Move Over, Jeans: 18 Ways To Refresh Your Wardrobe With Denim
Step aside, jeans! Denim is for more than just accentuating your booty. We’re crushing hard on these denim tops, shoes, and accessories. Check out these 18 ways to don denim in all its glory, without having to shimmy into your skinnies.
Classic Jean Jacket
Every gal needs a sensible jean jacket. Bring it along for date night with a flirty dress and heels, or try your hand at the jean-on-jean trend. Not sure how to start? Check out Jess Ann Kirby’s take on double denim for inspo.
To buy: Denim Jacket, White House Black Market, $110
A jean vest is another useful staple, especially when it’s too hot outside for a jacket. Layer it over an off-the-shoulder dress or a high-neck top and skirt.
To buy: Raw-Hem Distressed Denim Vest, Forever 21, $24.90
Paneled Jean Dress
We adore this denim in dress form—comfier than jeans but even more put-together. Dress it up with heeled sandals, or keep it casual for running errands around town with sneakers.
To buy: AG Indie Two Tone Paneled Denim Dress, Neiman Marcus, $198
Denim Daisy Dukes
These ripped jean shorts from American Eagle would look fab with a sleeveless top and gladiator sandals for an outdoor concert or festival.
To buy: AEO Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short, American Eagle Outfitters, $39.99
Button-Up Jean Skirt
These skirts with buttons down the front have quickly become one of the year’s most popular trends, so of course we’re giving a shout-out to this dark-wash version from Nordstrom Rack. We like the idea of pairing it with boots and a jacket for fall.
To buy: No One Cares Denim Front Frayed Skirt, Nordstrom Rack, $48
The ’90s won’t ever go out of style—so you’d better get your hands on a denim shirt ASAP. This shirt from GAP totally reminds us of something Uncle Jesse (or DJ or Stephanie) would wear on Full House, but it’s still totally chic for today with modern styling.
To buy: Roll-sleeve denim shirt, GAP, $41.97
Want to rock jean from head to toe, but clueless about mixing and matching denims? Enter: jumpsuit. This chambray ensemble would look fierce with heeled sandals and a statement purse.
To buy: Plunging Denim Culotte Jumpsuit, Make Me Chic, $32.90
White Denim Jacket
Mix up your denims with this white jean jacket. We think it’d look trendy with a floral dress and booties or black-and-white stripes.
To buy: Guess 90s Icon Cotton Denim Jacket, Macy's, $37.93
Distressed Denim Boots
All the edginess of ripped jeans without actually having to wear pants—our wishes have come true. These badass thigh-high boots would complete a leather mini perfectly.
To buy: Privileged Shoes Denim Boots, Forever 21, $136.50
Fitted Denim Longsleeve
Another great way to wear denim-on-denim is with a fitted shirt tucked into a pair of jeans. Complete the outfit with booties and a belt.
To Buy: Western Chambray Shirt, J.Crew, $88
Crochet Denim Romper
This romper puts an entirely different spin on denim with its dainty crocheted detail. We think it’d look best with tan or nude wedges to give the illusion of mile-long legs.
To buy: SD Boutique Crochet Denim Romper, Shoptiques, $135
Denim Baseball Cap
Bad hair day? Denim to the rescue! This hat is simple enough to match almost any outfit, so no matter when unruly hair strikes, you’ll be prepared.
To buy: LA Hearts Plain Denim Dad Hat, Pacsun, $8.99
Frayed Denim Skirt
Another take on the jean skirt is this frayed style by Rag & Bone. The messy hems would go well with a band tee and sneakers.
To buy: Dive Skirt, Rag & Bone $225
Up your choker game with this cool denim necklace. An all-black outfit would complement the blue jean nicely.
To buy: Britney Tie-Back Denim Choker, Francesca's, $4.98
Distressed Denim Overalls
Overalls are back and better than ever. Dress them up with heels and an off-the-shoulder top, or keep things simple with sneakers. If you’re still unsure, check out these 16 Ways To Wear Overalls.
To buy: Glamorous Dolores Park Light Wash Distressed Denim Overalls, Lulus, $67
Denim Bell Sleeve Top
The bell sleeve trend is here to stay, and this denim version has us swooning. It’d look adorable with white jeans, wedges, and a statement necklace.
To buy: Denim Bell Sleeve Top, GAP, $49.95
Embroidered Denim Platforms
Rock denim from head to toe (literally) with these sassy platform sandals with embroidered roses. We’d pair these with high-waisted leather leggings, a jean jacket, and a red lip.
To buy: Embroidered Denim Platform Heels, Shein, $36
Off-the-Shoulder Denim Dress
Just when we thought denim couldn’t get any cuter. This boho dress makes us want to throw on our fave sunnies and hit the farmer’s market, STAT.
To Buy: AEO Off-The-Shoulder Chambray Dress American Eagle Outfitters, $49.95
Want more denim? See: Denim Hair Is Actually Cooler Than Any Pair Of Jeans You Own