Shop 16 Modest Midi Dresses, Fall’s Must-Have Piece

Not quite ready for pants season, as we move into fall? Try the midi dress, a reliable transitional piece. It hits mid-calf—hence the word midi—and works easily for day and night. For cocktail hour, there’s a slick puff-sleeved number by Ganni or a cheetah-print frock by Altuzarra. A semi-sheer zebra-striped version by Isabel Marant is bound to turn heads, as would anything prairie-tinged from Batsheva.

If you’re searching for something more pared-back, try a khaki shirtdress by Rejina Pyo or a sleeveless checked look by Ciao Lucia. A simple body-clinging ribbed knit by Simon Miller will channel a minimal, but still striking mood.

Here, shop the season’s best midi dresses.

Stine Goya Clarabelle floral long-sleeved dress, $310, modaoperandi.com

Rejina Pyo button-front shirtdress, $575, farfetch.com

Brock Collection Odilia floral midi dress, $1,325, modaoperandi.com

Sea Ethno Pop ruched midi dress, $525, modaoperandi.com

Altuzarra Kieran printed silk dress, $1,395, mytheresa.com

Helmut Lang midi draped dress, $710, farfetch.com

Ganni Lagarde dress, $755, shopbop.com

Tibi Georgette side-toggle tie dress, $795, nordstrom.com

Ulla Johnson Fantine cotton and silk dress, $540, mytheresa.com

Isabel Marant Etoile animal-print midi dress, $615, modaoperandi.com

Simon Miller ribbed knit dress, $262, farfetch.com

Rhode Resort polka-dot shirtdress, $385, farfetch.com

LHD chateau dress in St.Tropez, $725, lhd.us.

Pixie Market white ruffle-trim midi dress, $124, pixiemarket.com

Ciao Lucia Federica dress in polka-dot, $425, ciaolucia.com