If you want to get technical, Fall/Winter 2015 was when denim dresses became a thing. Labels like Gucci and Stella McCartney were some of the pioneers that propelled the trend forward as silhouettes like formal button-downs and dungarees were given a dressy twist.
Come 2017, especially in the heart of fashion week season, the rugged blue fabric has grown to command more runway presence than ever before, especially with denim dresses. Instead of keeping with a handful of familiar forms, designers were dead set on updating the denim dress. Fabrics, details and more were toyed with to breathe new life into the old Western staple. For Spring/Summer ’17, we’ve picked out some of our favourite takes on denim dresses that you can get on board with.
A dash of old Western sensibilities and cutting-edge detail come together in this denim button-down dress. Pair with cowboy boots if you really want to run with the theme.
Ruff sleeves were a massive 90s favourite. Walter Van Beirendonck brings it back in his authentic vintage line with this ruff-sleeved maxi dress, giving structure to a typically flowy dress.
For Balmain’s resort collection, Olivier Rousteing looked to the 70s for inspiration. This panelled Frankenstein of a dress is a stylish mixture of denim and organza, lending the wearer a sexy, peekaboo effect to the look.
Flared denim sleeves and an off-shoulder top go hand-in-hand to make this denim dress a feminine delight.
Contrasting denim colours and patchwork construction are two cornerstones of the current denim wave. Find them embodied in this Sacai mini-dress.
This Stella McCartney denim dress is sporty, fun and perfect for a day out in town. Pair with white sneakers for maximum preppiness.