Five light and airy midi-dresses that are perfect for the sun

The midi-dress is here to stay. With the beautiful weather we are having and holidays on the horizon we are particularly loving midi-dresses in soft, sensual materials, gentle patterns and rich colours. The time is now to fantasise about lighter fabrics and brighter colours and the midi-dress is the perfect transitional piece in-between hot mornings and cool evenings. Layer with a slouchy knit and edgy sandals for a cool cocktail fix.

The prairie midi-dress

Gina dress, €160 at rouje.com

Gina dress, €160 at rouje.com

Escaping to the prairie is the chicest thing you can do this summer. If you're destined for sticky city life instead, this cotton 'farmer print' midi will offer a moments escape. Designed by classic French brand Rouje, this sweet dress features a V-neckline, gathered darts and simple – but effective – buttoning details. The bottom of the dress is slightly flared with a ruffled peplum hem, giving a defined and feminine silhouette.

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Florals for summer

Pine ruffle dress, €549 at ganni.com

Pine ruffle dress, €549 at ganni.com

We love these toughened-up ruffles mixed with punchy dark florals. The exaggerated V-neckline is perfect for layering an alternative, exciting print underneath (as perfectly modelled above by Ganni). Take this look from glam dinner to street-style chic by pairing sporty socks with strappy sandals that accentuate the pop of green as seen in the dress. This midi makes florals modern and interesting.

The asymmetrical dress

Rachel Comey seersucker welcome dress, €380.43 at thefrankieshop.com

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Rachel Comey seersucker welcome dress, €380.43 at thefrankieshop.com

Introduce a touch of frivolity to your wardrobe with this asymmetrical dress by The Frankie Shop. Designed by Racheal Comey in Manhattan, New York, the asymmetric neckline is still around for SS18, and the addition of a belted waist makes the overall look romantic and light. Finish the look with a bright orange lip to contrast the cool blue pinstripe.

Summer shoulders

Rio dress, €200.90 at staud.clothing.com

Rio dress, €200.90 at staud.clothing.com

Go nude (and skin-tight) in this fitted, knitted design dress from Staud. The design is both charming and sexy and delicately balances grown-up allure with mischevious youth appeal. The delicate sea-shell detailing is a subtle nod to this season's most-anticipated accessories trend. With an adjustable tie closure and below-the-knee hem this dress is paired perfectly with your favourite summer sandal. Staud offers high-quality, directional, easy-to-wear pieces at a mid-range price point, and this midi-dress is the perfect example of that.

Gingham fanciful

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Long gingham checked dress, €115 at uterque.com

Long gingham checked dress, €115 at uterque.com

Much like an LBD, gingham has become a go-to print for casual and formal affairs. This mixed blue gingham dress from Portuguese label Uterque is made from delicate, breathable cotton. The symmetrical V-neckline creates a flattering figure and gives the illusion of a fuller bust, while the changing patterns help to elongate your shape. Thin tied straps with tortoiseshell-effect ring details add a point of difference to an otherwise regular gingham dress. The hemline falls slightly longer than most midi-dresses (okay, it's not really 'midi' at all), but it's too beautiful not to include.

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