I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, as it takes perusing my blog for just a few minutes to notice, I’m not a mini dress kind of girl. It’s a style of dress that has become synonymous with “going out”. More specifically a night out. Spaghetti strap or strapless, short and fitted dresses. Maybe this isn’t a stereotypical dress in your neck of the woods, but here in Miami, you can’t go out on any Friday or Saturday night without seeing at least 10.
Now don’t get me wrong, if styled a certain way, I’m into these dresses. It’s only because this style of dress is usually worn in an outfit that looks far from effortless or fun and that’s kind of my M.O. when getting dressed. Even when going out, I like to keep my outfits more laidback and not too sexy or overly polished. So for anyone that shares a similar style aesthetic or maybe just ready to switch things up with this kind of dress, today I’m going to share My Tips for Making a Mini Dress Look More Chill.
SHOP MY LOOK
Before getting to the tips, I want to talk about the specific dress I’m wearing. The brand has so many cute under $100 options for mini dresses. What I like about all of the ones from the brand I’ve shared below is the ruching that’s really flattering-it hugs curves, but because of the layer of ruching it doesn’t feel like it’s overexposing.
My Tips for Making a Mini Dress Look More Chill
Add a denim jacket to the look.
This immediately chills the outfit and also adds a bit of juxtaposition, which I always love in outfits, since most would naturally pair mini dresses with a blazer or leather jacket. Not only will I reach for a denim jacket, but I love an oversized one too, which balances out the tight fit of the dress.
Keep hair and makeup minimal.
I’ll wear a messy low bun or carefree waves (think beachy waves, nothing that looks like you actually used a curling iron or straightener-even when you did). My makeup will be neutral eyeshadow and lips and if anything else a subtle eyeliner. No bright lipstick. No sleek or overly done hair.
Grab heels with personality, rather than the simple stiletto.
You actually can’t tell in the photo above, but my heels have a round, thick lucite heel that is pretty cool-looking. It adds a punch of fun to the very sleek dress, which doesn’t need a pair of equally sleek heels.
If the dress code allows, swap heels for platform or high top sneakers.
I go out in sneakers 75% of the time. Even if my makeup is on point, my hair did and/or my outfit is sleek. I love the look and comfort of wearing sneakers with dresses.
Swap the OTK boots with chunky platform heel boots.
A sexy OTK boot is expected with a mini dress when the temperature drops. Go for a boot with some spunk to mix things up and add some toughness to the look.
too chic and cute post. xoxo.