7 Classic Minidress Outfits Guaranteed to Invite Compliments This Summer

I'm contending with something of a style evolution lately. Although, I've fine-tuned my personal style (which often consists of longer hemlines, might I add). Lately, I've been gravitating to shorter hemlines and I've deduced that it's due to the influence of being amongst Parisians who bear mini lengths at the first glimpse of sun.

There's something empowering about embracing pin-bearing styles whilst approaching my mid-thirties and summer is the time to experiment. There's a prevalence of mini dresses once summer rolls around, making it the perfect time to invest in classic summer styles. Although mini dresses lend themselves to a playful aesthetic, many summer dresses are timeless cuts that have remained relevant since the 1960s. Whether it's straight-cut shift dresses, wrap dresses or flounced cotton dresses, there are styles for every aesthetic and most importantly, ample ways to style them and add a layer of personality.

Keep reading for event elevated summer mini dress outfits that are guaranteed to earn you plenty of compliments.

Summer Mini Dress Outfits I'm Loving:

1. LBD + Ballet Flats

Anna wearing a black mini dress and ballet flats

(Image credit: @theannaedit)

Style Notes: Anna's look is simple, but so effective and proves that a LBD never lets you down. Dress it down with ballet flats like Anna or up with strappy heels and statement jewellery; the options are endless!

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2. Slip Dress + Mules

Sylvie Mus

(Image credit: @sylviemus_)

Style Notes: Sylvie Mus' style evokes French timelessness and if there's one simple item French women have spearheaded, it's the mini slip dress with open-back mules.

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3. White Linen Dress + Gold Heeled Sandals

Chloe Pierre wears a white mini dress

(Image credit: @chloepierreldn)

Style Notes: Pictured is Chloé Pierre at our very own WWW Summer House event. Chloé shows ways to elevate a classic summer staple with the use of exaggerated frames and metallic sandals.

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4. Printed Dress + Chunky Sandals

Bubbly Aquarius wears a dress from Lisa Marie Fernando

(Image credit: @bubblyaquarius)

Style Notes: Whilst many people refer to block hues, turn your attention to bold prints with paired-back accessories.

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5. Cotton Smock Dress + Ankle Strap Sandals

Marina Torres

(Image credit: @marina_torres)

Style Notes: Contrary to popular belief, smock nightdresses are best worn outside of the home. The lightweight cotton gauze is exactly what you need in high temperatures. Add bold jewellery are you're set for beach or restful days in the countryside.

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6. Floral Mini Dress + Heels


(Image credit: @emmanuellek_)

Style Notes: Florals are synonymous with summer, and Emmanuelle shows us how to expertly elevate the print with a muted colour tone and classic tan heels. A great evening look for warm nights.

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7. Crochet Dress + Flip Flops + Retro Sunglasses


(Image credit: @tamaramory)

Style Notes: Crochet dresses are trending right now, but that doesn't mean they aren't classic. Opt for a long-sleeved style over swimwear like Tamara for a day at the beach or by the pool, paired with flip flops and retro sunglasses.

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Avalon Afriyie is a freelance writer and storyteller based in London. She specialises in sustainable fashion, health and the narratives of marginalised communities. She has a background in fashion show production and styling, having previously worked on The Clothes Show and with the Lyst Group. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English and contemporary media, she’s worked as a feature writer for an independent publication and a contributor for Quill’s creator network. She now marries her passion for words and style, writing for some of the most esteemed fashion and lifestyle publications, Who What Wear UK and Stylist. Avalon also provides copywriting services, creative consultancy, and visual media for independent businesses, including travel guides, interviews, press releases and blog posts. Her work has been featured on Lush, Contiki, Youswim and Ohne. She spends her days writing to her heart’s content for business and pleasure, shooting on film and dreaming of residing a stone’s throw away from the ocean with her love and a pup (clad in a sweeping frock, of course). She’s currently penning ideas for a book of personal essays and free verse poetry on love, life and the stages in between.