The midi dress is a great blend of casual and stylish, that transitions through seasons with an effortless chic that can be dressed up or down—a total closet staple. I share a round-up of my top picks that are travel-friendly too!
Best Midi Dress Picks
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We’ve all heard of a mini dress and a maxi dress, but what is a midi dress? A midi dress is when the hem finishes at a point between the knee and the ankle, on your calf. To keep it flattering try not to let this be the widest point of your calf, but more as it tapers, so it may hit a couple of inches below the knee or a few inches above the ankle.
The beauty of this length is that it works throughout different seasons, and there are styles that suit all climates, from a strappy summer midi dress to a formal long sleeve midi dress. I personally love them for travel or anything business-related I have going on. They add a bit of classy dash!
Working hard in my white midi dress in London
Plus they’re so easy to accessorize for different events and seasons. Swap out sandals and a floppy hat, for a faux leather jacket and boots, and you have one dress and two looks that both are equally as chic!
I’ve looked for the best out there, making sure they’re packable and travel-friendly so you can include a midi dress (or two) in your next carry-on only capsule wardrobe!
Best Midi Length Dresses
Milumia Bohemian Print Midi Dresses
Be a bohemian queen in this wrap midi dress from Milumia. The empire line wrap closure and V-neckline are flattering and accentuate a larger bust. (but be aware you may want to wear a cami beneath if you want to be a little more modest)
Wearers love this short sleeve midi dress, with many sharing how it “fits beautifully” and “is flattering to a curvy figure,” and we can imagine wearing it for an evening stroll along the Seine in Paris, or equally for an afternoon wine tasting through the Italian countryside. Plus, this midi maxi dress comes in a ton of other gorgeous prints and color stories too!
Shop Sizes S-XXXL: Amazon
ECHOINE Women’s Summer Midi Dresses
Take a sip of your pina colada and feel like you’re in an island paradise with this cute printed ECHOINE white midi dress.
The strappy dress has a pull on closure—the buttons are just for show—with an elasticated ruched back panel that adds a comfortable amount of stretch (great for the end of an all-inclusive trip when you’re hit the buffet too much!) It comes in a ton of super cute prints too—for if you aren’t feeling pineapple-y and has sizes from small to 3XL!
One wearer explains, “This midi sundress was the perfect vacation dress, breathable, soft fabric. The perfect fit and it has pockets!”
Shop Sizes S-XXL: Amazon
ECOWISH Bohemian Wrap V Split Beach Dress
This very long midi dress (even a bit on the maxi side) from ECOWISH is super pretty as a standalone piece or perfect for a beach coverup. Even great for a garden wedding or cocktails with friends.
The wrap tie-waist and fluttery sleeves give it a soft, feminine feel and choose from numerous colors or patterns to bring out your inner bohemian!
One reviewer says, “This dress is a classic warm-weather style. It looks effortlessly elegant. The ruffles around the neckline and hem are fun and flirty. It is unlined, but it’s not sheer. The fabric is lightweight and overall, pretty!” Grab this in sizes S-XXL.
Shop Sizes S-XXL: Amazon
City Chic Floral Fitted Midi Dresses
This City Chic floral midi dress shows off your curves in all of the right places, the V-wrap neckline and skirt is flattering and can be worn for a number of occasions, from a summer wedding, a date night, or simply strolling a city.
The strappy printed midi dress could even be layered with a long-sleeved cardigan, with tights and boots for winter! It’s so versatile! Plus, it comes in a great range of sizes, from XS to XXL.
We’ve got a round-up of beautiful summer maxi dresses for your summer vacation!
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Free People Lydia Midi Dress with Sleeves
This textured Lydia midi long sleeve dress has all of the features a girl could want, including a flattering V-neckline and A-line skirt. But the real showstoppers are the dramatic puffed sleeves! But reviews do advise to size down for a more tailored fit as it runs large.
