The leg-baring mini dress has been around for quite some time and is a very versatile style.  We had a brief introduction to the mini dress in ‘When (dress) length matters’ and we’ll now have a look at the different ways you can style them.  Enjoy!

The work mini

Yes, the mini dress is office-friendly, if it is styled correctly. Stick to shifts, sheaths, or dresses with a slight fit-and-flare. Avoid anything skin-tight or bandage style.

High necklines and ¾ sleeves are perfect for office dressing and the length of a mini is 100% appropriate when paired with tights. If your workplace is a little more liberal, then forgo the tights all together (it’s just a leg after all!).

Here are a few work minis that we liked:

The party mini

Party time! The mini dress is a timeless party, clubbing, or informal event outfit. You can get a little sexier with your silhouettes, and get glam with a whole lot of denim, leather, or embellishments if you’re that way inclined.

If you’re uncomfortable with tight or revealing clothing, you can still embrace the mini with a shirt-dress style such as this frayed-edge shirt dress. This dress can be worn with the top buttons undone with a lace bralette underneath, the sleeves rolled up, and a pair of heeled biker boots for cool and easy styling.

For something a little ‘girlier’ and more figure-hugging, this sweet white mini offers a short hemline and figure-hugging cut without going overboard. The ruching creates texture and is very forgiving (even if you eat a big meal and drink a few too many cocktails). The square neckline with lace-up detailing and frilly sleeves add a contrast of sexy and sweet, with a peep of skin you can customize with the laces.

The casual mini

The mini dress can work perfectly for a day off work, a casual run to the store, or a relaxed movie night with friends. Like always, it comes down to fabric choice and fit. You want to go for soft, comfy fabrics such as linen, cotton, jersey, or cable knits.

A loose fit with long sleeves is ideal. For example, this oversized mini jumper dress is like wearing a blanket…but it still looks super chic. Wear it with sneakers, ankle boots, or even a pair of knee-high slouchy suede boots.

The shirt dress comes in handy here too, as it is casual by default, but can be dressed up or down depending on your “lounge quota” at the time. For example, you could quite happily relax by the TV in this sleeveless mini shirt dress, (with a merino sweater underneath during Winter). Or, wear it with a cropped leather jacket and heels if the movie night turns into a club night.