53 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

Lindsey Lanquist
53 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses
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As a lover of practicality, I’ve long been mini dress-averse. It’s not that I hate fun, or cute clothing, or anything. It’s just that, when you’ve got legs as long as mine, mini dresses are a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. To be clear: This isn’t a #humblebrag so much as it is a lament—I wish I could wear a mini dress without the fear of flashing passers-by looming overhead (or under-skirt?) at all times. For too long, short hemline anxiety has kept me from buying and sporting every cute mini dress I’ve laid eyes on. But this summer, even my most severe apprehensions are no match for the incredible selection of mini dresses on offer; my fear of flashing is strong, but my immense desire for mini dresses is stronger.

Mini dresses have long been trendy. They’ve been a summer staple since I was born—and well before then, too. But something of a resurgence has taken place within the last year. I don’t know if our collective obsession with the noughties is breathing new life into retro styles or what, but there are more mini dresses on offer this summer than there have been in a long, long time. The zeitgeist is being absolutely inundated with cute minis—which is good news for our wardrobes, bad news for our wallets, and I don’t know what kind of news for my state of mind. (Suffice it to say I’m experiencing some serious cognitive dissonance at the hands of this summer’s mini dress selection. And the minis are winning out.)

No matter your thoughts on mini dresses, you can’t deny a few simple facts: They’re adorable. They’re here en masse. And they’re ready to pervade our wardrobes. The least we can do is window-shop them. And the most we can do? Buy them all.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

1. Laura Ashley Penelope Toile Babydoll Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

A seeming floral that isn’t a floral at all.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

2. Motel Selah Sparkly Mesh Bodycon Mini Dress, $54 at Urban Outfitters

Because sheer is the new black.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

3. Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Frida Kahlo Print Mini Dress, $42 at ASOS

I mean, why not take full advantage of the opportunity to wear a print crafted from Frida Kahlo’s face?

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

4. Heavily Embellished Mini Shift Dress, $59.50 at ASOS

Too party-worthy to pass up.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

5. Tied Together Mini Dress, $68 at Free People

Perfect for beachy days and breezy nights.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

6. Sophie Mini Dress, $98 at Free People

An off-the-shoulder shift dress that feels veritably fresh.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

7. Little Bonita Dress, $390 at Free People

All kinds of cute.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

8. Hallie Puff-Sleeve Floral Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Not your average puff-sleeve floral mini.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

9. Sequin Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Summer sequins are officially a thing.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

10. Johnson Tie-Back Mini Tank Dress, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Forget T-shirt dresses—tank dresses are here to keep your summer breezy.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

11. C/Meo Collective Elate Balloon-Sleeve Mini Dress, $180 at Urban Outfitters

A quintessential summer mini if I’ve ever seen one.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

12. River Island Mini Dress, $73 at ASOS

A silky slip dress that’s anything but slinky.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

13. For Love & Lemons May Heart Bustier Mini Dress, $213 at Urban Outfitters

Because hearts don’t have to be a strictly February motif.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

14. Polka Dot Dress, $39.90 at Zara

Zara is single-handedly bringing back summer polka dots, and I’m here for all of it.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

15. The Easy Way Out Corduroy Dress, $35 at Nasty Gal

Because sometimes it’s cloudy and windy during the summer. And when it presents sartorial opportunities this cute, it’s OK.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

16. Sequin T-Shirt Mini Dress, $29.95 at Free People

A sequin mini that feels more bohemian than anything.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

17. Georgina Swing Dress, $282 at Free People

A dress that combines the best parts of 2000 with the best parts of 2019.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

18. Fluorescent Dress, $39.90 at Zara

Neons are summer’s favorite palette.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

19. Colorblock Nylon Half-Zip Mini Dress, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters

For the shopper who loves their go-to windbreaker so much they’d wear it as a dress if they could.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

20. Sequin Dress, $49.90 at Zara

Buy it now, and wear it well into winter (just, you know, layer it over a turtleneck and some tights).

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

21. Show Me Your Mumu Clarissa Embroidered Mini Dress, $129.99 at Urban Outfitters

A textured dress, rendered in a Starburst-worthy palette—I’m sold.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

22. Chelsea Denim Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Who said puff-sleeve minis couldn’t skew incredibly sexy?