Wearers explain that it’s comfy as well as looking effortlessly stylish, one shares, “This is a lovely midi length dress, and I’ve gotten so many compliments when I’ve worn it! The length is great and the dress is very well made.”
Shop Sizes S-XXL: Amazon
MEROKEETY Women’s Midi Dresses With Sleeves
For a simple, striped white long sleeved midi dress, this one by MEROKEETY ticks all of the boxes for comfort and looking good. It has an elastic waist and stretch fabric, which packs easily, so you can feel free and look great as you roam the boardwalks of your next vacay destination. We love the balloon style 3/4 length sleeves, which add a more sophisticated finish. Plus this dress comes in a ton of lovely striped styles.
Wearers love these midi casual summer dresses—some of them so much that they buy it in other colors too—one shares, “I love these dresses. They hit me at mid-calf and actually make my legs look longer and slimmer in my opinion. The dresses are a thick material. I can tell these dresses will last me a while. They’re so easy to dress up or down.”
Miessial Women’s Striped Linen Ruffle Midi Dress
Let the ruffles be the star of the show in this Miessial light blue midi dress. It’s made from a breezy blend of cotton and linen, making it perfect keeping you cool on a vacay in a stickier climate. The bust area is a ruched stretch effect, so will fit comfortably around your curves.
Reviews are great for this cotton midi dress, with one raving, “This dress is just as cute in person as it is on the site. Fits true to size. The material is nice and light. Great dress for the summer heat!”
MITILLY Polka Dot Midi Dress With Pockets
Look effortlessly glam for a brunch in one of these mustard gold midi dresses from MITILLY, complete with ruffled sleeves, button-down front, and matching fabric belt to accentuate your silhouette. It’s an easy to wear option that is great for all occasions, your only difficulty will be choosing which of the many colors to buy it in!
One wearer gushes, “I love this dress! It’s perfect for hot weather. It’s a very flattering silhouette. And the pockets! I can actually fit my phone and keys in the pockets. The fabric is nice, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and isn’t see-through.”
Shop Sizes 1X-5X: Amazon
Modern Kiwi Women’s Plus Size Midi Dresses With Sleeves
This plus sized Modern Kiwi midi t shirt dress is comfortable all round. It’s made of a super soft fabric that skims the body, hiding any lumps and bumps. It’s versatile enough to be worn all year round, and looks equally stylish with leggings and boots in the winter, as it would with sandals and shades beachside.
Users adore its comfort, with one sharing, “I love this flowy midi dress. It fits perfectly. Love that it has pockets on the sides. Love the material, so soft. In fact, I bought a second one in another color.” But some do warn that the lighter colors are a little see-through. So you might need to wear a slip underneath!
Find out why the Leith ruched dress works for travel and nearly every occasion in this review!
Shop Sizes 2-22: Boden
Isodora Midi Shirt Dress
These Boden shirt style fashion midi dresses are everything! It’s fit and flare shape, with a belted waist, is chic enough for exploring the cathedrals of Europe, lunching along Las Ramblas, or even just for everyday wear at the office. The material is a lovely quality, and a shirt style always looks smart! Plus it comes in a range of sizes and lengths, for a regular, tall, or a petite midi dress look that’s perfect for your stature!
Users do want that it runs small, so you probably want to size up (the fabric of these cotton midi dresses have no stretch), but all wearers echo the praises of this beautiful style, one sharing, “I love the material, cut, and fit of this dress. It’s hard to find 100% cotton things, and this one is beautiful. The shirt buttons add a nice touch of tailoring, and the sleeves were just the right length.”
iconic luxe Women’s Midi Dresses With 3/4 Length Sleeves
This easygoing olive green midi dress by iconic (plus other colors available!) has a flowy trapeze shape, made from a comfy soft jersey. It has 3/4 length sleeves, which make it a little more tailored, and transitional as a fall to spring midi dress.
