Why a Denim Dress Is the Perfect Transition Piece for FallOn December 01,2021 by Tom Routley
Photographed by Stefan D Ruiz, Vogue, May 2021
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Are denim dresses the perfect pieces for right now? Over at Vogue, we’ll tell you yes! Despite the icy currents your office building’s robust AC system may be blowing your way if you’re back there, we’re actually between seasons at present, transitioning from the dog days of summer to the earliest mentions of fall. And with that, dressing can become a bit perplexing.
Do you still grab for a sundress despite the prickly winds? Is linen acceptable or a sad reminder that you only have a couple summer Fridays left on the calendar? Happily, there’s a simple and stylish answer to all of these conundrums: the denim dress.
A requisite frock for the warmer months ever since Claudia Schiffer poured herself into a Guess Jeans mini to hit the beach in the early ’90s, the denim dress’s lightweight but edgy texture is a perennial must-have that seamlessly shifts with the mercurial temps. As Vogue’s Rickie De Sole explains, “The denim dress is the perfect trans-season staple, as it can play to both warm and cold temperatures depending on how you style it.”
Simply trade your beachy espadrilles for a sturdier pair of boots or throw a biker jacket over your shoulders; an indigo dress can prepare you for whichever way the wind—or the air-conditioning—may blow.
The garment just might be one of the most versatile pieces of clothing out there. Casual summer weekend? The Cos denim shirtdress with a flip-flop is just the thing. Day at the office? A more polished Alexander McQueen A-line dress will do the trick. Below, shop these and more of the best denim dresses for women.
The insider’s guide to what to shop and how to wear it.
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