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

23. Fringed Dress, $49.90 at Zara

Summer fringe is here to keep your season fun AF.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

24. Posies Mini Dress, $128 at Free People

A no-fail mini you’ll be wearing for years to come.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

25. The East Order Luca Smocked Drop-Waist Mini Dress, $169 at Urban Outfitters

Smocked, ruffled and rendered in gingham—a summer fashion trifecta.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

26. Tail All Leopard Shirtdress, $15 at Nasty Gal

Because animal prints are very much on the sartorial menu this summer.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

27. Cactus Rose Tie-Back Slip Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Aughts-inspired without skewing too on-the-nose.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

28. Basel Sheer Mesh Bodycon Mini Dress, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters

A different way to take advantage of summer’s sheer trend.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

29. Check Bandeau Mini Dress, $45 at Urban Outfitters

Form-fitting gingham? Yes, please.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

30. Malou Linen Button-Front Shirtdress, $49 at Urban Outfitters

The kind of thing you hope to dig out of a thrift shop bin.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

31. Leopard Print Button-Through Mini Dress, $51 at ASOS

It’s versatile and statement-making—could you ask for anything more?

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

32. Katrina Eyelet Tiered Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Textured, ruffled and rendered in one of the prettiest summer shades around.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

33. Dusty Daze Tiered Mini Dress, $61.50 at ASOS

One of the funnest party dresses I’ve laid eyes on in a while.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

34. Blank NYC Suede Dress, $60 at ASOS

Summer suede? Hell yes.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

35. Puff-Sleeve Button-Through Dress, $45 at ASOS

A neon summer dress that feels anything but average.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

36. Urban Renewal Remnants Babydoll Dress, $49 at Urban Outfitters

So cute. So low-key. So perfect for every summer day.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

37. Denim Mini Dress, $39.90 at Zara

Denim minis are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

38. Off-the-Shoulder Floral Dress, $29.90 at Urban Outfitters

Off-the-shoulder, smocked, spaghetti strapped and floral—because you deserve it all, honey.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

39. Striped Tank Dress, $22 at ASOS

So comfy you’ll want to wear it everywhere. So cute you might actually be able to.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

40. Carousel Asymmetric Babydoll Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Look like you walked straight off the runway and into the park (or restaurant, or wherever else you’re headed).

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

41. Sasha Polka Dot Tiered Mini Dress, $49 at Urban Outfitters

More summer polka dots, please.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

42. Like a Lady Mini Dress, $58 at Free People

Undoubtedly the sexiest possible use of ruched detailing.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

43. Sparkle Ruffle Dress, $24 at ASOS

So many decades encapsulated in a single mini.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

44. Casablanca Slip, $88 at Free People

Wear it as a dress on humid days, and throw it over jeans on breezier ones.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

45. Collusion Sequin Bodycon Mini Dress, $33.50 at ASOS

Be the extra AF person you wish to see in the world.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

46. Gingham Seersucker Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

I mean, it’s seersucker—need I really say more?

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

47. Collusion Sparkle Bodycon Mini Dress, $14 at ASOS

Fodder for your next night out.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

48. Tahoe Gingham Stretch Mini Dress, $54 at Urban Outfitters

I mean, it’s just so damn cute.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

49. Draped Dress, $49.90 at Zara

Leave it to Zara to craft a statement-making mini that’s all kinds of elegant.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

50. The East Order Edi Snake Print One-Shoulder Mini Dress, $169 at Urban Outfitters

Nothing says “aughts-inspired” like a purple snake print mini.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

51. Rainbow Striped Mini Sweater Dress, $29.99 at Urban Outfitters

Your favorite cami, rendered in mini dress form.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

52. Ruched Off-the-Shoulder Bodycon Mini Dress, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters

Last year’s fruit print obsession definitely trickled into this year, too.

STYLECASTER | 63 Cute Mini Dresses to Shop, Because Everyone Loves Cute Mini Dresses

53. Heavily Embellished Sequin Mini Dress, $47 at ASOS

Quite possibly the cutest summer party dress on offer right now.

 

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