12 Denim Dresses Ready for Summer

A versatile piece for work and play.
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A versatile piece for work and play.
Three easy ways to wear denim dresses. Photos: Marc Piasecki/WireImage and Imaxtree

Three easy ways to wear denim dresses. Photos: Marc Piasecki/WireImage and Imaxtree

As temperatures rise, we're looking at new ways to wear denim. Last week we made the case for denim skirts as an alternative to jeans, and now we're spotlighting another versatile favorite — the denim dress. 

The easiest way to wear it is as a longer version of the denim shirt. There are tons of styling options: roll up the sleeves, belt it, layer it over another dress or simply wear it loose around the body. A shift denim dress is the more sophisticated option, taking advantage of the fabric's natural stiffness for a sleek look. For a playful take on the style, try a pinafore or overall dress. Layer it over a thin shirt (or nothing, if the cut allows) on really hot days when you want something breathable but more ladylike than overall shorts. 

Check out the denim dress styles below for our favorite picks on sale now. 

Shirt Dress

On the street at Paris Fashion Week in 2014. Photo: Imaxtree

On the street at Paris Fashion Week in 2014. Photo: Imaxtree

Shift Dress

Alexa Chung at Paris Fashion Week in October 2011. Photo: Marc Piasecki/WireImage

Alexa Chung at Paris Fashion Week in October 2011. Photo: Marc Piasecki/WireImage

Pinafore/Overall Dress

Model Irene Kim on the street at New York Fashion Week in 2014. Photo: Imaxtree

Model Irene Kim on the street at New York Fashion Week in 2014. Photo: Imaxtree