All the Midi Dresses I Want Right Now Are Under $100

Topshop has really, really good midi dresses right now. I consider it my duty to report this information not only because they are really, really good, but also because many of them happen to cost less than $100. This is a potent combination – so potent, in fact, it is causing me to fantasize about fully hypothetical scenarios in which I might wear said dresses this spring.

Obviously these scenarios, being hypothetical, are figments of my imagination and not at all guaranteed to materialize in real life, but that’s not the point. The point is that the mental fabrication of them has resulted in some very serviceable outfit ideas. I’ve described them below, along with their designated occasions (you know, just in case), for your hasty approval.

Occasion #1: A workday that starts with press appointments in two disparate locations and ends with margaritas

Whenever I have press appointments in different locations around the city I immediately start brainstorming outfit ideas that are aesthetically pleasing and functional at the same time — aesthetically pleasing because I need to look somewhat professional and put-together in a style sense, functional because there are few things more frustrating from a commuter standpoint than a heel caught in a subway grate, or a too-tight armhole that cuts off your circulation.

This polka dot dress from Topshop was all the inspiration I needed to come up with an outfit that not only avoids these pitfalls but also conceivably transitions from daytime scurrying to evening revelry with nothing more than a quick bathroom change to remove your striped t-shirt (which you will have initially layered under the dress) and arrange it around your shoulders like a fancy shawl.

Occasion #2: A barbecue on a roof featuring 90s music and pigs in a blanket

I would say sundresses and straw flats are THE pairing of Spring 2018, but toiletry kits moonlighting as pouches and pigs in a blanket moonlighting as legitimate adult dinner food come pretty darn close. Mix all these ingredients together and you’ll have yourself the perfect allergy season ensemble.

The light jacket and glitzy barrettes are optional but highly encouraged if you have any desire to look like a Danish toddler, which let’s face it, I do.

Occasion #3: A birthday party where I don’t actually know the birthday girl

Attending a birthday party where you don’t actually know the birthday girl is a dream scenario because it opens up a world of possibilities: there’s no telling where the day or evening might take you. You’re not obligated to make small talk at the party (in fact, you’re probably just there for the cake), so why not wear blue-tinted sunglasses and cowboy boots and entertain the possibility of a pony ride?

You never know what might happen when you’re wearing a really, really good midi dress.

Collages by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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