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.
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
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.
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
Clockwise, 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.
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
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