Midi length dresses are making a comeback which is great news! It’s great news for those of us who want to cover our legs up thanks to varicose veins and the ravages of time.  It’s also a really elegant look that works so well for occasionwear.

Midi length dresses are dresses with a length that is halfway between the knee and ankle. Another term for them is mid-calf. And even if you are short, midi length can work for you with a few clever tricks.

Midi length dresses – how to make them work for you

If you are tall – midi length dresses are a great look. This season, there are lots of elegant pleated looks by designers such as Condici and Veni Infantino. In soft, flowing fabrics, these are so feminine. They are ideal for mothers of the bride and mothers of the grooms who want to get away from the dress and jacket look and do something a little different. The longer length also makes you look even taller.

The key with midi length, whatever height you are, is the right pair of heels. Clumpy shoes will make the calf-length of the dress look frumpy. You need elegant, strappy heels to flatter your ankles and make the distance between the hem of the dress and your feet look longer.

If you are shorter in height, cheat the midi length and go for something slightly above the calf length. This will stop the dress falling at the thickest part of your calves – the reason why this length can sometimes look frumpy.

A-line shapes in midi length are so easy to wear and flatter most figures as they are kind to your hips and waistline. Again, it is all about proportion. If you are smaller in height, go for lighter fabrics that don’t swamp you. Make sure the balance between the top half of the dress and the bottom half is not out of kilter.  That’s where the right pair of shoes is crucial. Cinching the dress in with a belt at your waistline will also help.

And don’t think you have to show lots of leg to look glamorous. Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to wedding outfits and occasionwear.