Mini Dress

I took this mini-dress home after my visit to the Takapuna pop up shop and was so excited that I had to wear it the very next day. I really didn’t notice that the dress was super short when I bought it, so on went the opaque black tights. After trying on a few jackets I remembered that  mini-dresses look best worn either with something very short and cropped, or something almost as long as the dress. This short-sleeved rain coat has been worn many times on the blog.  It has a high, gathered waist in the front and although it’s black, the details and shiny fabric make one of the most unusual pieces in my wardrobe. The dark color complimented the big, abstract, floral print on the dark gray dress. The outfit was completed by a bunch of big plastic bracelets, an off white scarf and turquoise beaded cluster earrings.

As you can see there’s more than a new dress going on at The Style Confessions.  The sidebar has been updated, there’s a new title and the whole layout has been refreshed.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

Those of you who read my blog often might remember the post on The Quest for the “Perfect” Purse.  After digging through sales bins for months I finally found this excellent quality, versatile, black leather tote at Nordstrom. The detailing on the front makes it just unusual enough to keep me from getting bored, and amazingly there is no huge, tacky logo staring me in the face. The purse features a number of practical details like the surprisingly useful handle in the middle. It easily holds all my essentials and works with almost everything in my wardrobe. I couldn’t be happier about it.

  • Dress – Papillon, purchased at the Takapuna pop-up shop
  • Jacket – Ali Re, purchased at Barney’s
  • Bangles – Purchased at the Takapuna pop-up shop
  • Earrings – Anthropologie
  • Purse – Nordstrom
  • Tights – Target
  • Boots – Lou, purchased at Loehmann’s

How do you wear a mini dress?


24 Responses to Mini Dress

  1. Terri
    January 5, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I love the dress. I’ve tried a few styled similarly to how you’ve done it with tights, but I’ve also used the dress as a tunic. I’ve been searching for a similar bag–found something in buttery soft leather in a thrift store, but it’s a little less structured than yours. Lookin’ good.
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      If it was hard to find my bag at retail I can’t imagine how hard it would be to find one at a thrift store, but I think if it can be done you can do it! Your thrifted wardrobe is very impressive.

  2. Alexis Grace January 5, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    The site is looking great—- *almost* as good as you do, love the dress!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks so much Alexis. Glad you like it. I loved your article on pastels. I’m really going to give them a go this spring, although it’s never been my look I want to try anyway.

  3. anne aka SpyGirl
    January 5, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    oooooooh! so cute! love the purse too.
    I wear my minis with a butt-covering tube skirt or leggings. depends on how mini.

    redesign fantastic. fresh + clean. A+
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Leggings are always good under a mini – I might wear it that way next time! So glad you like the redesign. I’m still tweaking actually.

  4. Stephanie January 5, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I love the dress and how you styled it! The pattern and colors on the dress are gorgeous and that Ali Re raincoat is absoulutley fabulous and the perfect addition to this look. Love it. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Thanks so much! I have worn that little coat so many times. It’s just weird enough to be interesting.

    January 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    You’re adorable and I absolutely love the new blog changes! It looks fantastic, Heather!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks Stephanie. I’m so glad you like it!

  6. Stacey - Total City Girl
    January 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    That dress is super mini!! You are brave girl!!

    Love the bag you found and yes, I was very surprised when I saw your new blog design. I like how you have more of YOU in it!!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 8, 2012 at 10:21 am #

      So glad you like the new blog design! And the dress is pretty darn mini. I feel rather brave wearing it.

  7. Dress Code: High Fashion
    January 7, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    What a great 60s-inspired look! (I wish I could wear clothes like that in winter!)

    Hope you`re having a nice weekend, Jenny
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    • Heather Fonseca January 8, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      I am usually so jealous of anyone who lives in a cooler climate in the fall when they’re all wearing sweaters and scarves and I’m sweating in a sundress, but this time of year I’m thankful to not be inundated with snow!

  8. Paula January 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Heather–you know how much I loved that dress! and I love your new format. I did mine over too–have you been by? wondered what you thought!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 8, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I like your new look too! Posted a comment of your blog yesterday.

  9. SACRAMENTO January 8, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Everything you wear becomes stylish, fantastic, Heather.
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    • Heather Fonseca January 8, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Thank you so much Sacramento. You are so sweet.

  10. Yara Simón
    January 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Great dress! I love how the pattern runs through the front and back.

    • Heather Fonseca January 10, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Thanks Yara. I like it when clothing isn’t just designed from the front. So many times I’ll love a skirt or dress but when turned around there are no details, but we live in 3D, so should our clothing!

  11. Bonnie
    January 9, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    As much as I totally adore this dress, I think I love your jacket even more. This whole outfit is super cute.
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    • Heather Fonseca January 10, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Thank you so much Bonnie. I do love that jacket! Here in LA I can wear it year round.

  12. mary jo
    January 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I love your new dress! I don’t have any mini dresses but I have a bunch of short skirts and i wear them with tights–love your whole outfit!

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca January 10, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Thanks so much Mary Jo. I love short skirts. Sigh…