The New Dress Style Taking Over My Summer Wardrobe

 

Since when did minidresses become so short that they can double as shirts? For the past few years, I've been gravitating more towards midi and maxi styles for the sole reason being minidresses were just too mini. When I partnered up with Express this season to bring you some new seasonal looks, I had my eye on so many new dressesย but to be honest, I was hesitant because of my past experience.

I didn't need to try on more than 2 dresses before I realized that I had obviously been looking in the wrong place. Express aka my summer savior had done it - the modest minidress. Above the knee and short enough to be classified as a minidress versus a midi, but modest enough to take the style from weekend to work!

Working a full time job, my holy grail pieces are always those that are multi-use: perfect for a date night or an event on the weekend and then right into the office during the week.

When it comes to style, I'm a firm believer that if you love something, stock up - and that's exactly what I did. Sharing a few of my favorite minidress styles that I'm loving this season at Express below!

 

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Florals:

I'm loving bright, bold colors this season like this red wrap dress paired with neutral accessories.

This colorful floral is the perfect dress for a summer wedding.


Solids:

Can't go wrong with summer white - love the eyelet hem detail too!

This denim dress would be perfect layered with a tee and paired with some platform sneakers!


More Prints:

Are you into gingham? I always go back and fourth but Iย love the style of this piece!

This classic summer print would be perfect for a work event.


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I'm a total advocate for dressing down a minidress for weekend wear! I paired my floral dress (also similar here) with these backless sneaks (so easy to slip on and go) and a neutral studded crossbody. Accessorized with a felt hat and these fun colored sunnies I found from a street vendor while shooting in SoHo (also love these / these from Express).

Also - amazing news for my petite, curvy + tall girls! Express now offers extended sizing from 00-18 (XXS-XL). I love that more and more brands are hopping on the extended sizing bandwagon and catering to a more diverse range of body types. Makes me feel more excited to share things with you thatย everyoneย can shop ๐Ÿ˜‰

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63 Comments

  1. July 16, 2018 / 3:25 am

    Lovely style, Danielle ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nice pictures as well!! xo

  2. Angelle Marix
    June 5, 2018 / 12:35 am

    Obsessed with this dress! Gorgeous on you! The color and the style are perfect.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    • Danielle
      Author
      June 19, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you friend! <3

  3. Sarah K Tripp
    June 4, 2018 / 12:43 am

    So obsessed with this dress on you! So cute!

    • Danielle
      Author
      June 19, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks lady! It’s such an effortless summer combo with the sneaks!

  4. June 3, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Girl I am with you on shying away from minidresses because of how short they were getting – and I’m only 5″3! I recently started shopping at Express again and have been super pleased with their dresses, tops, and jeans!

    xo, Sara

    • Danielle
      Author
      June 19, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Yes! Lately the selection has been nothing short of amazing for the spring/summer season!

    • Danielle
      Author
      June 19, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Kasey! So many cute pieces this season.

    • Danielle
      Author
      June 19, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      It’s the perfect length!

  5. May 30, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Super cute picks dear, especially the colorful floral dresses. Love the white one, so perfect for summer!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Express’ dress selection is to die for right now!

  6. May 30, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    I actually think this is the perfect dress length, especially in a floral print. Love your cool sunnies as well.

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      It really is the perfect length! Couldn’t resist pairing these sunnies ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. May 30, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Ahhh I’m gonna need this dress to come back in stock real fast because I am OBSESSED. Seriously – this has got to be the cutest summer dress I’ve seen yet! I love the color, the length, and the perfect cut! I need it!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Ahhh I know – but I also loveeee the chambray version of it!

  8. Emily Wilkinson
    May 30, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This is the cutest dress on you! I love the color!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks love! It’s such a gorgeous greenish teal – right up my alley!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Thanks so much Jessica! xo

  9. Melissa
    May 30, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I love tie waist anything & this blue green is gorgeous!๐Ÿ˜

    @melissaEX3

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Yes! Always gravitate towards tie waist styles too.

