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 dresses 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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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.


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 I 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 that everyone can shop 😉

What is Your Favorite Summer Dress Style?

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63 responses to “The New Dress Style Taking Over My Summer Wardrobe”

  1. Stylease says:

    Lovely style, Danielle 🙂
    Nice pictures as well!! xo

  2. Angelle Marix says:

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


  3. Sarah K Tripp says:

    So obsessed with this dress on you! So cute!

  4. I am OBSESSED with this outfit! I love the sneakers with this dress. Such a cute way to style it for everyday!
    XO Sara

  5. This is the most DARLING dress – it’s so flattering on you, too!

  6. Sara says:

    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

  7. Such a pretty dress! I love express!

  8. I hear you … I have not bought a mini dress in ages. Your’s look just right.


  9. Jessica says:

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

    Jessica |

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

  11. Stephanie says:

    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!

  12. Emily Wilkinson says:

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

  13. Jessica says:

    That dress is so cute! I am all about florals at the moment too!
    xo Jessica

  14. Melissa says:

    I love tie waist anything & this blue green is gorgeous!?


  15. Kileen says:

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

    cute & little

  16. Ruth says:

    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!

  17. Rita says:

    Your dress is so pretty. Love the print, color and style too. Your sunglasses goes perfectly with that dress.

    Rita |

  18. Ruthie Ridley says:

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

  19. Jessica says:

    I’m More midi : maxi girl in the summer ?? Love florals, greens, and blue shades for sure. ??? IG @jersey_jessy

  20. I love this color! I’m not one for green usually but this shade is really eye-catching! Great spring/summer vibes!

    • Danielle says:

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

  21. Jenna says:

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

    Ig: jennaakurt

    • Danielle says:

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

  22. Paige says:

    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

  23. McKenna says:

    Being 5’ 2” 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 ?

  24. Cathy says:

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


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

  26. McKenna BASS TRAHAN says:

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

  27. Bianca Roman says:

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

    Instagram handle : @megatons

    • Danielle says:

      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!

  28. Anna English says:

    I’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.

  29. Becca says:

    L O V E florals… at any length!!! ???

    – @becca153

  30. Jessica says:

    When I was a bit more fit and curvy I would never stray away from midi.. minis have always seemed to mini for me ??‍♀️ But now I can’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..

    Jessica (@babyjay_jessica)

    • Danielle says:

      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

  31. Bryanna says:

    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 ?☺️

    xoxo Bryanna | @_cominginclutch

  32. Amanda says:

    What a cute dress! Perfect spring vibes!

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