11 Denim Dresses To Buy That Easily Step Up Your Style

 
PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP/I AM & CO

PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP/I AM & CO

 

Denim isn’t just for jeans, jackets, and skirts— it’s also the most underrated material in the dress world! Satin, cotton, and tulle get all the hype, but denim never gets any of its proper shine. Denim dresses aren’t just limited to the usual blue jeans material— it can appear in any color of the rainbow. Just like any other fabric, denim can be used to make several different styles of dresses, from A-line to bodycon to shift.

Denim dresses look especially unique when detailed with motifs from your typical pair of jeans, such as zippers, buttons, sewn-on pockets, embroidery, and strategically ripped/fraying hems. Unlike a thin material like satin, it can be worn in any season because of its sturdy construction and looks especially cute in an overall style with a t-shirt thrown underneath. If you don’t have one already (or even if you do), grab a denim dress from this list to add to your wardrobe!


PHOTO: COURTESY ANTHROPOLOGIE

PHOTO: COURTESY ANTHROPOLOGIE

Pilcro Denim Dress

$150 at the time of publication

Though skater dresses are usually made from cotton, this dress still looks sassy with a touch of retro in classic blue denim! Despite its material, the Pilcro Denim Dress from Anthropologie is smart enough to be worn in business casual settings (depending on your office’s dress code) but also trendy enough for a picnic or a trip to the beach. For an adorably retro look, pair this dress with chunky jewelry, a wicker purse or clutch, canvas mules, and a scarf around your neck or updo.

Are you tired of “midi” dresses falling far below your knees? Don’t worry— this dress is also available in petite sizes!

This denim dress is available at anthropologie.com


PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

PHOTO: COURTESY URBAN OUTFITTERS

UO Daphne Corset Button-Front Mini Dress

$50 at the time of publication

This playful buttoned dress from Urban Outfitters is an unexpected gem. It might just look like a standard black denim dress from far away, but up close, this dress features silver metallic thread incorporated throughout the fabric to give it a multi-dimensional look.

Unlike standard denim, this dress’ fabric is stretchy and elastic enough to hug your curves in all the right places. It features a Queen Anne neckline along with subtle puffed sleeves and corset-like detailing for a subtly trendy design. Pair this denim dress with a pair of white sneakers, gold hoop earrings, and a red fanny pack or small shoulder bag for a youthful and fun look.

This denim dress is available at urbanoutfitters.com


PHOTO: COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

PHOTO: COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

Denim Zip Front Sheath Dress

$50 at the time of publication

This plus-size dress (designed by actress Rebel Wilson) embraces its blue jean roots by featuring a ring-pull zipper down its bodice and deliberately visible seams. Clean and flattering, this denim dress’ scoop neck, mini-to-midi cut, and slightly cinched waist make it the perfect go-to item. During the fall, pair it with a scarf, moto jacket, and boots, and for warmer weather, pair it with platform heels and a bucket bag.

This denim dress is available at nordstromrack.com


 
PHOTO: COURTESY MAISON DE MODE

PHOTO: COURTESY MAISON DE MODE

 

Sammy Denim Asymmetrical Dress in Blue

$348 at the time of publication

Sure, a simple, classic denim dress is nice, but why not change it up with this editorial, avant-garde piece from Amur? Blouson sleeves, an off-center buttoned closure, a built-in dress, and an asymmetrical ruffled hem are only some of the unexpected details this dress boasts. And as a bonus, its denim is made of organic cotton! Pair this distinctively quirky dress with simple platform heels and a leather handbag for a look that will turn heads and set trends.

This denim dress is available at maison-de-mode.com


PHOTO: COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

PHOTO: COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

Yo Shortie Denim Shirt Dress

$33 at the time of publication

We all love an oversized button-down vibe— this dress takes inspiration from that look by making a straight-cut, casual denim garment. Walking the line between a shirt and a dress, this piece features a lightweight fabric, rounded hem, and cuffed short sleeves. Wear it to any casual spring or summer outing for a relaxed, bloused dress. If you prefer a bit more shape, pair this dress with a thin leather belt, or leave it straightforward by pairing it with leather booties and your favorite handbag.

