1 Trend, 3 Ways: Mini Maxi Dresses

09/01/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

Maxi dresses aren’t just reserved for the older crowd. As Suri Cruise, Ming Lee Simmons, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt prove, these stylish frocks are a sweet look for little girls — and tweens! — too.

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They’re also the ultimate fall transition piece. Just add a light cardigan and your mini fashionista will be all set.

Ready to start shopping? Check out our top picks — for every budget — below!

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus


Perfect for a night out with mom and dad, Studio 342‘s Colorblock Maxi Dress ($78) is beyond chic. We love how the bright pink and green stripes pop against the dark brown, as well as, the pretty back-tie sash.

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From its funky print to its beaded halter straps, Pink Ginger’s Mod Tween Maxi Dress ($42) will undoubtedly become a fast favorite in her closet.

Courtesy of babyGap

Bargain Buy

Talk about cute! Whether you’re shopping for toddler or tween, she’s sure to shine — literally! — in babyGap‘s Sparkly Plaid Maxi Dress ($15).

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Manal on

I just love Zahara and Suri!

Shannon on

Ming is so pretty!

Jennifer on

Suri’s dress looks like a tripping hazard. I’d never put a girl under about 10 in a maxi-dress – I can’t afford the ER bills!

Sky on

That’s the first picture I’ve seen of Suri where you can tell she’s Tom’s and Katie’s daughter. Usually I can only see one or the other but in that picture — she’s very much a mix of the two of them!

Allie-Rose on

Ming is gorgeous and that dress is beautiful on her

Steph on

Jennifer, how is a dress that ends well above the ankles a tripping hazard??!!

meghan on

She probably thinks Suri’s dress is a tripping hazard simply because Suri Cruise is wearing it. As far as I can tell Ming’s looks to be the longest, but none of these dresses look like ‘tripping hazards’. If you think you can’t afford your ER bills, imagine the therapy bills in your child’s future if you raise them to be so terrified of every potential accident in life they end up too neurotic to function.

J-Lin on

Ming is such a doll!

Anonymous on

meghan- i totally agree. maybe jennifer should put her girls in shorts only, to prevent tripping. but wait, they might get colds from overexposed legs :O

brannon on

Zahara has to be the most gorgeous child ever. Stunning!

Rach on

I don’t like little girls in maxi dresses unless they are formal wear. The look like little bag ladies. Mind you, I don’t like the dresses too short either.. Knee length.. now there is a nicer level for kids.

kait on

If only they had an adult version of Zahara’s, I love the ruffles and color but it just looks a little too old for her still.

Kat on

Jennifer, I had the same thought for the style in general. I trip myself in maxi dresses, you can step into your own darn hem, so personally I’d wait until my girl is a little older.

Lori on

Suri’s dress looks like it is just too big on her! Imagine how big it would be on her short father! LOL. Just kidding. Still, it just looks too big. Same with Ming’s. Zahara’s looks OK… probably because of the belt that lifts it up a little.

Mel on

I think the Cruise family just lets Suri dress how she wants and they buy her stuff taht swallows her little body cause she says “I like it”. Mini fashionista? Nope! Her shoes don’t match at all. Ming and Zahara look adorable though. I have to say that Suri looks cuter in this pic than normal….her hair is at least brushed and her feet are touching the ground instead of being carried with a bottle and blankey.

Joyce on

Ming looks so good in her dress with her headband. But what can you expect if she has a fashionista mother?

Jennifer, I agree with you.

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