5 Outfits That Might Change Your Mind About Minidresses

It might seem counterintuitive that we’re starting to talk higher hem lengths as the temperatures drop, but the return of the minidress is undeniable. We saw so many excellent street style looks during show season (not to mention a leggy lineup at the Rotate Birger Christensen show in August), and we simply couldn’t forgo it any longer. Against our better judgement (that is, to put our legs into hibernation, razors and all), we can’t help but fall for this trend again.

Don’t worry—we’re not telling you to give up on those dependable midi dresses just yet, but for some reason, minidresses feel really modern right now. It may or may not have been kicked off by the fashion world’s obsession with Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen, whose oversized quilted minis have couture-level details and are on everyone’s Net-a-Porter wish lists right now. Her playful proportions have been inspiring the street style set over the last few seasons, and she’s long been an advocate of clashing pretty dresses with “ugly” shoes.

Jeanette Madsen wears Rotate Birger Christensen dress at Fashion Week

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So how to wear minidresses in 2019? Well, as the weather turns, they make the perfect addition to chunky Chelsea boots or cowboy boots. For weekends, we’re loving them with retro trainers and socks. For evenings, knee-high boots can’t be beaten for a slightly more glam (but still super cool) feel. Adding a blazer is a great way to make dresses smarter, even office appropriate we might say, but feel free to send this article to your boss if you get any funny looks. Keep scrolling for our favourite ways to wear the mini and to shop the best combos out now.

1. Minidress + Cowboy Boots

London Fashion Week showgoer pairs yellow ruffled mini dress with Ganni cowboy boots

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We love this oversized yellow style paired with Ganni’s iconic cowboy boots. 

Showgoer pairs cream a-line mini dress with Mango cowboy boots and black cross-body bag

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The way this showgoer balances having her legs out with a high-necked, long-sleeved mini is great. Let those legs shine. 

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These boots are going straight onto my autumn wish list. They’ll go with everything. 

2. Minidress + Chunky Boots

Showgoer wears black ruffled dress with black chunky heeled ankle boots

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We love the pretty ruffles of this dress balanced out with lace-up chunky ankle boots. 

Showgoer wears hot pink mini dress with puff sleeves and pairs with chunky black biker boots

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This showgoer toughens up her hot-pink ’80s dress with the coolest biker boots. 

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3. Minidress + Blazer

New York showgoer wears toffee coloured blazer over silk mini dress with knee-high boots

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Tonal looks for the win. The blazer just tops this look off nicely. 

London showgoer wears camel blazer over blue shirt dress with cream bottega veneta accessories

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An oversized shirt doubles up as a minidress. We love the pale blue–and-camel combo. 

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Trust us when we say you’ll wear this camel blazer with everything

Simple but effective, Les Heroines dresses are always such great quality. The high neck balances out maximum leg. 

4. Minidress + Trainers + Socks

Copenhagen showgoer wears turquoise green mini dress with nike socks and trainers

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Turquoise and ruffles. We love how this showgoer has dress down her statement dress. 

Copenhagen showgoer wears printed mini dress with trainers and ankle socks

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Classic trainers balance out a floral dress so it’s not too girly. 

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We’ve never seen a leopard-print dress we didn’t like.

Weekday does the best ankle socks. Thank us later. 

A classic we’ve seen on Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss and Pandora Sykes recently. Says it all, really. 

5. Minidress + Knee-High Boots

Showgoer wears off-the-shoulder blue mini dress with Fendi knee high boots

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These Fendi boots would make any outfit look good, to be fair. 

Showgoer wears belted cream mini dress with tan leather knee-high boots

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A new, rougher take on a shirtdress.

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We’re buying this immediately. It’s a bargain you’ll wear all autumn. 

Next, see autumn/winter 2019’s biggest trends in our ultimate guide.

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