Users rave about these midi t shirt dresses, one explains, “It fits comfortably and is light without being see-through. It’s flattering and breezy. It can be dressed up or down and comes in so many great colors.”
Shop Sizes S-XL and 1X-3X: Amazon
Simply Couture Sleeveless A Line Midi Dress
For a sassy, vintage look, check out this Simply Couture A-line button up midi dress. The styling and prints give a great 50s vibe, with a shirred waist that’s as comfortable as it’s classy. Available in a ton of prints, but we love this polka-dotted black and white midi dress, and there’s also a range of sizes (S-XL and 1X-3X).
One wearer shares, “This dress is so cute and flattering! I got the 3X and it fit perfectly. The fabric is nice and airy, perfect for the summer and traveling with!”
Shop Sizes XS-XXXL: Amazon
Meraki Women’s Wrap Long Sleeve Midi Dresses
These Meraki womens midi dresses are timeless and classy. A European design, made from a lusciously heavy modal material, that flatters and skims all figures. The V-neckline adds a hint of sexiness to an otherwise modest piece and is a perfect item for a capsule wardrobe, as there are so many ways to style it. And it comes from sizes XS-XXXL.
One calls it a “perfect LBD”, explaining, “Love this dress. It’s a true wrap dress in a heavy fabric. There’s no need for shapewear or pinning. Can be dressed down with sneakers or dressed up with heels or booties.”
We’ve compiled a few of our favorite black travel dresses along with our reader favorites!
Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Old Navy
Old Navy Printed Fit & Flare Casual Midi Dresses
The cute village print of this spaghetti strap midi dress by Old Navy is perfect for exploring a harbourside village. The breezy fit has a fitted top and full skirt that hits mid-calf. Plus it has pockets! And it comes in a selection of gorgeous statement prints.
One wearer explains, “Love this look! Comfortable and casual—great for an evening out or on a hot summer day!”
levaca Women’s Striped White Midi Dresses With Sleeves
Stripes, stripes, stripes! This nautical levaca casual midi dress style is cute and stylish, with short capped sleeves and a matching fabric belt to tie the silhouette together. Plus it has pockets!
This dress comes in a ton of stripe colors, and also floral print midi dresses for a more feminine look.
Ladies love these cute midi dresses, with them wearing it everywhere, from work to brunches, and weddings! One wearer shares, “What a great dress! Super comfy, thicker t-shirt type material, zero show-through, and has some stretch and give to it. It’s now my new favorite dress.”
Shop Sizes 14-24: Amazon
City Chic Women’s Apparel Plus Size Midi Dresses
This City Chic plus size yellow midi dress is a breezy cotton and linen blend in a gloriously retro style, with fitted waist and puff sleeves. The sunshine color is bright and cheerful and suits most skin tones. Plus it has a cute button up front. Wearers love the quality of this dress and say it’s “versatile to wear”. It comes in plus sizes 14-24.
Shop Sizes S-XXL: Amazon
OUGES Women’s V Neck Royal Blue Midi Dresses
These OUGES midi summer dresses come in so many colors and prints, you’ll easily find one that suits your personality (but how gorgeous is this royal blue midi dress?!) The styling with a faux button up front and big pockets. Plus, depending on the style, there are both long and short sleeve versions. Many wearers describe this as one of the perfect midi dresses for work and play.
Wearers adore the styling, it’s such an easy dress to wear, with one commenting, “Comfortable dress, pretty pattern, and is very flattering. And it has pockets! I have been searching for a dress like this for so long.”
Check out these pretty women’s white dresses that are SO refreshing and never go out of style!
