How Short Women Can Pull Off the Midi Dress

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The 5 Rules To Follow When Wearing a Midi Dress

Today, I will prove to you that short girls can indeed wear a midi dress.

While researching the midi dress I found out a lot of information stating that it’s hard to wear the midi dress length and some mentioned that you should not wear a midi dress or skirt at all. For example, Lauren Conrad’s blog mentioned that shorter gals should avoid this length altogether and stick to a dress or skirt that hits right above or below the knee.

I know it’s easy to look frumpy in a dress that hits mid-calf. I thought, “there has to be a way that I could pull off the midi dress”.

Generally speaking, when you want to appear slimmer you’ll want pieces to end at the slimmer part of your body. A great example of this rule is the cropped jacket which ends at your waist rather than wearing a longer jacket that ends at your hips. The cropped jacket emphasizes the slimmest parts.

In case you were wondering, the term “midi” is a dress or skirt length that is halfway between the knee and ankle (mid-calf).

Here are the 5 rules I follow when wearing a midi dress.

1. Select a length that is slightly above mid-calf: This dress actually creates the perfect illusion of a longer dress. The metallic dress underneath the mesh ends above mid-calf but the mesh ends slightly below mid-calf which helps distribute the fabric. If you can find a similar midi dress, I recommend it. You don’t want the midi dress to end exactly at mid-calf, which is the thickest part, rather just above it, which is a little slimmer.
2. Wear sexy strapped heeled sandals: To elongate the leg and combat the stumpy look that a midi dress might give wear high strapped heels. I’m referring to sexy minimal heel sandals that give you height without the extra weight of a clumpy shoe.
3. Go for a lighter fabric (like mesh): You want to select a fabric that is light doesn’t add much weight to your figure. Search for a layered dress, like the midi dress I’m wearing in this post. This metallic dress with the mesh window pane pattern layered over it gives the outfit a light and airy feel. This openness helps me avoid looking short and stocky.
4. Cinch in the waist with a belt: You don’t want to wear a midi dress without giving your waist definition, you’ll look like a short block of fabric. Make sure the midi dress you choose looks flattering with a waist belt.
5. Select a A-line silhouette. It is universally flattering and is the perfect silhouette every body type. Make sure to look for A-line silhouettes when selecting a midi dress. Why not, right? It accentuates your waist and flares out at the bottom to create a simple and elegant style.

The other thing I look for in a midi dress is that it’s simple and elegant.

My favorite style of dresses are those that offer elegance without the need for much accessories. These pieces are eye-catching even without accessories to make it stand out.

I hope this has helped my shorter readers feel confident enough to give midi dresses a try. Don’t be afraid to try a style out and make it your own, even when most say you should avoid it. If you love it, fantastic. If you don’t, at least you gave it a try and scratched the curiosity itch.

Let me know if you think I pulled of the midi dress. I’d love to hear how you feel about midi dresses.

Stay Stylish,
-V

Photos: @peterlang

PS: The fabulous dress I’m wearing in this post is from Donna Morgan.

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Outfit Details:

  • Midi Dress gifted from Donna Morgan
  • Clutch gifted from Magid
  • Heels from BCBG
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