Mini Midi Maxi – what dress length are you?

Mini midi maxi. Three dress lengths dominate fashion, with none of them standing out more than the other. Whilst the 60s had the mini, the 70s had the maxi, and the 50s had the midi, in the 2010s, anything goes.

So, are you mini midi or maxi?! We love all three, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best in each length for you to choose from. We’re kind that way.

Lets start our mini midi maxi round-up with the shortest of hemlines – the mini. Really, a mini should be mid-thigh. But we reckon anything that sits above the knee is these days classed as a sort of mini. If it’s short, it’s mini. Choose your style and your mini length to suit your build, and the occasion. If you’ve got good legs, then flaunt them in the shortest of styles. Minis look fabulous in denim. They look great in simple styles. Shirt dresses work beautifully in this length.

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Clockwise, from top left: Belted denim look mini, £45, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, strapless cream jersey mini, £7.99, H&M, V-neck denim, £19.99, New Look, belted white shirt dress, £69, French Connection, blue lace, £27.99, New Look

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Clockwise, from top left: Black and blue pattern mini, £135, French Connection, floral straight mini, £95, French Connection, bird print, £59.95, White Stuff, geo cold shoulder print, £19.99, H&M, embroidered strapless black, £34, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams

The midi is the newest kid on the block in our fashion lives. Favoured in the 1940s and 1950s, it made a comeback in the 1980s, sort of hung around a bit in the 1990s, but really made a big impact on us when it appeared mid Noughties. It’s such an elegant length, but be careful with this if you are on the petite side – always wear heels. We love the midi in pencil shapes, and full skirts. We love it in prom dresses, and floaty beach dresses, and the hankie hem which has surfaced again this summer. It works in bold patterns, or simple florals. Denim looks fab in this length – team with wedges.

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Clockwise, from top left: Yellow floral dress, £19.99, New Look, block print dress, £55, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, bold print tunic shape, £14.99, H&M, denim halter neck, £44.95, GAP, floral bodycon midi, £24.99, New Look

Mini midi maxi midi oneClockwise, from left:White lace midi, £70, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, black fluted sleeve midi, £80, French Connection, lace and floral prom dress, £160, Debut @ Debenhams, orange Bardot neckline, £24.99, New Look, hankie hem lace midi, £29.99, H&M

The maxi dress comes straight out of the 1970s. Floaty, comfortable, forgiving; in its most casual form it’s the perfect summer day dress. In more fitted shapes it’s the perfect evening gown. Make sure you have at least one maxi in your wardrobe at all times. If you’re on the shorter side, just make sure you have fabulous heels, and try to go for a waisted look rather than an empire which can just emphasise your, ahem, shortcomings.

We love lace in maxi dresses. We love chiffon, and floaty fabrics. Simple floral prints, and floaty, hippy styles. Stripes look fab in this length.

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Clockwise, from left: Belted strappy maxi, £110, French Connection, striped twist front jersey maxi, £59.95, White Stuff, high neck striped, £29.99, H&M, lace panel maxi, £24.99, New Look, geometric panel side split maxi, £120, French Connection

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Clockwise, from top left: Brown print maxi, £45, Red Herring @ Debenhams, crochet stripe maxi, £24.99, New Look, ditsy floral print, £19.99, H&M, peach one shoulder maxi, £150, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, blue circle print jersey maxi, £59.95, White Stuff

Princess Style tips

Did you follow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to India in the last few weeks? We were all eyes on the Duchess,  to see exactly what she was wearing. We were impressed by Kate’s wardrobe – a mix of designer and high street, and a very mixed bag of trends.

We’ve picked out a few keye trends Kate kept to – and set  – on her Indian trip.

She clearly loves red and blue – very patriotic shades – and wore them a few times in various ways. Her Beulah red maxi dress was bright and bold, her Jenny Packham cobalt blue evening gown was rich and stunning.

Copy her style with red and blue in maxi form this spring.

Princess style red and blue

Clockwise, from top left: Blue patterned maxi dress, £59.99, H&M, red lace and pleated maxi, £60, BHS, floaty red maxi, £29.99, H&M, blue lace and pleated maxi, £60, BHS.

Kate also demonstrated that separates are as elegant and can be as formal as a gown. She chose a gorgeous Alexander McQueen red peplum top and skirt combo, as well as a beautiful monochrome Alice Temperley top and skirt two-piece.

Ape Kate’s style and love for the two piece at any occasion this summer with these lovely duos – from shorts and a top to a skirt and top, to floaty trousers and a top – they’re all perfect summer winners. Perfect Princess style!

Princess style top and bottoms

Patterned shorts, £14.99, and matching top, £14.99, orange crochet bra top, £17.99, and matching skirt, £22.99, all New Look.

BHS princess style matching top and trousers

Bold monochrome trousers, £35, and matching top, £25, BHS

Kate’s stunning cream midi Emilia Wickstead dress was simply, well, stunning. For a similar, but more laid-back, simple summer style, but still Princess style, choose a crisp, white or cream shirt dress.

princess style white dress

left, shirt dress, £35, BHS, right, shirt dress, £75, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams

Kate dipped into the boho trend for this season with a few lovely pieces – one of them a bespoke dress made by Mumbai-born deisgner, Anita Dongre. Cool, elegant, and free-spirited, you can get this Princess style with printed smock dresses and gorgeous cool cotton kaftans.

princess style smock dresses

Left: smock dress, £99, French Connection, right, blue and white maxi dress, £29.99, H&M

Kate’s beautiful Anna Sui green floral colum maxi dress was a stunning piece in her Indian wardrobe. Here’s similar from H&M, and if that’s not your style, then try a gorgeous maxi full of on-trend embroidery.

Princess Style maxi

Left, green maxi, £119.99, H&M, embroidered maxi dress, £250, French Connection

Finally, Kate chose a brace mint green shade in an Alice Temperley lace midi dress for once visit – and we found this similar style at H&M – a beautiful pastel for a wedding, perhaps?

H&M Princess style mint dress

Mint dress, £59.99, H&M