We're always so quick to reach for our favorite pair of jeans, but this Spring, we're also making it a point to grab equally cool denim dresses. One part cool-girl, one part tomboy, these picks are all grown-up — and a far cry from any of the versions you may have sported in middle school. Even if you pick a dressier cut with intricate details à la street-style star Miroslava Duma, pictured in Chanel, the staple fabric will always lend a more relaxed vibe, so you can wear it day or night. Right now we're all about 14 denim dresses that feature unique details like patchwork, ruffles, pleats, ties, and more, but if you're a minimalist, we've got you covered, too. Find your perfect version when you keep clicking.
Anne Hathaway was all smiles in LA working a chambray Madewell dress ($138) with unexpected black leather cowboy boots creating a too-cool look we absolutely adore. The actress accessorized her sweet street style — made even sweeter with the PDA between her and fiancé Adam Shulman — with clear Tory Burch shades ($149), a black leather wristlet, and long crystal pendant. Shop Anne's exact dress and fierce shades to work with black cowboy boots for an outdoor concert or pair her denim dress with these bold printed Theodora and Callum wedges ($95, originally $395) for a brunch date with mom.
Reese Witherspoon spent time with her daughter, Ava, in LA looking Summer cute while covering up her baby bump. The actress wore a ruffle-sleeve denim dress with metallic flip-flops and oversized round sunglasses, but it's her straw accessories that really stole the spotlight. On her head Reese sported a straw hat and on her shoulder a summery straw bag. A couple of beaded bracelets added further earthy edge to her warm-weather maternity style, while small hoop earrings lent shine. Pregnant or not, get Reese's look by wearing your denim dress with a straw hat and straw bag. Then finish off with comfy flip-flops, statement sunglasses, a few beaded bracelets, and small hoops to complete your Reese-inspired look.
Katie Holmes has been on a fabulous fashion streak and her latest denim dress outfit is equally noteworthy. While spending time with Suri in NYC, Katie exuded daytime chic in a Madewell denim short-sleeve dress ($138), which she gave shape to with a tan belt. A tan woven bag, round tortoise sunglasses, and a tan leather spiked cuff bracelet served as matching accessories. But the biggest treat was Katie's bright-green flats, which added an unexpected pop of color to her look. Shop similar pieces below and don't forget to spice up your denim dress with pops of tan and green.
Diane Kruger strolled arm in arm with boyfriend Joshua Jackson at the airport in Nice donning a paneled chambray dress, Isabel Marant booties, and the perfect Summer accessories: white sunglasses and a straw fedora. The actress has been on a hot streak in Cannes from her lace-up Versus minidress to her stunning red-carpet gowns, but we love how the A-lister went from high fashion to real life with such ease. Re-create Diane's effortless look with a detailed denim dress, suede ankle boots, and a straw fedora for a daytime look, or sport your denim dress with these colorful ikat UGG espadrilles ($105, originally $150) and a bright bag for a bold combo.
While the nights are balmy, swap out your LBD for a LDD: little denim dress. I'm not talking about just any denim frock; think body-con cuts and dark washes. Personally, I like to pair my LDDs with metallic flats, but you can also dress them up with sleek heels, like AnnaLynne McCord, for an extra sexy appeal. This look is perfect for rooftop parties, pool parties, casual dinners, and everything else Summer. In fact, I think I'll slip into my Marc Jacobs denim corset dress for a dinner date tonight. There's no time like the present, right?
Doesn't a denim dress just take you back to camp or, if you can remember that far back, the sand box? Denim dresses have a very youthful feel about them so, make sure to pick a style that is appropriate for your age. I for one adore this first MJ option, but feel I only have a few years left to wear it (I'm 27). Screw it! I may just have to get it anyway! Here are my picks.
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