Mini Dress or Dress for Mini People?

If you remember a few weeks back, I posted a Weekend Wish List of items from Just Fashion Now with a $150 Giveaway hosted by the company itself. In the midst of moving, I never even got around to checking who the winners were! The winners have been announced on the Just Fashion Now Blog in case you were wondering!

As a thank you from Just Fashion Now for spreading the word about their giveaway, I was allowed to choose an item for myself. I picked this Keyhole Long Sleeve Boho Floral Printed Boho Mini Dress. Here’s the catch on this one…they called this a mini dress! In general, mini dresses are too short for my height and taste. But that never deters me from wearing them. I just layer them over pants or leggings. But this one had me wondering when I received it…

Who exactly did they have in mind when they decided to market this as a dress at all?

I am 5’8″ and this so-called mini dress literally does not even cover my vagina! Yep. I said vagina. A not-covered vagina means that this in no way constitutes a dress! Unless you are a mini person, perhaps.

*This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I did some brief research on what constitutes a dress exactly. And the shortest of all categories of dress is called a micro mini dress. And even this length of dress is defined as the hemline falling several inches above the knee. I could not find a definition of any type of dress where the hemline hits above the vagina. Just for clarification, in case you needed it.

It does cover my bum though!

As I said, however, I usually pair dresses over pants anyway, so styling this piece was not that difficult. I love the flowing style of the top over a wide legged crop pant. But when I put it all together, it was a bit frumpy and needed something to give a little more shape, so I added this blue sweater vest.

I do like the key hole/choker detail of the neckline, though.

I have to say that of all the items I have received in exchange for my honest reviews, this one was the worst. The “dress” looks absolutely nothing like the photo. The color is not the same. I don’t think the floral print is even the same. And it most definitely is not a dress! Not for me anyway.  The band around the arms is much too tight. And the fabric is really kind of unsavory (to put it kindly). I would not recommend purchasing this piece. But that is an irrelevant suggestion anyway as it is currently sold out. Yikes.

But they do have this Full Of Grace Burgundy Asymmetrical Printed Dress available which looks like the exact same one with a different name.

I do want to add this, however.  I have been working quite a bit with these clothing companies based in China. I have received many items and I have been quite surprised and pleased with the quality of the pieces. Especially with respect to the price points. So this one bad review probably will not deter me from buying pieces that I love. I mean, we all have bad buys in our closets anyway, don’t we? In fact, so much so that Nancy and I co-host a series where you can share your bad buys with us for a feature on our blogs! You can read more about The Bad Buy Book right here! Next month’s theme is Jewelry!

So what are your thoughts? Mini dress? Dress for mini people? Or not even a dress at all?

Keeping it real on the edge,


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Outfit Details
Top/Mini Dress: Keyhole Long Sleeve Boho Floral Printed Boho Mini Dress c/o Just Fashion Now (No longer available, but similar here).
Pants: LC Lauren Conrad Wide-Leg Cropped Twill Pants.
Vest: Old.
Boots: Mix No. 6 Vecciano Chelsea Boots from DSW.

And a giant Happy Birthday to my first-born! He was born 6 years ago today in the very wee hours of the morning…on his paternal grandfather’s 60th birthday. So Happy Birthday to both of them! Six and sixty-six today!


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.

49 Responses

  1. Wow!!! I don’t even think it would be long enough for my 11 year old to wear!! Haha!

  2. There is no way this could be a dress on anyone!! I’d barely even call it tunic length!

    • I know, Lauren! I have tunics that are about 6 inches longer! And this is the XXL, so you would think it would be even longer than perhaps a Small. I wonder how short the size Small is!


  3. A dress for a wee little girl! But it does make a lovely tunic, and you look terrific. xox


  4. It is a lovely TOP! I particualrly like the neckline, but there is no way it could be called a dress if it doesn’t even cover your vitals! 🙂

  5. Since I am 6 inches shorter than you—it might be dressish for me…if I didn’t mind baring all!!

    • Ha! Jodie, I was thinking maybe someone at 5 feet tall could wear it as a dress. But even 8 inches in length would still be really short! And I am wearing an XXL. So I imagine that a smaller size would be even shorter. I don’t know. I’m stumped. I know I am tall but I am not like crazy tall!


