The 6 Best Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt Dress
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The 6 Best Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt Dress

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

If you’re looking for an easy way to put together a chic casual outfit, denim shirt dresses are the answer for you. Denim is already considered a more casual fabric and so creating more casual looks comes easy when working with this fabric. In today’s blog post, I would be sharing some of my favorite ways to style denim dresses for different occasions.

You will see that a lot of the tips I would be mentioning in this post are similar to the ones in my post: 5 ways to wear a high low shirt and so I invite you to check out that post for some general tips when it comes to wearing shirt dresses.

A denim shirt dress can come with long sleeves, short sleeves or completely sleeveless. They also come in mini, midi and maxi lengths, leaving you with a wide range of options to choose from.


In today’s post, I hope to provide you with outfit inspiration you can use to create a stylish look regardless of the type of denim dress you may be working with. It only makes sense that I would start off by sharing some great denim shirtdress options in case you are looking to add one or two to your wardrobe.

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i) Banana Republic

Banana Republic is known for their classy takes on many clothing items. Career women don’t have to dress so uptight and are able to have more fun with their wardrobe thanks to the brand. Their take on the denim short dress is no exception as they successfully combine a little sexiness with the right amount of class in this Heritage expedition shirt dress.

If you’re afraid it’s too short for you, you could wear a pair of tights or leggings underneath.

ii) Levi’s

As a brand synonymous with the word denim and a leading brand in this domain, Levi’s brings you several options of denim dresses for women of all shapes and body types. I particularly like this Ellie denim dress with its front buttons and looser fit. It’s one of those denim dresses you could wear to create a casual look whether paired with sneakers or ankle boots.

iii) Boohoo

A long sleeved denim shirt dress would be a great addition to any wardrobe. This belted denim shirt dress from Boohoo would look so cute with either heels, boots or flats. The belt would also make for a more cinched waist. You could also easily slip on a pair of black tights underneath if you don’t feel like showing your bare legs.

iv) Pretty Little Thing

Black denim shirt dresses can be used to put together a more polished look when it comes to denim shirt outfits. This black cinched waist long sleeved denim dress is the perfect option to pair with heels for a bight out. You could also easily style it with a plaid shirt and a pair of sneakers for a day of exploration.

Now that you know my favorite sites to shop for a denim shirt dress, let’s talk about the different ways to style one. I would be serving up some major denim shirt outfit ideas which you can use, no matter your body type. You most likely already own a lot of these complimentary items so feel free to put them to use immediately.

1) With ankle boots

A great way to style a denim shirt dress during the colder months is to pair it with ankle boots. Add a pair of black tights or leggings for some extra warmth and a stylish black leather jacket to complete your look. If you’re working with a chambray shirt dress, you could opt for a pair of heeled ankle boots to make your look more glamorous.

For a more casual look, choose a pair of flat ankle boots. As denim is such a neutral color, you could play around with boots in different colors and prints.

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2) With a pair of sneakers

I love the idea of adding some color to a denim dress outfit. Acid wash denim adds a little character to your regular denim pieces and could be a fun way to rock the denim shirt dress trend. The best way to style this look would be with a pair of white sneakers or a pair of cute sandals if you’re on vacation. Complete your look with some fun accessories and a small cross body bag.

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3) With a pair of skinny jeans

If you’re not one to show your bare legs or if you want to create a completely different look with a denim shirt dress, then this double denim option is for you. You could wear your shirt dress as a shirt and layer it with a pair of blue or black jeans to create a stylish denim on denim attire.

A style tip to successfully pull off this look: use an oversized denim shirt and you could even add a skinny belt on top. I’m a huge fan of mixing denim in similar colors to create the best looks. Complete your outfit with a pair of heels or cute flats.

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4) With high heels

We all know by now that heels can go with practically any outfit. Use a pair of high heels to elevate your overall look when opting for a denim shirt dress. Whether it’s fitted or oversized, a denim dress can be taken up a notch with a pair of strappy heels. Try pairing it with different colors of heels to make your outfit more interesting.

For some more shoe inspiration when it comes to pairing shoes with shirt dresses, check out my post: 8 shoes to wear with a shirt dress. Mules and clear heels look great with sexier shirt dresses while pumps and wedges could be paired with looser-fitting options.

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5) With a pair of tall boots

During the cold weather, you can still rock the denim shirt dress trend. Consider opting for a maxi denim dress and layering it with warmer pieces. You could wear a long sleeve top underneath for instance and a pair of black leggings as well for an extra layer of warmth. You could also wear a sweater on top if needed.

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Another easy way to style a mini denim shirt dress is by pairing it with knee-high boots. Add a thick brown belt to create the illusion of a tiny waist and choose a pair of boots to compliment the color of your belt. Throw on a denim jacket to complete your look. Cowboy boots also work well with this outfit choice.

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THIS balloon sleeve option would also work well with a pair of OTK boots.

6) With lace up sandals

Denim has lots of variations and during the warmer months, I’m a huge fan of trying different shades of denim. Take for instance a white denim shirt dress; it could be paired with a pair of ballet flats, heels, sneakers or even tie up sandals. This would be the perfect dress to wear to visit a museum, grab lunch with your friends or to go for a walk.

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I hope that from tis post, you have obtained sufficient outfit inspo for how to style a denim shirt dress. The most important thing is that you find a shirt dress that fits you properly and then great looks would be easy to create. These are all easy ways to style a denim shirt dress using pieces you most likely already own.

As you can see, your shirt dress does not have to be form-fitting and you don’t necessarily have to bear your legs. So, what are you waiting for to give the denim shirt dress trend a try?

You should check out my post: 8 different ways to wear a denim shirt for some styling tips on how to wear a denim shirt.

I also have a post called 10 ways to wear leather leggings should you be interested in sporting a pair of these this new season.

Until the next post,



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