Given fashion’s long history of revival, it’s no surprise we’re seeing the iconic mini-dress – launched in the ‘50s, iconic in the ‘60s, and a pillar of the fashion world ever since – re-emerging after a brief hiatus along the runways of the world.
It seems every major designer is presenting a fresh take on the Swinging Sixties’ sartorial symbol of liberation. The controversial shift was defined by a hemline at mid-thigh, to promote the exhibitionism and liberality of the postwar era. Yet, it was tempered by the unassuming and feminine pairing of a ballet flat.
The trend has continued to gain visibility over the years. By the 90’s minidresses had entered the workplace and were often coupled with the sophistication of a classic pump. Tom Ford re-instated the stiletto in the early 2000s to define the daring spirit of the new millennium. His interpretation was skillfully tailored and often editorialized with the edge of a boot or bootie.
Perhaps the complexity of our lives warrants the ease of one-piece dressing, making it a chic and efficient option. Today’s update is broader and often smaller; some call it micro-dressing, due to its shorter lengths designed to heighten the impact.
There’s an assortment of styles in rich, fall florals and hues suitable for a variety of occasions. A well-constructed trumpet or bubble-shape body is an elegant dinner look easily adopted into more formal wear given the right footwear. If you love the modernity of minimalist lines, then opt for a blazer-dress providing a confident take on office attire. For a perfectly polished brunch, channel your inner Chanel with a pearl-embroidered tweed.
There’s no denying the free-spirited appeal of the high-fashion silhouette. With the holidays upon us, aim to step out in your own stylish pairing.
Allyson Burkhardt is the founder of “Let’s Get Dressed Image & Style Service.”
ANDREW GN: Belted Jacquard Minidress. Saks Fifth Avenue. $2390.
SAM EDELMAN: Gold Mine Bootie. GILT. $79.99.
SERGIO HUDSON: Plaid Tailored Minidress. Bloomingdales. $2,385.
ALLY NYC: Noble Navy Suede Cap Toe Flat. $245.00.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA: Fil Coupe Flounce Dress. Saks Fifth Avenue. $4,990.
PRADA: Crystal-Embellished Satin Mules. $1,700.
Kiki Vargas Gita Satin Babydoll Dress. Tuckernuck. $672.
Le Silla. Kamala Pointed Pumps. Farfetch. $588.
JIMMY CHOO: Saeda Crystal Ankle Strap Sandal. $1,995.
HALSTON: Lennox Metallic Velvet Cocktail Dress. Bloomingdales. $395.
FARM RIO: Seashell Tapestry Minidress. $225.
GOLDEN GOOSE: Super-Star canvas sneakers. $625.
ALICE & OLIVIA: Embroidered Check Minidress. Alice & Olivia Georgetown. $550.
ROGER VIVIER: Rhinestone Buckle Mules. $2,250.