How to Style a Mini Dress with Rosegal & Link Up On the Edge #55

Do you remember my post from May, Mini Dress or Dress for Mini People? If not, you should read it. I use the word vagina. Four times to be exact. In reference to a dress that does not cover mine. And here I have another one for you!

*This is a sponsored post. I received this dress in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Except this time, I knew this dress would not fit me like a dress. I knew it would not be quite long enough. But I really liked the floral print and the color palette and the high-low hem and the lacy detail on the back. So I ordered it anyway with the idea that I would style it as a tunic. Which is really the only way to go when one receives a dress that is too short to be worn appropriately as it was intended.

So how do you style a mini dress that is just much too mini? Easy peasy. You need a bottom! Whether it be leggings, jeans, shorts, or a skirt, you just need a bottom piece that coordinates nicely and has the right proportions. So this dress turned out to be a bit more difficult than I anticipated to style as a tunic. I don’t wear leggings in the summer so that was not even an option. Over shorts, it was frumpy. Over jeans, it was just plain awkward. I tried a maxi skirt and that was weird. Then I dug out this denim skirt that I have had for a few years and I don’t think it has ever been worn. But it seemed to be exactly right. The body skimming pencil fit balanced the flowiness of the top and the dark denim was perfectly suited to the dark floral print.

I added an old pair of laser cut leather sandals which were a necessity for pedicure day. A long tassel necklace, a straw cloche hat, and my go-to Jord watch completed the look for a casual summer day.

Outfit Details
Top: Plus Size Lace Panel Floral High Low Dress c/o Rosegal.
Skirt: Cato Fashions (From a few years ago. See all denim skirts here).
Necklace: Cato Fashions (No longer available. See all tassel necklaces here).
Shoes: B.O.C. from Famous Footwear (From a few years ago. View all B.O.C. sandals here).
Hat: Target (No longer available, but view all hats here).
Watch: Jord.

Please keep in mind when ordering from online retailers: know your measurements and choose your size based on that. I generally wear a 1XL or a 2XL in American sizes. For reference, I am wearing a 4XL in this Rosegal dress.

And now onto your favorite posts from last week’s link up.

Catherine of Atypical 60 shared her post What I’m Wearing. The Summer Face. And I’ve Been a Naughty Girl. Check out all of her fun fashion ideas! And how exciting that she is working on a book! She needs a little help with finding an editor. So if you have any good suggestions for her, do pop on over and share them in her comments!

Catherine of Atypical 60

Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes shared her post New Hair, New Attitude. Check out her fabulous new hair and another style that she had the chance to give a “test run”!

Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes


Thanks so much for all of your continuous support! I hope you find some fabulous new blogs to follow!

Keeping it on the edge,

Shelbee

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

64 Responses

  1. This is why I love reading your blog, Shelbee!! You take something and make it work!! I love that about you! Because does it matter that this is called a minidress. Most people would see the name and not even look at the item. Yet you are showing it perfectly as a shirt over that skirt!!
    You rock!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Jodie, you are too sweet! Thanks so much! It is amazing how I can make some of these things work, but when I receive them in exchange for a review, I need to find a way to make them work! So far, I have been quite successful at it. Except for the pair of adorable fur lined purple booties that were just so small I couldn’t even fit my feet into them! So the best I could do was post a photo of them. However, I just recently gifted those booties to my photographer and she LOVED them! She is a size 8 and the size 10 fit her perfectly. Ha.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  2. Warrior Mama

    Now I have to go back and count how many times you said vagina.

  3. LOL … vagina. You crack (haha) me up. The denim skirt under your “tunic” was a perfect choice. You look fabulous. Thanks for the link up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • Oh, Rena, that just made me LOL! And I don’t use LOL unless I am actually laughing out loud. Which I did, by the way. Why is the use of the word vagina so extraordinarily funny?! I suppose because it is somewhat inappropriate while not being really that bad. Maybe. I don’t know. But a laugh is a laugh and laughs are good! So I’m glad I “cracked” you up which in turn cracked me up! Thanks for the compliment and the laugh!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  4. It would be a mini dress on me! (little titch) I love how you have styled it shelbee. I like the detailing on the back too xx
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

  5. The mini dress works really well over the denim skirt! Tunics can be tricky. Well, I think flowy tops in general can be tricky. You really need to balance them out, and you did that perfectly.

    I brought a couple new wide bottoms and too many flowy tops on our recent vacation without trying on each outfit (something I usually do), and things did not work out very well… It’s still always a bit of a surprise to me when outfits really don’t look at all like they look in my head… 😉

    Thanks so much for the feature, Shelbee! You really made my day!

    • Andrea, thank you so much for the lovely comment! And I, too, get disappointed when I plan an outfit in my head and it turns out ridiculous in real life! But then with a little manipulation and playing around in my closet, I can usually find a way to make things work. It was my pleasure to feature you and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  6. Shelbee, the whole outfit looks great! Good job!

  7. I can’t believe they called this a dress!! I love how you styled it!!!!!
    Jaymie

  8. The blacks and bold colors are just so great on you! And the hat is adorable! The cloche style frames your face so nicely and the black ribbon ties it all together.

