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5 ways to wear a mini dress

The mini was officially put back on the agenda at the spring/summer ’20 shows, when the runways were awash with ultra-covetable iterations. So, even if you’re only getting dressed up to go and sit in the garden or for your at-home date night, these designs are sure to spark joy. Scroll down to discover SS20’s most desired pieces and how to style them…

Alexander Wang

Judging by the SS20 collections, fashion’s fixation with the ’90s shows no signs of abating, meaning now is the perfect time to invest in the decade’s most defining piece: the slip dress. Alexander Wang’s glossy black version isn’t just a trophy piece in and of itself, it’s also the jumping-off point for myriad enviable looks. Channel this season’s minimal mood by pairing yours with a luxe cardigan and barely-there sandals. Finally, let Ray-Ban’s round sunglasses add an injection of sartorial nostalgia to your look.

L-R: Saint Laurent, Zimmermann, Oscar de la Renta

Fans of decorative arts will no doubt be besotted with Australian brand Zimmermann’s elegant yet exuberant mini dress. From the riotous floral and batik prints to the bohemian bell sleeves, this diaphanous mini dress makes a head-turning addition to any woman’s closet. Keep your look elevated by finishing with sculptural accessories and jewels by emerging brands The Sant and Completedworks.

For those in search of a timeless mini with a contemporary twist, Loulou Studio’s knitted dress is a no-brainer. Equal measures elevated and understated, this sumptuous oversized sweater is a fail-safe way to style out those mornings when you just can’t help but hit the snooze button. A piece this finely crafted should be finished to an equally exacting standard: Max Mara’s iconic camel coat, Aeyde’s butter-soft leather boots and Loren Stewart’s chain necklace are the ideal accompaniments.

Bottega Veneta
L-R: Valentino; Giambattista Valli; Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Despite launching just a few years ago, Copenhagen-based brand Rotate Birger Christensen has quickly amassed a cult following thanks to its mood-enhancing designs, and has fast become the go-to label for fashion insiders who like to make a statement with their look. Case in point: the ditzy-print mini dress it debuted for SS20. Complete with puffed sleeves and a sultry back cut-out, this piece is a true showstopper. Add some edge to your outfit by finishing this ultra-feminine mini with chunky lug-soled boots.

Christopher Kane

Universally flattering and endlessly wearable, the little black dress is a wardrobe essential for good reason, and Jacquemus’s sculptural iteration is no exception. From the gently cinched waist to the peplum pockets, this pretty-yet-practical dress is an effortless way to transform your look. Let this playful piece set the tone for your entire look by finishing with barely-there sandals and Fendi’s iconic Baguette bag.

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