really good on her. Me, on the other hand…different story! I’ve been scared to wear dresses that hit anywhere near my calves, because I associate them with the frumpy, old grandma look. I’m far from grandma age, so I don’t need to look like one just yet! After seeing my sister’s gorgeous dresses, I thought I could pick up and share a few tips on how to wear a midi dress.

Here are some tips I’ve taken note of to rock the midi dress look this summer:

1. Pick a lighter fabric.
Choose a fabric that’s lighter in weight, so it’s comfortable, airy, and won’t add extra weight to your figure. The dress I’ve featured today is made out of cotton, so it’s very breathable – perfect for summer. The only problem is that it wrinkles easily, but nothing an iron can’t fix! Other fabric options I recommend are mesh and cotton voile.

2. Wear high heels/wedges to elongate your legs.
Midi dresses have the tendency to make you look stumpier than you really are, because they create the illusion of shortening the length of your legs. I’m a tiny 5′ 1″, and my calves are still large from my gymnastics days. So, midi dresses don’t help my situation unless I pair them with a good pair of heels. I’d keep them a shade of nude to further elongate the length of your legs, but a fun, strappy heel would work well, too!

3. Choose an A-line silhouette that hits at the correct length.
This silhouette is sure to flatter women of all body types, because it creates a very feminine figure by accentuating your waist. The trick is to make sure the length of the midi dress is flattering on Y-O-U, because a flattering hemline is different on everyone. Rule of thumb: thick calves are best off with a hemline just below the knee or 2-3 inches below the thickest point of your calves, while thinner calves should opt for a length just below the knee or right above mid-calf.

For more outfit details and my favorite summer midi dress picks under $150, keep scrolling!

This midi dress has a sweet mandarin collar, pretty navy embroidery, and fun tassel ties. Accessories were kept at a minimum to showcase the detailed embellishments on the front and the sleeves! It’s sure to make a reappearance this summer for brunch, church, and even summer weddings.

Here are some of my favorite under $150 summer midi dresses:

Have a favorite? Let me know down below! As always, thank you for stopping by on the blog today. I’ve been home for the last week, and I’ve had a fantastic time hanging out with family and eating lots of yummy, home-cooked food. I didn’t realize how much I missed it! I’ll be meeting a friend from grade school for lunch today, so I’m super excited to catch up on all the fun college shenanigans from the past year. Wishing you a great day, y’all!

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  1. 5.24.16

    Love the different prints of the ones you've featured. And that dress looks great on you! I'm pretty short too (5'3") so I've shied away from the longer dresses but your tips will help!

  2. 5.24.16
    Carrie C said:

    Really great tips, Sarah! Well done.


  3. 5.24.16
    Sarah said:

    Anita, thank you so much! I'm so glad you found the tips helpful. XO, Sarah

  4. 5.24.16
    Sarah said:

    Hi, Carrie! Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it. XO, Sarah

  5. 5.26.16
    cormeleon said:

    That's a pretty dress!

  6. 5.27.16
    Sarah said:

    Thanks so much, Mari! Happy Friday Eve! XO, Sarah