midi column dress -- love it or leave it?

Midi Column Dress

Love it or leave it?

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The midi dress has been making the rounds in fashion circles, and I finally gave in and got one. I always thought these dresses looked so matronly. I didn't realize that a good fit can actually make this a perfect going-out look.

The midi column dress I chose is actually from Forever21! I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this dress.

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I always pair this Zara leather jacket with dresses. The 'hardness' of the jacket creates a great contrast with the midi column dress, while at the same time maintaining the minimal feel.

Trouve leather moto jacket Tory Burch jacket Alexander Wang cropped Moto BLANKNYC faux leather jacket

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Now for the dress: while you can find a midi column dress nearly anywhere, I went to forever21 to first ease myself into this trend. This dress is on sale, and I thought it would be perfect. I was impressed when I got it in the mail, it has a half-slip lining, and the material is thick and sturdy. I got the small which was just a bit large, but I thought it would be less likely to stretch out.

This Black Halo strapless dress is another great choice with a popover top. This Alice+Olivia dress is another trendy piece with sheer panels. Alexis Rafaeli makes a great midi strapless dress with a slit, and this BB Dakota dress is perfect if you don't prefer the bodycon look.

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I went with some simple jewelry for this look. Silver rings and chain, and a turquoise bracelet to match my bag

Sterling silver chain

Sam Edelman ring set Vita Fede mini ring Vita Fede V ring

Michael Kors bangle Michael Kors cuff bracelet Vintage turquoise cuff

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I got this bag as a birthday present to myself (won't say which one :P).  It comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. I love the blue because it matches my bracelet, and adds just a pop of color to the white and black look.

This is the MAB mini tote from Rebecca Minkoff. Here is another option in the trapeze style everyone is crazy about. They're great quality, and super affordable! I highly recommend them if you're looking to upgrade your bag game.

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Finally, my shoes are the Manolo Blahnik patent leather slingbacks. I got these ten or more (!!) years ago, and you'd never be able to tell! They are in excellent condition and have minimal wear even though I wear them all the time. Quality really is impeccable with Manolo Blahnik. Here is a more comfy option. And these Oscar De La Renta heels are similar and just gorgeous!

 

Well, I think I love the midi column dress trend, but let me know what you think!