Womens Midi Dress Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Midi Length Dresses|
|Milumia Bohemian Print Midi Dresses||Wearers love this short sleeve midi dress, with many sharing how it “fits beautifully” and “is flattering to a curvy figure,”||Check Price|
|ECHOINE Women’s Summer Midi Dresses||One wearer explains, “This midi sundress was the perfect vacation dress, breathable, soft fabric. The perfect fit and it has pockets!”||Check Price|
|ECOWISH Bohemian Wrap V Split Beach Dress||One reviewer says, “This dress is a classic warm weather style. It looks effortlessly elegant. The ruffles around the neckline and hem are fun and flirty. It is unlined, but it's not sheer. The fabric is lightweight and overall, pretty!”||Check Price|
|City Chic Floral Fitted Midi Dresses||This City Chic floral midi dress shows off your curves in all of the right places, the V-wrap neckline and skirt is flattering and can be worn for a number of occasions||Check Price|
|Lydia Midi Dress with Sleeves||“This is a lovely midi length dress, and I’ve gotten so many compliments when I’ve worn it! The length is great and the dress is very well made.”||Check Price|
|MEROKEETY Women's Midi Dresses With Sleeves||one shares, “I love these dresses. They hit me at mid-calf and actually make my legs look longer and slimmer in my opinion."||Check Price|
|Miessial Women's Striped Linen Ruffle Midi Dress||one raving, “This dress is just as cute in person as it is on the site. Fits true to size. The material is nice and light. Great dress for the summer heat!”||Check Price|
|MITILLY Polka Dot Midi Dress With Pockets||“I love this dress! It’s perfect for hot weather. It’s a very flattering silhouette. And the pockets! I can actually fit my phone and keys in the pockets. The fabric is nice, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and isn’t see-through.”||Check Price|
|Modern Kiwi Women's Plus Size Midi Dresses With Sleeves||“I love this flowy midi dress. It fits perfectly. Love that it has pockets on the sides. Love the material, so soft. In fact, I bought a second one in another color.”||Check Price|
|Isodora Midi Shirt Dress||“I love the material, cut, and fit of this dress. It's hard to find 100% cotton things, and this one is beautiful. The shirt buttons add a nice touch of tailoring, and the sleeves were just the right length.”||Check Price|
|iconic luxe Women's Midi Dresses With 3/4 Length Sleeves||“It fits comfortably and is light without being see-through. It's flattering and breezy. It can be dressed up or down and comes in so many great colors.”||Check Price|
|Simply Couture Sleeveless A Line Midi Dress||“This dress is so cute and flattering! I got the 3X and it fit perfectly. The fabric is nice and airy, perfect for the summer and traveling with!”||Check Price|
|Meraki Women's Wrap Long Sleeve Midi Dresses||One calls it a “perfect LBD”, explaining, “Love this dress. It’s a true wrap dress in a heavy fabric. There’s no need for shape wear or pinning. Can be dressed down with sneakers or dressed up with heels or booties.”||Check Price|
|Old Navy Printed Fit & Flare Casual Midi Dresses||One wearer explains, “Love this look! Comfortable and casual—great for an evening out or on a hot summer day!”||%STARY% Check Price|
|levaca Women's Striped White Midi Dresses With Sleeves||“What a great dress! Super comfy, thicker t-shirt type material, zero show-through, and has some stretch and give to it. It's now my new favorite dress.”||Check Price|
|City Chic Women's Apparel Plus Size Midi Dresses||Wearers love the quality of this dress and say it's “versatile to wear”.||Check Price|
|OUGES Women's V Neck Royal Blue Midi Dresses||“Comfortable dress, pretty pattern, and is very flattering. And it has pockets! I have been searching for a dress like this for so long.||Check Price|
How to Pack Ladies Midi Dresses
If you’re planning a getaway with your pretty new dress, start with packing cubes, they will seriously change the way you pack! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped me travel carry-on only!
What do you think is the best midi dress outfit? Share your faves in the comments!
For more travel dresses, please read:
- These are the Best Vacation Maxi Dresses
- We Found the Perfect Little Black Travel Dress
- Best Convertible Travel Dresses: Flirty, Feminine, and Functional, Too
- Best Dresses With Pockets for Work, Play, or Travel
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