If there’s one thing we can never truly have enough of in our wardrobe, it’s the humble casual midi dress. She comes with sleeves – always – and she works beautifully with a bra (none of these surprise missing back midi dresses over here). She looks great with a biker jacket and trainers for soft play/the supermarket/grabbing coffee with a mate, but equally she looks effortless with sandals in the summer or heels and a bright lipstick for a date night out of the house.
But – and there’s a big but – she’s always incredibly hard to track down. Which is why we dug around the internet for the best budget styles that tick all the boxes and are available right now. Because learning how to dress comfortably and in a way which makes us feel good after living in various levels of lockdown for so long is complicated.
Our all-time fave casual midi dress? THAT Zara monochrome polka dot beauty of 2019. She still crops up on eBay and Depop from time to time if you missed out the first time round.
Here are our fave under-£50 styles for 2021…
If florals and prints aren’t your bag, this lightweight denim number is a bloody beauty.
You just can’t beat of leopard print and this design has a button-down front making it breast-feeding friendly.
No-one does a slightly oversized midi dress like Monki. Comfy, fun and seriously cute.
M&S’s simple broderie dress is effortlessly chic, it also comes in bright red too.
We can’t get enough of the shirred dress trend this summer and this Simply Be one has the sweetest ditsy print.
This loose, floaty, tiered style is perfect for hot summer days (when they arrive, ahem).
The colour, print and shape of this New Look style make it an instant winner.
For anyone else easily sucked in by a bright floral, may we introduce you to this elegant beauty?
If you prefer to stick to a monochrome palette, we’re obsessed with the star print of this midaxi style.
H&M is one of our absolute go-tos for the humble casual midi dress. We love this east-to-throw-on check number.
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