Designing With Denim Fabrics

With the ’90s revival in full force, it shouldn’t surprise you that denim fabrics are everywhere right now. And I’m not just talking blue jeans! From chambray button-ups to shirtdresses and skirts, the heavy-duty fabric is actually quite versatile. While we all tremble in horror at the memory of Justin and Britney’s matching denim suits, there is a way to get design-happy with the on-trend fabric while not going overboard.

Here are some tips that promise chic results with denim fabrics:

MOTO Acid Pocket T-Shirt Denim Dress


1. Go for simple silhouettes.

This T-shirt dress from TopShop is a prime example, not to mention it’s so very Alexa Chung in its street style savvy. Plus, how easy would this be to sew? You’d hardly need a pattern.



ASOS Premium Denim Dress with Drop Waist

2. Remember, little details go a long way.

Check out the simple ruffle on this ASOS dress. It’s minimal while making a big impact due to the weight of the textile. In other words, there’s no need to get intricate, pick a focal point and try pleats, pintucks, or gathers for standout results.




Denim Darling Top

3. Don’t forget, denim can be delicate.

This fitted Modcloth top demonstrates just that all while sticking to the aforementioned rules. There’s nothing heavy about it, it’s flirty and feminine.



Rio Rancho Printed Denim Dress

4. You don’t have to stick to plain blue.

Denim comes in fun prints like this Shop Ruche dress, it can be bright red or pastel pink, bleached or stonewashed black.



Cooperative Front Pocket Overall Denim Dress

5. Try unconventional designs.

Jeans and jean jackets might be your first instinct, but they’re a dime a dozen in stores and a huge constructional feat. Think outside the box with sweet circle skirts, or even nostalgic pinafores (remember what I said about that whole ‘90s thing?).



Denim Sleeve Cashmere Sweater

6. Use denim accent pieces.

Sleeves, pockets, collars and cuffs can all be made to contrast your main fabric. This cashmere sweater joins soft with structured in one of the most unique ways possible.

What do you think, will you be infusing denim into your future creations?


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