The mini made a brief reappearance yesterday in Washington. And, at least among some Cabinet wives, the vote was an emphatic no.

Though popular in Europe and New York, minis came in for little favorable comment among several women in the crowd of 1,700 at the "Affair of the Heart" luncheon at the Washington Hilton, sponsored by the women's board of the American Heart Association, Nation's Capital affiliate. The money raised from the lunch, expected to top $25,000, will be used for various Heart Association programs, including the Mamie D. Eisenhower Research Fellowship.

Saks Fifth Avenue showed its spring '82 "Valentine Collections," using jazz dancers from George Washington University and a troupe of dressed-for-Easter children to introduce the models, who wore everything from minis and sun dresses to full-length furs. And what about the minis?

"I had two, and still have them, but I don't expect to wear them again," said Claire Schweiker, wife of the secretary of health and human services. "You have to have a Barbie Doll figure to wear them."

Leilani Watt, wife of the secretary of the interior, didn't wear the mini "back then" and doesn't plan to start now, she said. "I can't plead to having been too young not to remember minis," she said. "I just refused to wear them. My legs are not what you'd wear a miniskirt with."

Many women may want to get out the family album to refresh their memories. Jean Smith, wife of the attorney general, admitted she was "a little thinner then, but I've seen myself in pictures wearing miniskirts and I know I won't be wearing them again." Picture, Leilani Watt and model Gerre Maxwell; by Douglas Chevalier