Finding a decent mid-length dress can be a bit of a nightmare, especially at this time of year. A lot of the options are super-frumpy (think 3/4 'angel' sleeves, devore velvet, nasty bias cuts, old-fashioned florals and ill-placed beading) or they're very fitted retro-inspired styles that leave little room to move. If you're keen on the coverage but would prefer something a bit more easy to wear, this dress definitely passes muster. With a just-below-the-knee hemline in one of the season's must-have fabrics (velvet) it's a lovely timeless style that'll work for a variety of body shapes. You won't believe where it comes from...

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