Designer Denim – How To Copy The Look

We are sort in in that transition phase between fall and winter, heavier fabrics will start to feel more comfortable for going out and staying in.

When we think of denim, the majority of us don’t look past jeans, and jean jackets.  We are accustomed to think that denim was meant strictly for casual wear, yet it can be used to create more sophisticated patterns to make dresses, long skirts, jackets and more.

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Here are a examples of high end designer fashions using denim that can look dramatically different than the typical jeans and jacket you are used to seeing.


Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks FloralsWomen’s Embroidered Flowers Denim Skirt $117 Amazon

Embroidered Jean Dresses, Pants and Jackets

Dressing up plain jean outfits with appliques.  Whether you are making a new pattern out of jeans, or cutting up older jeans for a brand new style, consider working with embroidery.

– Em328  On Ebay sells the most up to date, fashionable styles of appliques that can be used for purses, tops, skirts and more.

– Roamans Women’s Plus Size Embroidered Tunic in Navy, white or black.  This top would look stunning with a pair of embroidered jeans- $62 here

Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks FloralsDozens of spectacular styles available from Em328  On Ebay

Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks FloralsShizuka Embroidered Black Corduroy Jacket $98 hereWomen’s Evening Party Wear Handbags with Brass Frame $77 here

Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks Florals

Ashley Stewart Women’s Plus Size Sweetheart Denim Dress $44 on Amazon, Joe’s Jeans Women’s Academy Bustier Dress In Cadence $238 here, Chouyatou Women’s Denim Slim Fit Maxi Wrap Long Dress $77 here, Yacun Women’s Fashion Blue V Neck Denim Maxi Dress $100 here, Yacun Women’s Retro Demin Cap Sleeve Slit Maxi Dress Patched $56 here, Womens Denim Maxi Dress $102 here, New Sexy Womens Slim Denim Floral Embroidery Belted Long Party Dress $134 here

Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks Florals Womens Ultra Soft Lightweight Denim Fit and Flare A-Line Maxi Skirt, $30 Amazon

MyBatua Women’s Zia Denim Skirt in Blue $63 -$73 Amazon

Baby’O Women’s Ankle Length 6 Tiered Long Denim Prairie Skirt, Black and Khaki $48 Amazon

The Denim Long Skirt

Long skirts are so dreamy.  A longer jean skirt can pass in any office with a business-casual dress code.

Here are some patterns I have my eye on:

  • Misses Western Skirt Shirt – here – I love this skirt, because it shows off your waist, but at the same time has more design to it, than something A-line.  You could add extra length to this skirt, and have it go down to the floor.  Wearing this skirt with a pair of high boots would finish this look quite nicely.
  • Flared Hooded Goth Cape Skirt here Again, an A-line skirt will create a clean line across your front section, even if you are plus size.  A-lines go a long way to making you appear thinner.  Here we have a set, which is far more interesting than just working denim piece alone.  Create a mid length cape out of denim, and work a skirt in the same pattern.  You can easily go with white, gray, brown denim for a different twist.  This look would be sensational for fall
  • Vogue Patterns V2971 Misses’ Top and Skirt, here- If you are looking for a skirt that has draping, this one is for you.  This flared skirt is designed above the ankle, and drapes slightly longer at back.  Not your typical skirt.
  • Simplicity 8907 Misses Gunne Sax Skirt – If you adore ruffles, this one might be up your alley.  It gives way to that 19th century look.  This skirt is long, and the ruffles start near the floor.  Go with white denim, and work the lace and ribbon into the design such as the one seen on the cover of the pattern.
  • Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2758- This pattern offers a skirt with a center pleat, which can be worn with boots.  Again, the A-line shape doesn’t add bulk to your figure.  This skirt can be made with pockets and is perfect for the office, or a day out.
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Floral Jackets-

Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks FloralsHot From Hollywood, Ivory 515 $19 here, Hot From Hollywood, White Floral 152 $19 here

MOD Luv Women’s Pastel Floral Print Skinny Jeans $15 here, Vigoss Jagger Skinny Jean Floral Print $37 here

