16 Denim Dresses That Will Make You Want To Ditch Shorts Forever

For all of the comfort and ease denim offers, we'll be the first to admit that jean dresses can feel pretty blah. A quick shopping search shows the same mini skirt apron style with little to no variation. Thankfully, designers are mastering the art of retooling the fabric and turning denim into a fashionable, do-it-all textile.

If you live for a poplin, off-the-shoulder maxi dress, you can now find one made out of light washed denim (seriously, see slide 11); and if a lace-up, breezy dress is more your style, Sea's figured out just how to bend a yard of denim to fit its will.

Ahead, 16 dresses that prove just how versatile and cool the utilitarian material can be this season. So give your go-to cutoffs a breather in favor of these jeanius new takes on the denim dress.

Side Party Denim Tie Dress, $72, available at Lisa Says Gah.
Rachel Comey Mesita Dress, $391, available at Rachel Comey.
McQ Alexander McQueen Marianne Denim Mini Dress, $395 $198, available at Net-a-Porter.
Tibi Off-the-Shoulder Denim Midi Dress, $495 $247.50, available at The Outnet.
Mango Asymmetric Denim Dress, $59.99 $39.99, available at Mango.
Zara Striped Dress with Frills, $49.90 $29.99, available at Zara.
M.i.h. Jeans Lola Dress, $335, available at M.i.h. Jeans.
3x1 Twist Dress, $195, available at 3x1.
Jonathan Simkhai Lace-Up Chambray Coverup Dress, $475, available at Intermix.
H&M Fitted Shirt Dress, $49.99, available at H&M.
Apiece Apart Novella Off-the-Shoulder Denim Midi Dress, $301, available at Matchesfashion.com.
Warm Denimono Wrap Dress, $680 $269, available at Barneys New York.
Espirit by Opening Ceremony Denim Ditsy Floral Combo Dress, $225, available at Opening Ceremony.
Topshop Petite Embroidered Daisy Denim Mini Dress, $85, available at Topshop.
Sea Denim Dress with Lace-Up Detail, $499 $349, available at Stylebop.
Farrow O-Ring Denim Dress, $132 $47.99, available at Need Supply Co.
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