This denim dress is available at nordstromrack.com


 
PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP

PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP

 

Keeping My Cool Denim Dress

$65 at the time of publication

Want a rural, Scandinavian-inspired, frock-like dress with a bit of a modern twist? This dress will let you live out your boho dreams with a deep-cut halter neck that almost seems like a cross between a dress and a pair of overalls. Wear this organic-chic denim dress to the farmer’s market or on a walk in the park. It features a wrap design, drop sides, and a below-the-knee cut, perfect for pairing with sandals, a floppy hat, and your favorite artsy tote for free-spirited vibes.

This denim dress is available at shopbop.com


PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP

PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP

Denim Belted Button Down Dress

$39 at the time of publication

This denim dress makes for the perfect classic, feminine fit. Its fabric is lightweight and breathable for all-weather wear, featuring carefully rolled 3/4 sleeves and a built-in belt that ties into an elegant yet subtle bow. Pair this comfortable and timeless denim dress with strappy black heels, a leather over-the-shoulder bag, and your favorite sunglasses for a friendly and sunny look. As a bonus, this dress is available in sizes 1x-3x!

This denim dress is available at nordstromrack.com


 
PHOTO: COURTESY EXPRESS

PHOTO: COURTESY EXPRESS

 

Zip Front Patch Pocket Denim Sheath Dress

$60 at the time of publication

This blue-black denim sheath dress’ clean, geometric design creates an almost industrial vibe. Unlike many other dresses on this list, it is made of classically sturdy denim, creating a boxy but still flattering silhouette. This dress features geometric panels to create a subtle pattern, and a full metal zip down its front. For a utilitarian biker look, pair it with a pleather baseball cap and knee-high black heeled boots.

This denim dress is available at express.com


PHOTO: URBAN OUTFITTERS

PHOTO: URBAN OUTFITTERS

BDG Matilda Denim Button-Down Babydoll Midi Dress

$79 at the time of publication

Yes, babydoll dresses can be flattering! This unique style (rocked by Rihanna during the 2015 Grammys) is characterized by its dramatically high waistline with a floaty skirt, creating a girly, almost doll-like effect. This Urban Outfitters dress in particular features a pleated skirt, button-down side, midi length hem, and mid-wash denim fabric that puts a unique denim twist on the classic babydoll silhouette. Pair it with black leather booties or mules, a wicker clutch, and a bucket hat.

This denim dress is available at urbanoutfitters.com


PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP

PHOTO: COURTESY SHOPBOP

Seamed Dress

$595 at the time of publication

This gorgeously avant-garde dress by Colovos makes wearing quilts stylish! It features a patchwork of denim of different washes, stitched together to create an asymmetrical, slouchy midi dress. Its loose, just-fraying-a-bit hem adds to an eccentric look that’ll have everyone asking, “Where did you get that amazing dress?” Rocking this dress is not for the faint of heart— it’ll earn you a constant stream of attention and compliments! To add to the laid-back yet chic look, pair this unique number with slouchy leather boots, a messy bun, and colorful drop earrings.

This denim dress is available at shopbop.com


PHOTO: COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

PHOTO: COURTESY NORDSTROM RACK

Lia Denim Mini Dress

$50 at the time of publication

Don’t be fooled by this dress’ clean design and simple silhouette— its sleekly flattering features will soon make it your go-to spring/summer dress! Its strategically-placed panels create a subtle waist-cinching effect, its split neckline and cap sleeves add to its sporty vibe, and its deep navy blue fabric matches with virtually any accessory. Pair this cute wardrobe essential with low-top sneakers, a ponytail or bun, and a trendy backpack for a casually cool look.

This denim dress is available at nordstromrack.com

 

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