    Elizabeth | NattyGal.com

  9. It’s perfect as a tunic! And you’re rockin’ that hat. 🙂

  10. Love how you styled this mini dress. You are rocking this look! 🙂

    http://www.lifeofardor.com

  11. Your super creative! I think I like this dress more as a tunic. Such a versatile piece
    Thanks for hosting,

    xo
    Mel

    • Thanks so much, Mel! It is a pretty cute tunic except I have to be careful with the wide flow of it. It has a tendency to go into frumpville pretty easily! Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  12. Loves your outfit Shelbee! Pretty floral blouse and love your hat. Thanks for sharing hon and hosting:) My linkup is live, so come on by girl! and linkup. Have a great weekend:)

    http://www.tipsyheelz.com

  13. That is a great solution! I also saw a few weeks ago, i think you have seen that too, at Jodie s those extenders. Didn t know that at all, but it s also a great idea for extensions a Mini dress! The back is very surprising! Lovely! But you always are!😘😘😘

    • Thanks so much, Nancy! I definitely need a dress extender (or 5)! I have them on my wish list of things but just never get around to ordering them. I need to fix that!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  14. What a shame it’s not longer Shelbee, but never mind it looks super worn with your ‘bottoms’! The detailing on the back is pretty cool too. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • Thank you, Jacqui! I have a similar one in a blush pink that is a bit longer (but still does need shorts under) and I thought it would be the same as that one. But it totally works as a tunic. I am thinking of pairing it with red skinny jeans and a jacket or cardigan in the Fall.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  15. I loved how you styled this dress! I seems like dresses are getting shorter and shorter so I’m always looking for new ways to wear them. I adore the back detail. Thanks for the link up Shelbee!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Thank you so much, Kathrine! Lately, I actually have been okay with wearing my dress a bit shorter than I used to. But they do need to cover my private parts adequately to even be considered a dress! I suppose on a more petite person, this would work as a dress.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  16. I never know what to call things when I’m shopping anymore – is it a dress? Is it a top? Is it a tunic? Things are so dang short. Your mini dress looks fabulous with the denim skirt, you’re rockin’ the look as always!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Kellyann, that just cracked me up! I never know anymore either if it’s a dress or a top or a tunic or a swim suit cover up. A kimono or a bathrobe. Pajamas or clothing! Ha. So funny! Thanks for the lovely compliment and have a fab weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  17. That’s definitely a mini dress! I love the print too and it’s perfect as a tunic! It looks so good with the denim skirt! Enjoy the weekend!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

  18. Totally love this look! I have a mini dress that I have had for years and now you have inspired me to try to style it this way! So fun! Happy Friday doll! Peace
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

  19. Soo cute!! Love that floral pattern!

    Enclothed Cognition

  20. I love how you styled this dress! Many dresses are often too short for me too, so I wear them as tunics, and I’ll have to try pairing them with a skirt!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

    • Thank you, Rachael! I definitely was surprised that the skirt worked as well as it did! My next styling of this tunic will be over red skinny jeans, I think! Have a fabulous weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  21. Well done, that mini dress would also rock with skinny jeans and black leggings.
    Have a nice weekend friend.

  22. I find that more dresses I like now days are more like a top. I love this one Shelbee and how you styled it 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop.

    • Thank you, Claire! I have been wearing shorter dresses more frequently lately, but certainly not this short! A girl needs to cover her private parts! Have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  23. I love this look! Perfect outfit! That was a fun read!

  24. Sometimes I order ‘dresses’ from sites like that. They work well as tunics! This one is really cute!

    • Thanks, Laura! Yes, I just need to adjust my thinking when the dresses are too short and make them work as tunics. They usually do work well as tunics! Have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  25. A lot of “mini” dresses I bought online are nothing more than longer top. So I wear them with leggings. Very nice pattern of your dress Shelbee. o)

    Anna
    http://www.glamadventure.com

  26. I love how you styled that dress shelbee, I have had to do that with dresses that ended up being WAAAAY too short!

    • Thank you, Stephanie! I knew I would have to style it as a shirt, but I thought it was going to be a bit longer and had planned on wearing it over jean shorts with just a bit of shorts peeking out…but then it was even too short for that and looked awkward! I am just glad I found a way to make it work! I hope your weekend is lovely.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  27. A marvellous outfit. This mini dress works well with the bottom.

  28. Can’t believe that’s really a dress! How would anyone even do so? I like how you styled it though..very pretty 🙂
    Thanks for hosting! Happy Weekend 🙂

  29. Thanks for hosting and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  30. Shelbee, you are so right. That skirt is the perfect proportion for the top/dress. Though I don’t know how Rosegal can call that a dress. It’s a stretch, as I can’t imagine anyone could wear it as without risking being arrested for indecent exposure! But the print and lace inserts is waaaay cute. Oh, and btw, love you in the cloche hat.

    Theresa
    http://www.vintagestylefiles.com

    • Theresa, thank you so much! Yeah, this is definitely not a dress unless you are very, very petite. But it does make for a cute top! I am really loving hats lately but I only have 2 summer ones. I need to rectify this!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  31. Love that look 🙂

  32. I love the Rose top – I like the detail on the back

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