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The New Dress Trend That's Arrived Just In Time For This Summer, Not-So-Summer Weather

There's a new hemline in town...

It's too cold for a mini dress but too warm for a maxi...

While you may be well acquitted and probably bored with well-established hemlines like the midi, maxi and mini, allow us to introduce you to 'the midaxi'. 

As the name suggests, this new length picks up right where the maxi, and midi left off...just above the ankle and an inch lower than the mid-calf. It's a look that is currently dominating both the runways and high street stores. 

For autumn/winter 2020 (yes, we know - we've barely had a summer yet...), Ashish brought us midaxi hemlines via bold knitwear while Ermanno Scervino played with the trend in the form of a sleek white gown. 

It didn't take long for this hemline to go from couture to ready to wear as Net-a-Porter reports that sales for midaxi styles have gone up a considerable amount since last year, with top styles including Rotate Birger Christensen’s metallic knit dress and Rixo’s clashing print Martha style and Chloé's patchwork silk skirt.

While it may feel unnecessary to have yet another hemline thrown into the mix, the midaxi fills the shortcomings of a mini and the downfalls of a maxi. But surely that's where the midi comes in? Wrong. A midi skirt often cuts slap bang in the middle of the calf which therefore accentuates the widest part of the leg whereas the midaxi cuts off slightly above the ankle which happens to be the slimmest part of the leg making it possibly the most flattering style of dress there is. Yes – even more so than an LBD. 

What's more, maxi dresses – no matter how you style – tend to always come across quite formal. The beauty of the midaxi means it's short enough to dress down while long enough to dress up - plus there's the added bonus of being able to showcase your shoes. 

When it comes to styling, category is: simplicity.

Worn over vintage tees with clashing trainers for a Scandi-cool look seems to be the casual take on the midaxi hemline trend. Alternatively, it can be paired with anything from mom sandals to thigh-high boots. 

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shop midaxi dresses: 

Puff Sleeved Dress, €19.99, H&M

Balloon-sleeved Dress, €39.99, H&M

Poplin Shirt Dress, €49.95, Zara

Lime Green Animal Print Ruched Sleeve Midi Dress, €60, Topshop

Ruffled Midaxi Dress, €89, & Other Stories

Square neck puff sleve midaxi dress in polka dot, €39.99, New Look

Belted Midi Print Dress, €99, & Other Stories

Voluminous Open Back Midi Dress, €149, & Other Stories

Oversized Puff Shoulder Maxi Dress, €99, & Other Stories

Wrap midaxi dress with side split in navy floral, €69.99, Vila

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