A dress is more than just a dress…it’s a mini, a maxi, a midi, a casual throw-on style, a work-friendly frock, or a full glam gown.

Midi Dresses

Long live the midi dress! The hem generally skims the mid-calf but can also end just below the knee or a couple of inches above the ankle.

Midi dresses are flattering on most heights, but especially taller gals. Shorter folk should opt for midi dresses that end closer to the knee than the ankle to avoid looking like you’re simply wearing a too-short maxi.

 Midi dresses are an all-rounder when it comes to catering to different occasions; they’re demure enough for work while stylish and freeing enough for leisure and a good old party!

Midi’s often have a very vintage feel about them, evoking images of classic 1940s style, making them excellent for formalwear when you just can’t face a full-on maxi gown. In short? The midi dress is always appropriate.

The example below is the ‘Something Good’ midi dress from Showpo

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Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses have come back into style over the past few years and it’s a glorious thing. Maxi dresses allow you to neglect shaving and fake tanning your legs while protecting your pins from the sun on those scorching Summer days.

Now, some may think that maxi dresses are only for the taller people of the world, but it’s not true. As long as the dress is properly hemmed, a maxi length flatters all body types and heights.

Floaty, strapless maxi dresses are a casual Summer staple for the beach or countryside wandering. Closer-cut maxi dresses or those with a fallen shoulder, cutout, or embellishment are great for nights out. And of course, the maxi gown belongs to black tie events and weddings.

The example below is the ‘One For The Money’ maxi dress from Showpo

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Mini Dresses

Now we come to the mini dress, the hero of the 1960s, and the surprisingly versatile, leg-baring style. The mini dress is miraculous in the way it flatters all heights and can be made demure or daring with a little styling.

The trick with the mini dress is not to go too mini. Look in the mirror and make sure that the skirt’s hem is falling to the part of the thigh that just begins to taper before the knee. A too-short hemline will make your proportions look a little out of whack (unless you are slender to supermodel levels!).

The example below is the ‘Cant Move On’ mini dress from Showpo

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Conclusion

The key to picking a dress is that your dress should work for you, not the other way round. Get yourself to the mall and try on a range of lengths, colours, and silhouettes to figure out the best length and style for you.

Be daring and try things you may not usually pick from the rack…you may surprise yourself.