What Dress Length Do You Need?

There are lots of factors that go into choosing the perfect dress. You have to consider the material, as well as the style. For example, do you want a form-fitting dress or one that is more loose and comfortable? You also have to think about the occasions on which you plan to wear the dress. Are those occasions casual, formal or a mixture of both? Another important factor is length, especially if you feel more comfortable wearing certain dress lengths than you do others. Here is what you need to know about dress length types and how to choose between them.

A Mini/Micro Dresses for a Sexy or Flirtatious Look

Mini dresses are also sometimes referred to as a micro dresses. As those names suggest, they are dresses with very short skirts. When you don a mini dress, expect to draw attention from those around you. A form-fitting mini dress is a great option when you intend to go out on the town a lot. In a singles bar, such a dress is bound to help you get a date. You can also impress the significant other you already have with a flirtatious mini dress, such as when celebrating your anniversary or another special occasion.

Cocktail Dresses for More Semi-Formal Occasions

Cocktail dresses are typically longer than mini dresses but no longer than knee-length. Most cocktail dresses are designed for formal occasions, such as cocktail parties. However, they come in several styles. Some can also be worn under more casual circumstances or at cocktail parties with less formal dress codes. Necklines, sleeves, waistlines and hemlines all vary widely on cocktail dresses. Select dresses that complement your body shape. For example, if you have a pear-shaped figure, a cocktail dress with an A-line skirt can help bring out your best attributes.

Midi Dresses for Multi-Purpose Wear

Midi dresses are dresses that are a mid-range length. That means they hang to an area above your ankles but under your knees. Like their lengths, midi dresses can also have middle-of-the-road uses. In other words, you can wear them to work, during daily activities or to parties. Midi dresses also look great with many types of accessories, including almost any footwear you can think of. However, you should still choose your footwear carefully. Sneakers or flats are perfect if you want to downplay your height. If you are trying to look taller, accent your midi dresses with some heels.

Maxi Dresses also for Multi-Purpose Wear

Maxi dresses are floor or almost floor-length dresses. You may think of maxi dresses as being solely formal wear, but they can also be worn at the office, or even on your days off. One way to choose a maxi dress to use for multiple occasions is to select a solid color. Solid colored dresses are easy to dress up or down by choosing different shoes and accessories, much like midi dresses can. If you do want to choose a patterned maxi dress, look for one you think would be suitable for a formal party. Chances are you can also wear it to the office or other events. That way it won’t sit in your closet unused for long periods of time.

When you can’t decide on a single dress length, try dresses with multiple lengths or other features, such as slits down their skirts to show off your legs. Dresses with skirts that vary in length from front to back or side to side are asymmetrical. Such dresses make bold statements. They will certainly help you draw attention to yourself.

Comments

  1. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m not a big dress wearer, but I know I don’t like mini dresses. I just don’t like worrying about what might be showing, lol.

  2. Dana Rodriguez says

    I have never cared for dresses on my body at all. Unless it is a maxi. I was always a tomboy and didn’t like wearing them.

  3. Guess I am old fashioned but day dresses and suits are at or just below the knee.. Cocktail length for me is just below the knee….Loved this post..

  4. The older I’m getting, the shorter my skirts! I guess if you’ve got it, flaunt it while there’s still time 😉

  5. Cynthia C says

    I don’t wear dresses and skirts much any more but being short, just above the knee seems to work for me.

  6. Dresses? What are they? I might have an old one in the spare room closet.

  7. Has anyone else noticed that ‘midi’ has changed from being mid-calf to almost knee length?

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