From babydoll to skater, nothing beats a mini dress on a hot summer day (or night). We have 15 breezy and beautiful options…
With nowhere to go but up (as in temperature-wise), the siren call of the mini dress is in full swing. This season there’s something for everyone, with a wide range of styles, patterns, and materials, you can totally find one that suits your mood.
Looking for a short injection into your dress wardrobe? These are the fifteen fits that have us *just* a little obsessed.
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It’s true that this season has been trending back towards a focus on the silhouette. But that’s not to say we’re giving up our love of shift, smock and duster minis anytime soon. Here are five favorites that are sure to stir the breeze…
Starting with this pretty plum pintuck dress from Summersalt. Made of lightweight cotton, we’re loving the flowy fit, generously puffed sleeves and the stylish pintuck details on the shoulder.
Summersalt, The Cotton Pintuck Dress $125
(get it for $87.50 with the code SALE30 at checkout!)
Linen is one of the most iconic textiles for warm weather. Breezy and breathable, it’s been a favorite (literally) for centuries. This tiered blue beauty from Georgia brand LAKE adds a ruffled neckline, flutter cap sleeves and, one of our most favorite feature in any dress…pockets.
Another effortlessly chic shift dress, this time by Sachin & Babi. We adore the hand-stitched embroidery and pleated yoking that streams down into a playful circle skirt. And of course the watercolor floral motif is just oh-so Julia Quinn.
Looking for more punch? This poplin mini dress by Diane von Furstenburg brings it with a colorful pattern of zesty yellow and bright pink. Made from cotton-poplin, this breezy dress brings its own sunshine to the party.
Finally, we have this gorgeous, earthy green beauty from Sundry Clothing. This 90 ‘s-inspired floral features a neck tie, button front closure, and a raglan ruffle sleeve that mirrors the wave of the soft hem. This easy, sweeping swing dress is everything we’d expect from the surf-loving Malibu brand.
With its combination of flattering silhouette, versatility and comfort, the skater dress has been on trend all season long. Here are five just ready to slide into your summer wardrobe right now…
This tasty tangerine skater dress by Windsor is perfect for a sultry summer date night. The front features a sleeveless cowl neckline with spaghetti straps, then it really heats things up with an open back and low back draped accent.
This skater dress from Rue21 gets our vote for best one-and-done. Not only does the classic black work with a ton of social situations, this dress comes with a built in bra, ensuring zero peekaboo strap anxiety. Comes in sizing up to 4X.
This sleeveless, stretch fabric skater by Marni is pink perfection…
How about a glacial-inspired mini dress to help you keep your cool? This icy blue skater dress by Paige will melt your heart.
No matter if you’re team cottagecore or tenured in light academia, the baby doll dress is definitely your go-to.
Starting with this shimmering beauty by Sugarlips. How perfect would this be for a summer wedding, graduation party or just a fun night out on the town? Comes in sizing up to 3X.
Speaking of outdoor events, this dreamy lavender babydoll dress from Windsor is a wedding guest winner. Made of airy mesh fabric, we especially like the chic ruching and slightly ballooned bottom hem.
Florals and baby doll dresses are a classic combination. This flirty number from Alice McCall understood the assignment completely.
Digging this season’s love of denim? This charming cutie by Allegra K will suit you just fine.
Finally, here’s a fun color pop for your bright summer days. This fun, asymmetrical hemlined dress is as easy on the eyes as it is on the pocketbook. Made of lightweight cotton, we found this babydoll mini at Target in sizing from XXS to 4X.
What’s not to love about the Little White Dress? You can dress it up or down, your accessorizing options are pretty unlimited, and it’s fantastic for showing off a summer tan (whether it’s ray or spray).
Starting with this crisp and light-as-air linen dress by LAKE. A simple silhouette made fresh with a square neckline and fun feminine shoulder ties.
This swing dress by Boston Proper has an elegant but flirtatious edge, thanks to its shoulder-highlighting high-neck cut with intricate lace design.
Another favorite fabric, this darling eyelet, v-neck dress by Windsor is perfect for a picnic, a casual dinner out or just lunch with friends.
Another lovely linen, this time from Parisian brand, Joie. Lots of interesting details here, from the keyhole front to the ruffled sleeves and nipped waist. This dress sings casual, but can easily be elevated with an interesting belt and heels.
Finally, we have this marvelous multi-tasker from Summersalt. Throw it on as an effortless post-pool coverup, button it up and pair with sandals for an easy errand-running look, or dress it up with some luxe accessories, the choice is yours…and spoiler alert – there are no wrong answers here!