Meranda's Favorite Denim PicksDear-lover Women’s Floral Print Pin up Boned Overbust Waist Cincher Corset Top $13 here,Mabella Women’s Sexy Strapless Floral Printing Lace up Denim Corsets Tops $23 here

Meranda's Favorite Denim Picks Florals

Big Star Women’s Alex Mid Rise Skinny Jean $33-62 here, True Religion Women’s Victoria Mid Rise Skinny 30 Inch Jean In Bohemian Floral $68 here,  7 For All Mankind Women’s Skinny Jean In Nighttime Floral $183 here,  Rose Royce Women’s Bootcut Jeans (Randi / Mink) $66 here, 7 For All Mankind Women’s Skinny Zip-Fly Jean in Jacquard $138 here, Roamans Women’s Plus Size Floral Jacquard Straight Leg Jean $33 here

The Floral Jean

Forget about being plain, when you can go with a bold pattern.  Go for something that adds some color into your wardrobe, and draws on that feminine romantic side of yours.  The best way to pull this look off is to go with a skinny jean, which you can then pair with a gladiator heel, or ankle boot.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff,

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A couple style tips: 

-Wear White– During the spring and summer, you can get away with white jeans.  Who says white is out of style for the winter?  Go for softer colors such as coral, light blue, and pair it with white.
– Go For The Rich Dark Denim– The darker denims can go a long way to making you look so much thinner than you are.  Really dark navy blue looks great with brown leather boots or heels.  Work some contrast there than just pairing dark navy with black.
– A Skinny Jean Isn’t Supposed To Be Mega Tight- A fitted jean can go a long way to bringing out your figure, so try them on, and work with newer styles to bring out those curves. Skinny jeans are simply tapered at the leg.  Often times we make the mistake thinking these jeans need to be super tight, and they don’t in order to look great.
– Throw Away Vintage Jeans That Don’t Fit Well- Throw away older jeans that simply don’t fit right.  It is amazing what a new pair of Levi’s can do for your touche. Jeans that sag or bag just do nothing for your figure.  Having a jean that is also too tight also doesn’t look great either.  Make sure your jean fits, and is comfortable to wear.  Form-fitting (not skinny) jeans flatter your figure in the same way your slacks do.  Straight leg, and boot cuts have been my go-to-jeans for years, as they create a nice thin, evened out appearance.  Try on a few styles, and see which ones work the best for you.

– Don’t Just Pair It With A Shirt, Get More Inventive Than That– No matter how nice your jeans may be, if you pair them with a t-shirt or tank top, you immediately turn them into casual wear. To dress up your jeans, pair them with a nice-button down shirt, blouse, or even a form-flattering sweater.

– Heels Can Make A Huge Difference  To dress up your denim, pair with gladiator flats, heels, or heeled boots.   In a lot of ways, it is more about how you carry yourself while you wear your jeans than the cut or style of the denim itself. If you carry yourself with enough confidence, you can pass off denim as dressy wear any day (or night) of the week!

Karen Millen England Tencel Denim Collection Playsuit - LystKaren Millen England Tencel Denim Collection Playsuit – Lyst

chloe Denim Dress – Lyst

Vogue China February 2012 Couture Denim

Vogue China February 2012 Couture Denim

Anna Sui Spring 2013 Details

Anna Sui Spring 2013 Details

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Arden B. ($69) is carrying a denim tube dress with pleated seams at the neckline and waist. Denim Wrap Dress. Visit lyst

Arden B. ($69) is carrying a denim tube dress with pleated seams at the neckline and waist. Denim Wrap Dress. Visit

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Denim Seen On The Runway In China

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Prabal Gurung Fall 2013

Prabal Gurung Fall 2013

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Miss Sixty

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Kasia Struss by Josh Olins for Dazed & Confused April 2013

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Kasia Struss by Josh Olins for Dazed & Confused April 2013

Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply 2013, Swarovski Embellished Jeans

Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply 2013, Swarovski Embellished Jeans

Balmain Denim Fashion

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Rebecca Minkoff White Jeans

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