The Fashion Chronicles: Mini Dress
History of Mini Dress.
by Shop By Amy
In the late 1960s, mini dresses went global and started gaining popularity in Japan and the Soviet Union. However, mini dresses were not welcomed in other parts of the world. In countries like Ethiopia and Tanzania, minidress was considered inappropriate, immodest, and signs of youth corrupted by western ideologies. The mini dress is still considered controversial in some parts of the world. Some places such as Uganda banned minidress and clothing that does not cover “anything above the knee” as late as 2013. As late as 2018, minidress caused a controversy in Saudi Arabia when a video of a woman strolling in a religious landmark wearing a mini dress surfaced on social media.
Despite turbulent mini dress history, mini dress has become a timeless piece, designed in various silhouette, style, colors, using endless types of garment, trim, and cut. Try out mini dresses from us.
- A fit-and-flare mini dress consists of a fitted bodice and flowy gathered skirt, giving a silhouette of a letter “A.” Also known as “skater dress,” this dress is flattering on any body type and is comfortable to move around.
- A bodycon mini dress is fitted around the body and is constructed of stretchy material. A popular form of bodycon mini dress but with a ‘bandage’ form is called a bandage dress.
- A wrap mini dress is asymmetrical with a wrap used to tie the dress on the front. It comes in different sleeve lengths. A wrap mini dress with longer, wider sleeves is sometimes called a kimono dress.
- A halter mini dress constructed with a strap around the neck and is suitable for summer. This style can be either casual or formal.
- A pencil mini dress is a slim and narrow dress that’s perfect for work or a night out. Due to its narrow construction, a vent is usually inserted on the skirt to allow women to walk more freely.
- A sheath mini dress is similar to pencil mini dress but is designed with more rigid fabric. These dresses is quite versatile and can be worn as business formal or business casual.
- A peplum mini dress is like a pencil mini dress but with a pleated peplum detail on the waist, accentuating the waistline. This dress flatters on any body type.
- A sweater mini dress is constructed with knitted or crocheted sweater material and is perfect for autumn and winter. A sweater mini dress is often styled with boots and a scarf for extra warmth.
- A shirt dress is constructed with flowy material with a button-top shirt with a collar around the neckline. This dress may not have a waist seam and is often worn with a belt around the waist.
- A slip dress is constructed with soft and lightweight fabric. This dress resembles an undergarment, but rose to popularity recently, and is often worn with a jacket over the dress or a shirt underneath the dress.
- Smock dresses are often constructed with flowy relaxed fabric in a bohemian style. The material is gathered around bust through smocking. This dress often comes with puffy sleeves.
- A T-shirt dress is a loose-fitting, sometimes oversized silhouette. This dress is often worn with a jacket and a pair of thigh-high boots.
- A cocktail mini dress is a timeless piece reserved for a special event. This elegant mini dress is perfect for a date or semi-formal event for a classy or flirty look.
- Handkerchief mini dresses are unconventionally shaped and are made with handkerchief-like fabric. This dress is often relaxed and flowy and is usually worn with a belt around the waist.