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.