Whether it skims just below the knee or hangs mid-calf, the versatile midi-dress can see you through different seasons and flatter many figures – making it a staple piece in French wardrobes. And the classic shirt dress offers even more styling ideas.

There are dozens of ways to wear this season’s must-have style – the striped shirt midi-dress – but here are five of our favourites from our fashionista friends:

1. Keep it simple

The beauty of the mid-length dress is its ability to be worn alone – it’s an item you can throw on with little effort and guarantee you’ll look good.

Amy puts the striking shape and elegant length of the dress centre stage, wearing it loose with minimal accessories. Pair your midi with a clutch bag and your favourite heels for a simple and chic day to night outfit, or inject animal print to give your look a tough edge.

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“I found this dress extremely easy to style due to its simplicity, and I managed to create a very wearable look” – Amy, Salt and Chic

2. Layer it

Get the most out of your midi all year round by adding a trench, leather jacket or chunky knit to combat chilly weather. Claire teams her dress with a jacket and boots for transitional style.

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 “With a lightweight jacket and my trusty black ankle boots, I absolutely love this outfit” – Claire, Sitting Pretty

3. Smarten it up

Modest, stylish and practical, midi-dresses are perfect for work. Adding a colour coordinated smart jacket, heels and bag can make an otherwise simple outfit chic and office-friendly.

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 “I’m a sucker for beige right now and this sleeveless coat works really well layered over the knee-length dress” – Hayley, Frock Me I’m Famous

4. Dress it down

Don’t be afraid to dress your midi down. Achieve an off-duty look by adding a pair of converse, throwing on a chunky knit or simply unbuttoning and layering.  We love how Claire wore her dress as a duster-style jacket over skinny jeans – perfect for the weekend.

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 “This is the kind of look I would wear out for dinner and drinks as it’s comfy yet looks like I’ve made an effort!” – Claire, Sitting Pretty

5. Belt it

Slightly altering the shape of a dress can create an entirely new look, so emphasise your silhouette by cinching the waist of your midi-dress with a belt.

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“This is a really different take on the dress with a bit of layering which is always great at this time of year when it can be a bit nippy!” – Amy, Salt and Chic

By adding a belt here and a clutch bag there, the midi-dress caters for any occasion, making it a must-have wardrobe staple. View our collection here at La Redoute.

For more outfit inspiration, check out our Outfit Of The Day Pinterest board  – the latest La Redoute looks, styled by you.

 

Sophie
Words and retro style are my passions. When not writing I love inspiration hunting in second-hand shops.

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