3 Ways to Wear Denim Dresses


Denim seems to be everywhere at the moment and it’s a trend that I can’t get enough of. From jeans, to skirts, to dungarees and then just when we thought we’d exhausted most of the options, denim dresses began emerging in all of their glory. The options really are endless.

I’ll admit, the pinafore look isn’t necessarily for everyone. For some of us, it’s far too reminiscent of the primary school days and so I can understand reluctance to embrace the trend but it’s a whole new ball game when your wardrobe meets the denim pinafore dress. I got so wrapped up in the trend that I even bought a second denim dress – an entirely justifiable repeat purchase given the different hues of denim available…

What I love about the denim dress is that it’s so versatile surprising. As a 20 year old currently spending a lot of time interning, nothing makes me happier than knowing I can repeat wear an item of clothing while still making it look entirely different each time, all while not breaking the bank.  That being said, I do have an awful habit of buying one off pieces and then struggling to find anything to wear it with, getting very little wear out of the item as a result but thankfully, this hasn’t been the case with my beloved denim dresses.

Styling Denim Dresses

One of my favourite ways to style denim dresses during the summer is to wear it on it’s own as a dress, layered over a pretty bralette, completing the look with a pair of gladiator sandals.

Alternatively, if that’s a little too revealing for you, denim dresses also look great layered over a t-shirt and worn with trainers, creating a more of a preppy, cool-girl look. Nail two trends in one look with a classic band t-hirt under your pinafore to make the look more edgy.

In the look photographed, I’ve gone for ore of a smarter look. As mentioned above, I’ve spent a lot of my summer interning in London, trying to gain some experience in Fashion PR. Anyone who has been to London during the summer knows that the city heat can be intense at times (not something that a little Northern Irish girl is used to) and so it was a bit of a struggle trying to dress appropriately both for the weather and for work. Thankfully, my trusty denim dress was able to save the day on more than one occasion. Luckily most PR offices are fairly casual in their dress code and so denim and bare legs was totally acceptable. I paired the pinafore with a Missguided white blouse, complete with ruffled sleeves and collar and completely the look with Kurt Geiger heeled sandals to dress up the denim and keep the look smart.

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Photo credit: Georgia Sillitoe

As summer comes to an end and Autumn creeps up on us, I won’t be tucking away my denim dress for hibernation just yet. As previously mentioned, the versatility of this item is definitely a favoured feature in my books and this season I’m ready to get styling with denim dresses, chunky knits and over the knee boots. You haven’t seen the back of the denim dress just yet.

What’s your favourite way to style denim dresses?

Niamh ♥


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