How To Style A Denim Shift Dress

How To Style A Denim Shift Dress

How well do you love denim? If my guess is as good as yours, then I know every girl loves to own a denim piece. It is a must have staple for every lady. I have seen denim dungarees, bodysuits, play suits, maxi dress and even short dresses, yet I have never owned one.

You know one of those casual visits to your designer, and you begin to talk and then she pulled out this denim fabric. In your head you start thinking of different ways to style it. But because she’s just a badass, she came up with the shift dress style. And because you are a bit extra, you thought of Ankara pockets to make it more creative.

If you are wondering what a shift dress is, Kamdora to the rescue. It is basically a a short dress with a high neck and zero “appeal” on the waistline. It’s boxy in nature and mostly appeal to young ladies.

You can spot a shift dress by its features which are:

  • It almost has no detailing apart from the sleeves and hemline (which is optional).
  • It’s versatile in nature. I mean, with a shift dress, you could layer in on a white collar shirt, a long sleeve top or rock a blazer on it.
  • It has short, long or no sleeves.
  • It’s basically short but for older women, it could be made longer according to their taste.
  • Doesn’t accentuate your curves.
  • It could be either as an A-line dress, without form or asymmetrical on the hemline.
  • This is a very versatile outfit that you can rock from your bedroom to the boardroom.

tips to styling a denim dress

My first thought to styling this was with a mule, and I felt it would really look a bit too simple as I was going to work. And then I felt what if I wear with a white sneakers. Sneakers are like my go to shoes when I wanna feel young, girly and very comfortable. And when I was done styling, my mirror certified me good to go.

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Four Quick Tips to Note When Styling a Denim Dress

1. Do not over accessorize

I thought of wearing a statement neckpiece but I knew it would just make me overtly extra. And that would call attention to my already attention seeking outfit. Plus, the idea was to look simple yet chic-y. In addition, what is the point of wearing a loud neckpiece, the dress already has a high neck. Rather than use a neckpiece, you can opt for a vintage scarf like I did here.

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2. You can style up with a belt

If the dress was pocket free, I’d have switched up with a tiny belt just to define my waist. Sometimes all you need to flatter your shift dresses is a belt to cinch that lovely waist. Remember that a shift dress is designed not to flatter your waist.

Styling a Denim Dress

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3. Choice of Bag

Depending on where you are styling your dress to, you should find a bag that goes with your outfit. You can try a backpack, a sling bag if you are going for a date, hangout with besties, or a casual visit. You can use a clutch for a more formal event. I chose a backpack because I wanted to complete the sporty chic look and I guess it did it well.

Tips on Styling Your Denim Dress

4. Throw a Jacket On It

Should you feel the need to add a little bit of glamour to your dress, you can throw a jacket or blazer on it and find your most comfortable pair of heels.

P.S: This dress was made in 3 days for just N5,000.

Dress , Backpack Thrifted, Sneakers

How would you have style this outfit? Glamorous or sporty? Would you rock this outfit to work? 

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  1. March 16, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Hi Debs!
    I am a sucker for a shift dress anytime, any day!
    The tips you gave,especially about the choice of bag were very helpful, thank you😊
    I also think that one could accessorize with hoops or statement earrings) instead of a statement necklace
    Mahn, this you dress is really fine sha. Really love the touch of Ankara.
    Keep up the good work!!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      March 16, 2018 / 7:07 am

      This means a lot, thanks Desire. Hoops would really look lovely, that’s right

  2. April 2, 2018 / 11:14 am

    You looked great on it and absolutely slayed it. I love denims even though I don’t own enough if it. Great tips dear. Will keep in mind.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      April 2, 2018 / 11:18 am

      I just started owning denims now too. I don’t even know what happened. I had to thrift some jean last weekend. I’m glad you loved it, thanks dear

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