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Denim shouldn’t be reserved for jeans, and these dresses prove just that – style them up ready for the new season.
Finding the dream pair of denim jeans is no easy task, granted. With various fits, lengths, colours and cuts all vying for attention, it’s likely to become a laborious task rather than one of luxury.
We’re also willing to bet you have a fair few pairs already in your wardrobe, meaning adding another may not make it the most exciting buy on your wishlist for autumn/winter dressing. So let us introduce you to the denim dress, the unsung hero in our closets.
Denim’s virtues are clear: it’s a hardy, substantial material that is perfect for insulating (a must-have for the bleak mid-winter we’re heading into at breakneck speed) and is hefty enough to hold volume in the form of a statement-making piece.
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For those who question just how stylish a dress made from denim could be, look to Rixo, whose sustainable denim collection emphasises embroidery, frills and statement collars. Or E.L.V Denim (short for East London Vintage Denim), who upcycle offcuts into a capsule collection of basics where no two are ever the same.
In short, a denim dress is a winter warmer with serious panache. Opt for a midi or maxi length paired with a joyful jumper for breezy days, or keep the hemline short and sweet with the addition of knee-high boots to keep your legs from feeling the cold.
There’s no shortage of denim dress options, and these are a few of our favourites from the high street to luxury labels.
Levi’s Plus Elowen western mini dress in indigo
Few brands are more famous for their denim offering than Levi’s. Experts in the fabric since 1853, its denim offering is extensive, but this Elowen dress piqued our fancy. Simple in shape with a classic shirt style, pair with chunky loafers, trainers, or boots for a fuss-free look.
Shop Levi’s Plus Elowen western mini dress in indigo at Asos, £90
E.L.V Denim the denim dress
Taking two years to make, the E.L.V Denim dress is a labour of love. Crafted from offcuts of fabric that would otherwise go to landfill, the East London label creates capsule collections of planet-friendly pieces that will work wonders in any wardrobe for many years to come, and this dress is no exception.
Shop E.L.V Denim the denim dress, £745
H&M denim dress
Slouchy in fit with a shirt-style shape, this denim dress is an everyday basic. The stand-up frill collar and cuffs add an element of interest, while the light tone lends itself to neutral accessories.
Shop H&M denim dress, £34.99
Claudie Pierlot Roulie removable-belt organic-cotton denim mini dress
Not your classic cut, this Claudie Pierlot dress is a little more daring. An off-centre button-up front, sharp collar and gold-tone hardware add to the design, creating a tasteful twist of a simple shirt style.
Shop Claudie Pierlot Roulie removable-belt organic-cotton denim mini dress at Selfridges, £279
Jigsaw denim gathered sleeve dress
In a midaxi length, this Jigsaw option can work for a whole host of occasions, from the boardroom to brunch, with the simple swap of a shoe. Boots may be best for more casual occasions, while a low-heeled mule would add a more formal touch.
Shop Jigsaw denim gathered sleeve dress, £155
Rixo Lolita embroidered denim dress
This Rixo dress is incredibly sweet. Short in length, the capped sleeves, chest cut-out and embroidered neckline create a cute style that can be worn year-round, whether paired with boots and a long cardigan, or flip-flops and sunglasses.
Shop Rixo Lolita embroidered denim dress at Farfetch, £225
Warehouse plus size denim western dropped waist midi dress
With a corset-style bodice, button-up front, puff sleeves and full skirt, there’s a lot to this dress, yet the daytime-wear denim fabric brings it back to an everyday style. Pair with knee-high boots on chilly days, or an open-toe mule as pictured for more mild weather.
Shop Warehouse plus size denim western dropped waist midi dress, £71.20
Remain Birger Christensen
Creating a more cocktail-worthy denim dress, this Remain Birger Christensen option has a bandeau neckline, midaxi length and structured shape that skims your silhouette. Silver-tone hardware creates a soft edge, while the flap-top pockets add to the design.
Shop Remain Birger Christensen Elma strapless stretch-denim dress at Farfetch, £260
Monsoon Lola denim midi shirt dress blue
Part of the S.E.W Sustainable range, this Monsoon denim dress has a more formal frock style. Longer in length with flap-top breast pockets and a tie-belt waist, it’s a great option for the office, lunch with friends or everyday errands.
Shop Monsoon Lola denim midi shirt dress blue, £75
Fat Face denim button front knee length shift dress
A shift dress is one of the simplest designs to style. Whether paired with thick tights, boots and a striped knit or pared-back with a simple pump, there’s no limit to how you can wear it.
Shop Fat Face denim button front knee length shift dress, £59
Asos Design curve yoke detail twill mini shirt dress in black
Blue denim may be a bestseller, but darker washes shouldn’t be forgotten about. With contrasting white stitching and a structured style, this dress can be worn all year round with simple seasonal styling tricks.
Shop Asos Design curve yoke detail twill mini shirt dress in black, £42
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