April 20, 2016 01:00 PM

If there’s one dress that will be everywhere this season, it’s the little lace midi. The style is the perfect combination of flattering, flirty and fun, and we can already see it being the must-have for summer weddings (hello, bridesmaids!), graduations, and beyond. Expect it to clog your Instagram feed shortly with post after post of these as #OOTD outfits, for sure.

So what’s the appeal?

Don Arnold/WireImage; Theo Wargo/WireImage; MediaP

We turned to designer Han Chong of hot London label Self-Portrait for the answer. His collection features plenty of pretty lace midi pieces and stars love ’em, which has helped usher in the rise of this silhouette this season. In fact, Maisie Williams, Miranda Kerr and Bella Thorne are all fans of his popular Azalea dress design. “It’s the perfect balance of sexy, yet appropriate for many occasions,” Chong explains. “The fit of it is also key, as it’s a great shape for so many different body types.”

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As for what to wear it with, keep it minimal. Because the dress is so eye-catching, follow the stars’ lead and pair it with a bold lip, simple accessories and an elegant shoe, like a pointy-toe pump or a two-strap sandal.


Plus, this look shows just enough skin—arms and legs combined—to be flirty without feeling overexposed. Though, if you’re feeling a little pasty, you’re not alone. That’s an easy three-step solution: Exfoliate (slough away dull, dry skin with a gentle body scrub), moisturize (hydrate with a lightweight lotion, paying extra attention to knees, ankles and elbows) and self-tan (reach for a gradual sunless tanner to get a natural-looking faux glow).

Ready for maximum midi action this summer? Shop some of our favorite options below.

Self-Portrait, $480; self-portrait-studio.com
This is the exact dress Kerr wore!

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

Zara, $69.90; zara.com

Courtesy of Zara

Ann Taylor, $198; anntaylor.com

David Lewis Taylor; Stylist: Chanel Kennebrew

Cynthia Rowley, $448; shopbop.com

David Lewis Taylor; Stylist: Chanel Kennebrew

Aqua, $148; bloomingdales.com

David Lewis Taylor; Stylist: Chanel Kennebrew

DressBarn, $59; dressbarn.com

David Lewis Taylor; Stylist: Chanel Kennebrew

Do you plan to try the trend? Tell us in the comments below!

—Sharon Clott Kanter

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