A woman in a chic Free People Just Hill denim maxi dress.


The Dress Edit

I Never Reach For Denim Dresses For Summer, But These Changed My Mind


When it comes to summer fashion, denim dresses have always taken a backseat in my wardrobe. I’ve always found them too heavy, too restrictive, and not quite fitting the warm, carefree vibe I crave during the warmer months. However, this season, a few pieces have completely changed my mind.


While you rarely see high-end designers crafting denim wear, Balmain and Stella McCartney have both made it to this edit. And before you think they look like every other denim dress you’ve seen, think again. These denim dresses for summer have redefined comfort and style, making them my new go-to for effortless summer dressing. Here are the top picks that made me fall in love with denim outside of a good pair of jeans.

REFORMATION Tagliatelle Denim Midi Dress

A woman in a chic Free People Just Hill denim maxi dress.

FREE PEOPLE Just Jill Denim Maxi Dress

Denim Dresses For Summer Fun


Didn’t expect denim dresses to be perfect for everyday wear? Neither did I. However, Reformation’s Tagliatelle denim midi dress is my idea of chic and casual, making it an ideal choice for fun activities or even parties. The dark denim fabric gives it a polished look, while the midi length adds a touch of sophistication that easily transitions from day to night. Plus, its wash allows you to style with chic pieces like a Versace shoulder bag and the Golden Goose Ballstar sneakers. This is one look that’s effortlessly put together, yet relaxed enough for any of my casual summer outings.


For those carefree summer days, the Free People Just Jill denim maxi dress is another must-have. Its medium wash and button-down design aren’t what I usually go for, but it’s a fun take on everyday wear. This dress is all about ease and comfort, making it ideal for everything from grocery runs to casual picnics in the park. I’d style it with the Allsaints Allington straw tote and Valentino Garavani Espadrille slides for a bit more comfortability. However you pair this effortless number together, denim dresses will always be ready to take on whatever your day has in store.

  • GOOD AMERICAN Denim Tube Midi Dress

  • FREE PEOPLE Just Jill Denim Maxi Dress

  • GOLDEN GOOSE Journey Denim Midi Dress

  • MAX MARA Leisure Faro Topstitched Denim Midi Dress

  • PORRIDGE Rosette Denim Slim Mini Dress

  • STELLA MCCARTNEY Net Sustain Organic Denim Midi Dress

  • REFORMATION REFORMATION Tagliatelle Denim Midi Dress

  • RAMY BROOK Mack Denim Mini Dress

  • MAJORELLE Luda Mini Dress

  • SHOW ME YOUR MUMU Outlaw Dress

  • BALMAIN Button-embellished Denim-jacquard Mini Dress

  • ALTUZARRA ‘Kieran’ Dress

  • JW ANDERSON Asymmetric Denim Midi Dress

  • SUPERDOWN Claudia Sequin Denim Dress

  • PILCRO Sleeveless Denim Midi Dress


Party-Ready Styles


Denim dresses for summer parties are one of the easiest outfits you can pull together. But when it comes to barbecues or outdoor occasions, the Show Me Your Mumu Outlaw dress is the piece I’m choosing. This medium wash, belted mini is as flattering as it is fun. With its short sleeves and tailored fit, it accentuates your figure while keeping you comfortable throughout the day. Pair it with the Maeve Mary Jane slingback heels and the Prada 2005 Saffiano bag to elevate your look. Although, I’d even throw it with a pair of designer sneakers too.


For a luxurious take on party-ready denim, the Balmain denim-jacquard mini dress is my absolute favorite—hence why I left it for last. This dress redefines chic with its printed short bodycon fit and chic button detailing. So, in case you were wondering, yes—this one is in my cart. While there are many casual denim styles on the market, this one stands out to me for obvious reasons beyond it being Balmain. Just don’t forget this Versace shoulder bag and Coperni flower sandals. These accessories really top off these denim dresses for summer.

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A woman stands against a white background wearing the Show Me Your Mumu Outlaw denim mini belted dress—a mini dress featuring front pockets and a zipper. She accessorizes with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, a woven handbag, and knee-high brown suede boots.


A woman with cornrow braids is wearing a Balmain light denim buttoned mini dress featuring a square neckline and button-down front. Perfect as one of the ideal denim dresses for summer, she stands against a plain light gray background, looking off to the side with one hand on her hip.

BALMAIN Button-embellished Denim-jacquard Mini Dress

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