  6. Dress or long top – it looks super on you Shelbee. The colours are perfect on you. A winner in my eyes. x Jacqui

    • Aw, thanks, Jacqui! Actually, it turned out not that bad in the photos. But the elastic band on the sleeves is really uncomfortably snug and the fabric is utterly horrible! So this is probably the last you will see of this!


  7. Patty K

    Red is a great color for you! This is a flattering outfit – dress nice as a top.

  8. I have had this issue with a few ‘dresses’ as well & I am only 5’4!! I love that you wore it as a tunic instead! Too pretty of a color not to get some use out of it

  9. I think it’s no dress. Who can this wear? You look great Shelbee. It’s a great tunic for you 🙂
    XO Tina

  10. Love this dress/top! The same thing happened to me a few weeks ago when I ordered a dress and a tunic was delivered. Looks great with pants tho. Beautiful look!

    xx, Elise

    • Thanks, Elise! I guess the saying is true, “When the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.” More like this, though, “When the online retailer sends you a too short mini dress, make it a tunic”! Ha.


  11. Woman ! you’ve certainly given me a good laugh Shelbee … hahahahhaha I’ve had this happen with on line shopping and Chinese retailers and can only wonder.. Hugs.

  12. Thanks for linking up to our Ageless Style Linkup party.

  13. Call it what you wish, Shelbee but you look great in it

  14. Love the look! So fun!
    Thanks for linking up!

  15. Love the top on you even though it was a dress, Red is another fab color on you Shelbee. Love it with the white pants!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • Thanks so much, Jess! Red is a color that I did not wear much until blogging made me realize how good it is on me! I really need a bright red dress in my wardrobe now. I have been on the lookout!


  16. Wowwww. I am surprised that is meant to be a dress! haha

    Doesn’t even look like a dress! Ah well it’s still nice as a top 🙂

    Sammy @ XX

  17. Maybe a sudo-tunic, perhaps? But not a dress. This made me chuckle. There are definitely times where sites have serious sizing miscalculations, and this is definitely up there with them. I wonder if it was a dress previously manufactured and sold and they attempted to make it again and got the sizing off. Oh well. At least it made for an awesome story and you still rocked it, even if it didn’t fit like it should.

    Thanks for your honesty!

    • Ha! Thanks so much, Mary! I am glad I made you chuckle! It had me laughing, too. And while my husband was taking pictures for me, he just kept saying, “That is the ugliest shirt I have ever seen!” I didn’t think it was all that bad as a shirt, but oh well.


  18. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. That top looks great on you!

  19. I have issues with wearing dresses so short that when I bend over my “origin of the world” is on display (My frenchman can’t stand when I refer to “downstairs” as my vag, so I got creative. I refer to my lady part as “Origin of the World” in homage to the beautiful Gustav Courbet painting and I also refer to it as “Trip to the Cottage” as in the 8-hand ceili dance–my daughter, Oona, used to be an Irish Dancer.)
    Anyway, I love me a short dress but I need bendover-ability without displaying the goods.
    The dress is really, really nice but wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to short as a dress. I would need a complete wax job……

    • OH MY GOD! Catherine, you may be one of my soulmates with those witticisms! Origin of the World and Trip to the Cottage! What wonderful phrases to keep your Frenchman appeased! Hahaha. And bendover-ability…that is an absolute must! I also require fearless squat-ability in a dress. I have two small boys, there is a lot of bending and squatting that goes on around here. And nobody needs to see the Origin of My Boys as I tend to them!


  20. I guess it depends how tall you are but it does look tad short for a skirt but I love the shape and colours


  21. I have no idea how that could be considered a dress! Even though the print is completely different, I do like the colors and it’s so cute styled as a tunic!

    Doused In Pink

  22. No way is that a dress! You couldn’t even wear it with thick tights! On the plus side I do like the colour and how you’ve styled it with the blue vest and ankle boots.

    Emma xxx

  23. You literally had me laughing, I never knew there was anything called micro mini dress! Love how you kept it real


    • I’m glad I could give you a good chuckle, Mel! Who in the world wears micro mini dresses anyway? Strippers perhaps? I do like to show off my legs a lot more lately, but let’s keep the privates covered, shall we?! Thanks for stopping by.


  24. Oh my! Yours looks completely different than the one I received! How crazy it can vary so much from site to site!

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