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How to Wear Dresses Over Denim and Why You Should

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The latest in everyday avant-garde combines your favorite midi dress with your go-to denim for a doubly good outfit. As seen on the street-style set (and on grade schoolers on the playground), the dresses-over-jeans craze is now in full effect—just in time for frigid temps and holiday dressing.

Below, some ways to wear the trend no matter your height or destination, plus some shoppable looks inspired by a cutting-edge fashion pack of style stars.

SHEER

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim

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Not all of us are blessed with Cindy Crawford’s leggy limbs, but shorter women can still work a layered look. Sheer silhouettes create the illusion of longer limbs by leaving little to the imagination—arms and legs remain visible and keep you from looking buried under your clothes.

Tip: ankle jeans will give you more inches, as will a lifted shoe. Even the subtlest  kitten heel will help you walk taller and add polish.

Get the look:

Fuzzi silk chiffon dress | Molly Goddard Emily tulle dress | ASTR the Label Natalie midi dress

WRAPPED

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim

Consider the wrap dress a chic alternative to the comforts of your dressing gown. The sky-high slit makes it perfect to wear over a pair of skinny jeans, which should peek out from underneath for instant tomboy edge.

Get the look:

Diane Von Furstenberg burnout velvet kimono wrap dress | Lost + Wander Elsa satin ruffle wrap minidress | Misa Los Angeles Paloma velvet dress

VOLUME

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim

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A dramatic fashion moment is not for the faint of heart. When it comes to voluminous dressing, the bigger and more ruffled, the better. Go all-in on the trend by pairing your frilliest dresses with some cropped flares and commit to the billowed look.

Get the look:

Marni tie neck side button dress | MARC JACOBS reverse fil coupé dress | Simone Rocha stripe frill shirtdress

SHIRTDRESS

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim

This is the easiest dress style to pull off over pants and reminds us of our favorite boyfriend button-down. Recreate this smart look for the office by pairing your shirtdress over a pair of black trousers, or straight cut denim on casual Friday.

Get the look:

Valentino lace hem cotton poplin shirtdress | Loewe tie waist cotton poplin shirtdress | Proenza Schouler PSWL belted poplin shirtdress

ASYMMETRICAL

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim

Asymmetrical hemlines are made to be layered over pants. The waterfall effect of the graphic skirt makes for an easy fashion statement and offers a glimpse of your equally modern raw-hemmed denim.

Get the look:

Self-Portrait cold shoulder asymmetrical dress | KENZO shark bite flare dress | Proenza Schouler print silk georgette asymmetrical dress

PRINTED

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim

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When wearing a loud print, you don’t want to pull focus in any of the wrong directions. Pair a patterned dress over streamlined trousers—no belt loops, pockets or pleats, please—to keep from disturbing the design on your dress, or layer over leggings for a similarly sleek effect.

Get the look:

Diane von Furstenberg midi silk wrap dress | Topshop humbug stripe knot dress | Simone Rocha beaded pleat front shirtdress

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim
Want more tips on how to wear this trend? We break down how to wear dresses over all types of pants, the perfect Thanksgiving outfit.