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From Europe to Asia, midi dresses are a good option for travel because they offer a modest below-the-knee length that can be worn in a range of destinations. Below we’ve rounded up some of the most popular styles recommended by our readers along with a few top picks of our own!

 


Summer Midi Dresses


 

 

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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. Swap out sandals and a floppy hat for a faux leather jacket and boots, and you have one dress and two looks that are both equally chic!

 

 

Our Best Selling Midi Length Dresses

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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 Shop Sizes XS-3X: Pact

 

Pact Cute Summer Midi Dresses

 

Let the woven, double-gauze fabric be the star of the show in this Pact gauze midi dress. It’s made from a breezy cotton, making it perfect keeping you cool on a vacay in a stickier climate. Features a flat elastic neckline and waist, crewneck with keyhole and button at back and has hidden side pocktes. It’s breezy, easy to dress up or down, and flirty from front to peek-a-boo back.

Reviews are great for this cotton midi dress, with one raving, “I loved this dress from the moment I saw it online. And I loved it even more when I tried it on. It fit perfectly and was so comfy.”

 

 

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Shop Sizes L-5XL Plus: Amazon

 

Floerns Floral Plus Size Midi Dresses

 

This floral midi dress from Floerns is a perfect dress for any occasions. The short sleeve 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!

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-XL: Amazon 

 

ZESICA Summer Midi Dresses With Sleeves

 

This slightly long floral midi dress from ZESICA is super pretty as a standalone piece or perfect, 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 angel sleeves and a ruffle hem are fun and flirty. The fabric is lightweight and overall, pretty!” Grab this in sizes S-XL.

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-XXL: Amazon

 

OUGES Casual Midi Dress With Sleeves

 

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 floral 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!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon | Nordstrom | Michael Stars

 

Michael Stars Best Midi Dresses for Summer Travel

 

The Michael Stars Ultra Rib Dress is a reader’s favorite recommendation. It has a soft knit enriched with cotton and modal is cut with a side slit for easy movement and is easily styled up or down. Pair this chic closet staple with a denim jacket and sandals, or dress it up with a sleek heel.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-3X: Nordstrom

 

Pact Midi Casual Summer Dresses

 

Pact ticks all the right boxes with this classic midi t shirt dress. It’s casual, comfortable, and easy to pack, with a relaxed fit and a chic midi length. And it has hidden side pockets!  What else could you ask for? One wearer says, “This is my new go to dress! Sneakers, Boots, Sandals all work! and let’s talk about PERFECT pockets. How do they do it?!?!”

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom

 

Karen Kane Short Sleeve Midi Dress

 

A popular choice with our readers, this Karen Kane dress falls to the calf. The extra long length is ideal so it’s easy to hem and tailor to suit your own personal needs. With a classic cut, this can be worn on a trip, at a business conference, or as everyday wear. 

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-L: Quince

 

Quince White Midi Dress With Sleeves

 

For a comfy and flowy midi dress, the Quince dress is absolutely beautiful. Pretty and polished, this closet-essential is crafted from breezy European linen with a defining waist tie and loose skirt that doesn’t constrict. You can also wear it as a carefree cover up by the pool or on beach trips.

 

Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-4X: Old Navy

 

Old Navy Sleeveless Midi Dresses

 

You’d never guess this feminine dress was as practical as it is pretty. Old Navy gets it right with this easy-to-wear linen and rayon dress that falls below the knee. Has a notched sweetheart neckline, smocked back and on-seam pockets too! This dress is also available in ten colors including this nude midi dress. 

 

 

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Shop Sizes XXS-3X: Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie Midi Maxi Dress

 

Made from cotton and rayon, this midi dress from Anthropologie has an airy pleated skirt and short puffed sleeves. It’s not see-through, yet still comfortable to wear on hot summer days. Wear it during the day with cute and comfortable sandals, or take it out at night with some cushioned, stylish wedges and dangly jewelry.

It’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-3X: Spanx

 

Spanx Stylish Midi Sundresses

 

Luxurious comfort that goes anywhere. This Spanx stylish midi dress is designed with a tie-waist belt that defines your silhouette and offers a custom fit. It features handy front pockets and high-side slits for easy movement.

The lightweight fabric with 4-way stretch means you can move easily in this beauty and the best part? You can dress this down with white sneakers or up with ballet flats.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Banana Republic

 

Banana Republic Linen Short Sleeve Midi Dress 

 

Love the timelessness of this midi linen dress by Banana Republic. This shift dress is made from a beautiful blend of certified European linen and cotton—we love its lived-in look and ability to stay cool and crisp, even in heat and humidity making it ideal for a trip to Europe in the summer. 

