7 Different Ways to Wear a Denim Dress
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  • Writer's pictureBrenda

7 Different Ways to Wear a Denim Dress

Updated: Apr 15

A denim dress is a great dress to own especially if you like to wear a chic casual outfit now and then. As denim is considered a casual fabric, denim dresses tend to be kept for less formal occasions and outings. In today’s post, I shall be going over some of the best ways to style a denim dress for different occasions.

When it comes to styling a denim outfit, I have definitely given you some ideas in previous posts. I have a post on How to wear a denim shirt dress and I also have one titled 8 different ways to wear a denim skirt. Both of these blog posts would provide you with additional outfit inspiration if you’re looking to rock denim trends.


Before we dive into the different ways to wear a denim dress, I think it’s important to share some of my favorite footwear to pair with a denim dress. These shoes would help you create your best denim looks whether you’re looking to dress up or down.

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The best shoes to pair with a denim dress

i) A pair of white sneakers

A great way to create a more casual look with your denim dress is to pair it with white sneakers. This is a great summer look you could wear to the mall or for lunch with your friends. I personally love the chunky sneaker trend and here is an instance where you could try out that trend.

These white Puma sneakers would be the perfect choice for a casual denim dress outfit.

ii) A pair of tall boots

Tall boots can be worn with a denim dress during the winter months to add some warmth to your outfit. They don’t necessarily have to be reserved for the cold season as you can create a chic concert outfit by pairing a mini denim dress with over-the-knee boots. Black boots are your safest bet but feel free to experiment with other colors. Add a pair of tights for some extra warmth.

These Kelly & Katie OTK boots would look great paired with a mini denim dress. If you have wide calves, check out this option HERE.

iii) A pair of flat sandals

Flat strappy sandals are a great choice of footwear if you’re wearing a denim shirt dress while on vacation and need a simple cute outfit you can wear all day. Whether your dress is long or short, you can pull off this easy breezy look. Don’t forget the aviator sunglasses and sunscreen!

These Crown Vintage Paysen sandals are a great option to pair with your denim dress outfit.

iv) A pair of high heels

If you’re looing to stand out in your denim dress, heels are the way to go. These could be stiletto heels (if you’re headed to a special occasion, wedges (for less formal occasions) or even mules. No matter your style of denim dress, a pair of heels can make give you a more stylish look. Complete your look with a shoulder bag.

These clear heels are a good option to pair with any denim dress thanks to their neutral appearance.

v) A pair of flats

Sometimes you just want to be comfortable but a little dressed up in your denim dress and flats are the best way to do that. The right pair of flats are comfortable yet elegant. You could have your heels in your tote bag in case you change you mind. Flats could be worn to a weekend brunch or for your kid’s recital.

These ballet flats by Kelly & Katie have such amazing reviews and the best part? You can fit them into your purse!

Now that you know which shoes can easily go with your denim dress look, let’s talk about creating the perfect look with your favorite denim dresses. Feel free to customize these looks to better suit your personal style. This post is more so a guide you can bookmark the next time you draw a blank when styling your denim dress.

1) With a black leather jacket

An easy way to achieve the perfect look with your denim dress is to pair it with a leather jacket. If you are dressing during the colder months, you could add a pair of black tights or leggings to keep warmer. Also opt for a denim dress long sleeves for a Fall or winter denim look. Complete your outfit with a pair of ankle boots and a shoulder bag.

THIS vintage dress would be the perfect dress to pair with a moto jacket.

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2) With a denim jacket

If you’re feeling very daring, try a denim-on-denim outfit, otherwise known as a Canadian tuxedo. Pair your denim dress with a jean jacket to create a bold outfit that would be sure to command attention. You could opt for a classic denim jacket or play around with different colors of denim.

Complete your double denim outfit with a pair of heels or a pair of sneakers if you’re going for a casual vibe.

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3) With a pair of jeans

If you’re a true risk taker when it comes to fashion, I invite you to try this look. Pairing two of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe could prove to be rewarding as seen in Rihanna’s look below. You could choose a denim shirt dress and wear it as a top.

Throw on a pair of denim jeans and boots and you’ve got yourself a look. If you opt for denim shorts, then a pair of knee-high boots could be your footwear of choice.

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4) With a pair of ankle boots

My favorite way to style a midi or maxi denim dress during the colder months is to pair it with ankle boots. Heeled ankle boots can be worn for special occasions. A longline coat or trench coat are my favorite types of coats to pair with longer denim dresses when it’s cold outside.

During the warmer months, I let my bare arms be on full display. For a more western style, try opting for a pair of cowboy boots.

Get the look HERE

5) With combat boots

Yes, I know combat boots are a type of ankle boot, but I think they deserve their own paragraph. This is because combat boots are more casual and add a grungy vibe to an outfit. I suggest pairing combat boots with shorter denim dresses.

You could wear a pair of tights underneath if it’s a cold outside. Complete your look with an oversized denim jacket.

Get the look HERE

6) With a sweater

On those colder days or nights during the Fall season, you can create a modern look with your denim dress by pairing it with a thin sweater. Wear your sweater underneath your dress to show it off and maintain a sleek look.

Another option is to wear a chunky sweater o top of your dress. This would make it look more like a denim skirt. Complete your look with ankle or knee boots.

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7) With a t-shirt underneath

For a fun summer look, pair your denim dress with a white t-shirt. This works best with sleeveless or short-sleeved denim dresses. Wear this casual look to the grocery store, to head to the mall or for a casual meet up with friends.

A pair of sneakers or slides would work great in terms of footwear. To add some sass to this look, choose a graphic tee instead of a regular white shirt.

Get the look HERE

I hope I have provided you with some stylish ways you can wear your denim dress across different seasons. A lot of the looks involve classic wardrobe staples you most likely already own. These easy ways to take your denim outfits up a notch can be applied to all types of denim dresses.

I invite you to check out my post: 10 ways to wear combat boots to see other ways you could style combat boots.

If you're headed to a summer boat party, check out my post: 10 Outfits You Can Wear to a Boat or Yacht Party.

Until the next post,



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