A popular question for ~fashionistas~ in magazine interviews is always "What is the one item every woman should have in her closet." While I think there's probably no one item that every woman would benefit from, my two cents is that most closets would benefit from a denim dress. Like a little black dress, they're incredibly easy and versatile -- as you'll see in a sec, they go with everything! -- but I tend to think they're a little more interesting than the black dress standby. Anytime I see a woman in a denim dress, I think, "damn, that woman has style and definitely didn't accidentally drive away with her coffee on top of her car this morning." Not that I did....but, you know, a denim dress has an air of put-togetherness that I appreciate in another woman.
Because I can't seem to go a week without wearing this denim dress from ASOS, I thought I'd show you a few different ways to style it!
After crushing on goods curated by Houston-based Lisa Chow at Girl Crush Project forever, I saw she was donating a portion of the proceeds on these pastel clay necklaces to the ACLU and finally pulled the trigger on buying my own. The day after it arrived, I wore this outfit to a bagel brunch, followed by one of my bestie's bridal shower. I love how sweet this lil pastel look is! (P.S. It looks like 10% of the sales on these are still going to ACLU if you want to grab one for yourself!)
I mentioned in this post that I wanted to style this ModCloth vest (back in stock and on super sale!) with a dress, and here I am! I have to say, I think this looked cuter in person than it did in photographs (hence only letting you see it from one angle!). This is the perfect early-spring outfit because you've still got a cozy element for those chilly mornings or evenings, but the outfit is pretty perfect for 70 degree weather. Also, I can't stop, won't stop wearing this bag + shoe combo, last seen when I wore this dress here.
vest: c/o ModCloth (on super sale!) // bag: Frye c/o Shopbop // shoes: Old Navy (sold out online, similar booties) // necklace: The Land of Salt
Alright, honesty time. I promise this styling looked way better when I planned it. My photographer and bestie, Chelsea, and I were actually chased by an angry man while we were taking these photos (note the change in location!) and we were trying to be quick when we continued in the back alley of the same building. Everything got real wrinkled in our initial escape (yep, happened twice) and I didn't take the time to tie this scarf as cute-ly as usual. But! Let it be known that a denim dress is as great with bold colors and a vintage-influence as it is for a getaway!
scarf: vintage // earrings: Beehive Boutique (similar) // shoes: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop // clutch: Old Navy (sold out online, similar)
While I can't speak for the men of Austin, the women here are incredible! My sweet friend Miranda of Live Free Creative Co. gifted me one of her incredible shibori-dyed bandanas recently and I've been wearing it nonstop. Of course, I had to try out a monochromatic look with it and my denim dress! Add my favorite purse and a pair of casual loafers, and I've got a great outfit for brunch, Saturday errands, and an impromptu double date over some pizza.
all photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
Since my own denim dress is almost sold out (I'm wearing the UK 12 by the way, and probably should have gotten the UK 10 just because this style is so oversized), I linked to a bunch of their other fun denim dresses below! I included a few from their Curve line, but def check out the site if you're looking for tall or petite sizes too!
P.S. My posting may be a little sparse for the rest of the month. It has rained the last two times Chelsea and I tried to take outfit photos, and I'm about to go out of town next weekend, so I'm a little lacking on content. Also, I'm trying to focus as much attention as possible on the Feel Good, Dress Better workbook, which I am SO excited to be able to share in the next couple of months! I hope you'll forgive me for being a little distant around these parts for a couple of weeks!