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-4XL: Amazon

 

DB Moon Casual Midi Dress with Sleeves

 

A casual dress is going to be your best friend while traveling because it’s just so comfortable! This is one of the best summer dresses for a trip abroad because it can also work as a T-shirt dress, giving you a relaxed yet stylish 2-in-1 piece for your trip. Dresses with pockets are always a plus because you’ll have an extra place for small essentials.

 Pair it with sandals, a denim jacket, and a leather cross-body purse for a tastefully undone day look, or pair it with ankle boots and jewelry for a cool evening getup.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince

 

Quince Cute Midi Dresses for Work or Business Travel

 

For something breathable yet polished, the Quince Silk Midi Dress fits the bill. Wear it to work or on vacation, this super flattering fit is made from 100% mulberry silk, in a satin finish, washable, easy to style and easy to wash for low-maintenance luxe. It will also keep you comfortable and cool on the go.

 

 

Womens Midi Dress Product Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Best Midi Length Dresses
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
Pact Cute Summer Midi Dresses I loved this dress from the moment I saw it online. And I loved it even more when I tried it on. It fit perfectly and was so comfy. The lavender color is absolutely beautiful. Check Price
Floerns Floral Plus Size 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
ZESICA Summer Midi Dresses With Sleeves One reviewer says, “This dress is a classic warm-weather style. It looks effortlessly elegant. The angel sleeves and a ruffle hem are fun and flirty. The fabric is lightweight and overall, pretty!” Check Price
OUGES Casual Midi Dress with Sleeves “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
Michael Stars Best Midi Dresses for Summer Travel The Michael Stars Ultra Rib Dress is a reader's favorite recommendation. It has a soft knit enriched with cotton and modal is cut with a side slit for easy movement and is easily styled up or down. Pair this chic closet staple with a denim jacket and sandals, or dress it up with a sleek heel. Check Price
Pact Midi Casual Summer Dresses "This is my new go to dress! Sneakers, Boots, Sandals all work! and let's talk about PERFECT pockets. How do they do it?!?!" Check Price
Karen Kane Midi Dress With Sleeves A popular choice with our readers, this Karen Kane dress falls to the calf. The extra long length is ideal so it’s easy to hem and tailor to suit your own personal needs. Check Price
Quince White Midi Dress With Sleeves Pretty and polished, this closet-essential is crafted from breezy European linen with a defining waist tie and loose skirt that doesn’t constrict. You can also wear it as a carefree cover up by the pool or on beach trips. Check Price
Old Navy Sleeveless Midi Dresses Old Navy gets it right with this easy-to-wear linen and rayon dress that falls below the knee. Has a notched sweetheart neckline, smocked back and on-seam pockets too! Check Price
Anthropologie Midi Maxi Dress Made from cotton and rayon, this deep v-neckline midi dress from Anthropologie loose midi dress is airy, has a pleated skirt and short puffed sleeve. It’s not see-through yet still comfortable to wear on hot summer days. Check Price
Spanx Stylish Midi Sundresses This Spanx stylish midi dress is designed with a tie-waist belt that defines your silhouette and offers a custom fit. Featuring low-profile front pockets and high side slits for easy movement.  Check Price
Banana Republic Linen Short Sleeve Midi Dress  This shift dress is made from a beautiful blend of certified European linen and cotton—we love its lived-in look and ability to stay cool and crisp, even in heat and humidity making it ideal for a trip to Europe in the summer.  Check Price
DB Moon Casual Midi Dress with Sleeves A casual dress is going to be your best friend while traveling because it’s just so comfortable! This is one of the best summer dresses for a trip abroad, because it can work as a T-shirt dress as well, giving you a relaxed yet stylish 2-in-1 piece for your trip. Check Price
Quince Cute Midi Dresses for Work or Business Travel For something breathable yet polished, the Quince Silk Midi Dress fits the bill. Wear it to work or on vacation, this super flattering fit is made from 100% mulberry silk, in a satin finish, washable, easy to style and easy to wash for low-maintenance luxe. It will also keep you comfortable and cool on the go. Check Price

 

 

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Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts | Sizes XS-6X

 

Shorts to Wear Under Dresses

 

If your looking for a shorts to wear under your dresses Thigh Society is a reader favorite! The Cooling anti-chafe shorts from ThighSociety are raved about by TFGers for so many reasons, especially their silky, hi-tech performance fabric. These shorts pull heat and moisture away from the body, keeping things cool, fresh, and chafe-free on even the hottest of days.

They’re tagless, don’t roll or bunch, and are ultra-thin and lightweight yet stretchy and durable as can be. Plus, they come in a wide range of colors and lengths and range in sizes from XS-6X!

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack 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!

 

 


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