40+ Denim Dresses for Summer and Every Style and Size

40+ denim dresses for summer curated by Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen for every size and personal taste.

There’s this thrill when a fashion trend returns that we liked the first go-round. Even better when it’s a trend we weren’t able to pull off the first time. It may have been because of money, of body shape or size, of age, of gender… there are a lot of reasons it’s awesome when the planets align and we get a second chance to do a trend. And this summer, it's your time if you always loved the trend of denim dresses for summer and beyond.

I think many Gen X women have a positive memory of a denim dress. I know I do. My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Winston had a calf-length denim jumper (a pinafore to those outside the US) and I just thought she was the greatest. One year for the first day of school, I wore an acid-washed lightweight denim dress I found at Burlington Coat Factory. It was two sizes too large, but I cinched it with one of my belts, rolled up the sleeves, and popped the collar. And I remember hitting many a nightclub in the late '90s in a fitted calf-length stretch denim dress with detachable straps.

Even more recently, I had a belted denim shirtdress from Boden I wore back in 2016 (I think it may still be in my attic…) and a CityChic jumper I wore in late summer of 2016 as a dress and winter of 2017.

Get The Look: Celebrities in Denim Dresses

The reason denim dresses for summer are great is because silhouette and shoes can transform it to most any aesthetic. Silhouette and shoe choice can make a denim shirtdress look appropriate for the office, a vacation getaway, a baby shower, or running errands.

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Different Styles of Denim Dresses as Seen On:
Rihanna | Gwenyth Paltrow | Jaimie Alexander | Reese Witherspoon | Michelle Williams | Kerry Washington | Kiersten Dunst | Meghan Markle | Kate Bosworth | Jennifer Garner | Blake Lively | Irina Shayk

All that, and good memories from a previous time this trend was in stores? It's no surprise that summer denim dresses have been a hot topic in my Instagram DMs, in the WO2 Community on Facebook, and in comments here at Wardrobe Oxygen.

Get the Look: Shop Denim Dresses for Summer

Loving the denim dress trend any time of year, but especially for the classic Americana with a touch of boho vibe of a denim dress, I love them for summer. I decided to add a denim dress to my wardrobe this summer and went on a search. I wanted to share some of the great denim dresses I found on sale this summer.

Below each collage are descriptions of the dresses with links; I also share the size range available so you don't have to click to find out the items aren't available for you. However, I cannot guarantee the items will stay in stock in all sizes! Then below each collage is a carousel of dresses seen in these collages with their price. The price may be lower if the retailer has a sale taking place; if you click on the image the shopping page will open in a separate browser.

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Shop Denim Dresses for Summer:
Top Row: knee-length belted button-front (sizes 2-22 and petite; I ordered that so expect a future review) | belted maxi denim shirtdress (sizes XS-XL) | dark denim collared shift (sizes XS-XL; click here for same dress in 1X-3X) | flounce hem belted (sizes 2-22 and petite)
Middle Row: dark denim sheath (sizes 0-12) | dark denim spaghetti straps (sizes XS-XL) | ruffled shoulder denim shift (sizes 14W-22W) | short sleeve belted shirtdress (sizes 2-20/22 and long)
Bottom Row: tiered ankle-length chambray (sizes 2-20 and long) | short sleeve dark denim shift sizes 0-24) | dip-dye denim sundress (sizes XS-2XL) | long-sleeve button-front (sizes 2-20)

Shop Modern Denim Dresses for Summer:

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More Summer Denim Dresses:
Top Row: Ivory belted (sizes XS-XL) | overall dress (sizes XS-XL; I ordered this so expect a future review) | long-sleeved chambray trapeze (sizes 0-14) | flutter sleeve denim wrap dress (sizes 00-18 and petite)
Middle Row: acid wash puffed sleeve (sizes 0-22) | jacket-inspired sleeveless sheath (sizes XS-L) | puff sleeve fit and flare (sizes 0-14) | bleached-out shirtdress (sizes 12/14-32/34)
Bottom Row: acid-washed sleeveless shirtdress (sizes XS-XL) | black shirtdress (sizes 00-40) | faded and belted (sizes XXS-XXL) | short sleeve fit and flare (sizes 2-16)

Shop Summer Denim Dresses:

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Once I started I couldn't stop finding great denim dresses for summer!
Top Row: tie-waist with tiered skirt (sizes 0-18 and short) | jacket-inspired long-sleeved a-line (sizes 2-20) | spaghetti strap button-front (sizes 10-30) | sleeveless double-breasted and belted (UK sizes 6/8-18)
Middle Row: cuffed sleeve belted shirtdress (sizes 2-14) | chambray smock dress (sizes 14-24) | belted pocket shirtdress (sizes 4-28 and petite) | chambray tiered sundress (XS-XL)
Bottom Row: ivory denim illusion dress (sizes 00-12) | lyocell denim tent dress (sizes XS-XXL) | dark denim shirtdress (sizes XS-L) | puff sleeve and ruffle hem (sizes 2-14)

Shop Denim Shirtdresses:

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As I mentioned in some of the descriptions, this search found great items for this collage, but also great items for me! I ordered a couple of these denim dresses for my summer wardrobe and I will be sure to report back with which ones worked for me and why!

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3 Comments

  1. Karen
    May 11, 2021 / 12:32 pm

    I really like those overalls that you’ve ordered, but I don’t wear tank tops, actually don’t wear sleeveless. Do you think this would work with a tee shirt instead?

    • May 11, 2021 / 12:33 pm

      I think so if it is fitted! I also think it would be super cute in the winter with a turtleneck.

  2. Rebecca
    May 11, 2021 / 11:55 am

    Giving the Joan Rivers one a try. Haven’t ordered from QVC in a long time, but I have gotten some cute things from them in the past.

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