Adorable Mini Dresses to Dress Up or Down

Add cute shoes and you've got an instant outfit.

Who doesn’t love an instant outfit? That’s exactly what a mini dress is. Cute as pie over tights, leggings, bike shorts or just your own gams—and there’s a shape to flatter every body.

Stretchy style with a fun tulip hem; comes in seven colors. BTFBM

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Want a bodycon silhouette, but also want to keep it classy? Look for ruching or draping at the sides. Not only does that increase wiggle room, it adds some visual interest and helps keep a snug-fit frock from looking cheap, no matter how mini it is.

Universally flattering style in soft polyester spandex; comes in more than a dozen colors and prints. Beocut

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There’s nothing easier to wear than an empire waist, whether it’s in a mini dress, maxi or midi. Look for one with a draw string for an adjustable fit.

With a bold print and thoroughly modern cut, this shift can go from a patio party to a wedding reception in a snap; sizes 00 to 16. Derek Lam 10 Crosby

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Consider playing with proportions—pairing your mini hemline with a longer, puff sleeve for an updated retro look. Bonus fashion points if you take a risk with a bold print reminiscent of the 1960s or ’70s.

This cotton shift has charming puff sleeves and a sweet floral print for a country princess vibe. endless rose

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It’s most common to see mini dresses in casual jersey, dressy viscose or stretch rayon spandex blends. But don’t forget about the joys of a woven, crisp cotton. It’s classy enough to wear to work or a nice restaurant, but also blends well with flip flops or tennis shoes, depending on the print.

This chiffon frock comes in a whopping 28 different colors and prints. BELONGSCI

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Ah, bell sleeves. Whether they have ruffles or puffs, are loose at the bottom or end in ties or buttons, bell sleeves add a huge dose of style to any solid-print dress.