  10. May 30, 2018 / 12:43 am

    Okay this is the cutest minidress!! I love the length and the color is sooooo beautiful!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:43 am

      Isn’t it gorgeous?! The color is even prettier in person if you can believe it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. May 30, 2018 / 12:26 am

    That dress is adorable! I love the color, the floral and the length. I find that shorter dresses really are too short at times so I’ll have to check out their website!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:43 am

      Yes! Was so pleasantly surprised with so many of the lengths.

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Thanks so much, Rita! The color is what sold me – so unique!

  12. Ruthie Ridley
    May 29, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Such a beautiful print and I love all of the other dress selections!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:42 am

      I can’t say no to a summer floral!

  13. Jessica
    May 29, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Iโ€™m More midi : maxi girl in the summer ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Love florals, greens, and blue shades for sure. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป IG @jersey_jessy
    Xoxo

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 10:40 am

      Always gravitate towards greens and blues too!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      This shade is so pretty – it’s more of a teal which I totally love. Definitely a unique color you don’t see often!

  14. Jenna
    May 29, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    I just bought a similar black dress from target! Definitely need to add some color to my collection for summer though!

    Ig: jennaakurt

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Oh my gosh, I’m just in love with all of the prints and bright colors right now! So many great choices.

  15. Paige
    May 29, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    YES! Every time I try on a new dress the cheeks are hanging out! So frustrating…. I love the length of these though, just enough! @paigemacchiato

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Yes, girl! Drives me crazy. This one is just right!

  16. McKenna
    May 29, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Being 5โ€™ 2โ€ definitely helps with the creeping mini hemline as nothing is too short on me (…yet!). I want to find a perfect midi on me though & that is tough ๐Ÿ™ˆ
    @kennajane94

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Ah, lucky girl! Us 5’5″-ers and up aren’t so lucky. Express has some great midis right now too!

  17. May 29, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    This dress is so cute, it looks fabulous on you and I love how you styled it!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you Cathy! xo

  18. May 29, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    This dress is so darling on you! I love how you styled it with that hat too!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah!

  19. McKenna BASS TRAHAN
    May 29, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Love this dress and I am so with you!! So can’t do the mini dresses out there!!

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      It’s too much! (my 14 year old self would totally be rolling her eyes) haha

  20. Bianca Roman
    May 29, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    I absolutely love the color of the floral print! It looks so lovely on you! Iโ€™m not much of a dress wearer, but I may have to jump in after seeing these. Also, I love how I wasnโ€™t the only one who asked if jumpsuits were an option!!

    Instagram handle : @megatons

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Haha I totally LOVE a jumpsuit too and am a jeans girl at heart..but lately I can’t pass up summer dresses in pretty prints!

  21. Anna English
    May 29, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    Iโ€™m with you, everything seems to be getting shorter and shorter as the years pass by! I love the length and silhouette of this dress.

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Right?! Which is why I was so excited about all of Express’ minis!

  22. Becca
    May 29, 2018 / 1:23 am

    L O V E florals… at any length!!! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’›

    – @becca153

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 29, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Yes to that!!

  23. Jessica
    May 28, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    When I was a bit more fit and curvy I would never stray away from midi.. minis have always seemed to mini for me ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ But now I canโ€™t get enough of jumpsuits and rompers! But these floral dress have caught my eye especially with all these Memorial Day sales.

    Love following you on IG..

    Xoxo
    Jessica (@babyjay_jessica)

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      I have always been the same – midis were my go to! These Express picks are such a flattering length and just perfect for the season! Thanks for following along, Jessica! xx

  24. May 28, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Such a cute dress! I’ve been repeatedly buying yellow floral dresses, so I feel you haha. Floral is just too good for the spring and summer ๐ŸŒผโ˜บ๏ธ

    xoxo Bryanna | @_cominginclutch

    • Danielle
      Author
      May 28, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Ah, I’ve been on such a yellow kick too lately!

  25. Amanda
    May 28, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    What a cute dress! Perfect spring vibes!
    โ€”@bluejeanbrunette

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