Haute & Cool: Micro-Dressing

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 MineBootie. 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.





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