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11 hot mini dresses for balmy summer nights

Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images RED VALENTINO Silk Dress With Gold Stars. Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images.

We found you summer’s best mini dresses

Nothing welcomes summer like slipping on a mini dress. A favourite among fashion’s elite, the ’60s-inspired style is the perfect choice for when temperatures start to soar. They keep you feeling cool, looking chic, and this season they’re available in a wealth of different silhouettes, fabrics and prints.

From the long-sleeved and luxurious at Red Valentino, to the feminine and frilled at Camilla, our summer range offers a mini for every occasion – just in time for your social calendar’s busiest time of year.

Keep reading to shop 11 of the hottest minis for balmy summer nights… 

NICHOLAS | Pleated Lace Short Sleeve Mini Dress

A beautifully feminine option for your next cocktail party, this pleated lace mini by Nicholas features a sheer top with delicate lace ruffle detailing. Made in Australia from 100% silk, this mini makes the perfect subtle statement. 

AJE | Alice Mini Dress

Characterised by its exaggerated balloon sleeves – hello ’80s – this Alice Mini Dress by Aje is made from a comfortable cotton poplin. Between its tiered skirting panels and unique in-house designed broderie anglaise print, this mini has party dress written all over it.

RED VALENTINO | Silk Dress With Gold Stars

For a truly special summer occasion you can’t go past this elegant number by Red Valentino. Snapped on the streets of international fashion weeks, this fully-lined mini features a modest round neck, long sleeves and sultry sheer construction. Our favourite part: the subtle gold-toned star print. 

MANNING CARTELL | Ropes & Cords Mini Dress

A stylish pick for any occasion – cocktail party, long lunch or Christmas Day – this mini dress by Manning Cartell boasts a unique ropes and cords inspired design. Featuring elasticated cuffs, a high neckline and partial lining, this is an ideal choice for the woman who likes a point of difference in her look.

LOVER | Plume Lace Mini

A floaty and feather-light mini dress, this elegant pick from Lover features sheer lace capped sleeves, a round neckline and cascading tiers below the waist for volume and movement – the perfect style for any occasion where dancing is involved.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN | Knit Jacquard Mini Dress

It’s impossible to go unnoticed in this Knit Jacquard number by Alexander McQueen. Crafted from a luxurious stretch silk blend featuring a chic interpretation of feminine florals, this statement mini offers a modest crew neck line and retro fit-and-flare style.

DION LEE | Military Blouson Mini Dress

There’s nothing like the feeling of silk on a hot summer’s day, which is one of the reasons why we love this Military Blouson mini by Dion Lee. This long-sleeve silk style features a deep laced v-neckline and silver hardware detail, statement ruched cuffs and elegant blouson sleeves.

STELLA MCCARTNEY | Georgia Fringe Mini Dress

The little black dress meets the mini in this Georgia Fringe style by Stella McCartney. Featuring a skirt and top overlay designed to look like a dress, this minimalist offering is finished with delicately fringed sleeves – a true timeless classic.

REBECCA VALLANCE | Lace Mini Long Sleeve Dress

Elizabethan elegance is given a contemporary twist in this style by Rebecca Vallance. Featuring a ruffle neckline and cuffs with contrast tie detail, long sleeves and a fitted silhouette, this mini will ensure you turn heads the right way at your next special occasion. 

CAMILLA AND MARC | Rein Mini Dress

If you’re looking for a classic to add to your party dress repertoire, this style is for you. A timeless piece designed in a feminine silhouette, cut for a relaxed fit against the body, this Rein mini dress by Camilla and Marc will take you from day to night. 

CAMILLA | The Sweet Escape Mini Button Down Frill Dress

The perfect option for when temperatures soar, this bright and breezy button-down by Camilla will make a versatile addition to your summer party wardrobe. To style, let the frills do the talking, and pare it back with flat sandals or wedges and a simple clutch.  

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