I Just Spent Hours Searching for the Best Midi Dresses for Spring

April 21, 2022 at 08:00AM

Avalon Afriyie wears one of her favourite spring midi dresses.

I’m a firm believer that midi dresses can be worn year-round and styled in myriad ways, whether that’s with a polo-neck and knee-high boots, an oversized jumper or wrap styles worn untied like a flowy bohemian-style cardi. However, come spring, when our choices are less about retaining heat under bundled layers and more about fanciful styling, the midi dress really comes into its own. I’m already envisaging flocking through tufts of overgrown grass and picnicking with friends at the mere thought of wearing a dress without tights.

The efficiency of the spring midi dress is one of its many appeals. In one step, you’re dressed head to toe, with only accessories and outerwear to mull over. They’re just the right length to make you feel warm enough on blustery days yet light enough to see you through stickier temperatures. The same goes for day-to-night styling. Trainers with midi dresses are a match made in heaven, and for eveningwear, swap a coat for a jacket or longline blazer and slip-on heels.

Monikh Dale wears a green floral spring midi dress. 

The last few years have seen this style somewhat elevated. We’re seeing puff sleeves, perforated knits, slits and cut-outs, balancing the proportions of fabric-heavy styles, and best of all, they’re timeless.

This season, expect to see midis in a rich jewel-toned pallet with a healthy dose of florals to boot. (It wouldn’t be spring styling without them.) Also, powder blue, burnt sienna, greens spanning from emerald to chartreuse and cocoa browns are dominating this year, in addition to classic neutrals. 

Below is a curation of the best spring midi dresses that have caught my eye lately, from high-street to high-end. If you too go weak at the knees for a midi, you’re in for a real treat.

This has just launched, but it’s already in my basket. 

It wouldn’t be a springtime edit without a Sleeper dress. It’s a toss-up between this and the ivory.

Clementine season is far from over.

This is one of my favourite dresses. The cost per wear is next to nothing. I’ve worn it with everything from trainers to boots. 

I’m so impressed by the attention to detail on this spring dress. 

Nothing says sunshine quite like a cotton dress. 

The pleated waistline on this dress creates the most beautiful tailored silhouette. 

Christopher Esber is having a moment. The button-closure detail provides ample styling opportunities.

Between the colour and the print, this dress ticks so many boxes for me.

Balloon sleeves, crochet lace and an underlay for chillier days. Tick, tick and tick.

This particular shade of pink feels intrinsically 2022. 

Double denim without even trying.

Ocassionwear never looked so good. This could even double up as a casual wedding dress!

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Party-dress puff sleeve but for every day. I’d wear it with slip-on sandals.

In case you were in any doubt, lilac is very much in this spring. 

This dress will be in your wardrobe for years to come.

I’m really into this graphic take on springtime florals. 

Cut-outs are undoubtedly one of the biggest dress trends of 2022. This is how to do them chicly. 

This shirt dress will help you to unlock so much outfit styling potential. 

A knitted dress that still feels suitably springlike. 

Key-lime pie with a gorgeous check motif—what a special piece!

Navy makes for a chic alternative to black dresses in spring. 

This looks so high-end. 

Next up, our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2022.

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

Author Avalon Afriyie | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC

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