Back when our grandmothers were going to work or for a night out on the town, they would have to dress to the nines: stockings, dresses, and questionable undergarments. Jeans were only meant for gardens or the weekend.
But these days, ladies of all sizes can still look sleek and stylish while wearing dressy and grown-up denim looks. Check out our Five Different Denim Looks that can be styled up (or down) for dinner or daytime chic.
Look: Daytime Disco
With natural make-up and loose waves, this disco centric look, complete with platform silver high heels peeking out of the flares and a disco ball necklace, is a subtle way to show the world that you are perpetually ready for some Saturday Night Fever.
Wide leg high-waisted jeans from ASOS Curve:
Magenta silk tunic from Rebecca Taylor:
Jeffrey Campbell Foxy platform heels:
Disco ball drop necklace from Topshop:
Disco bag from Calvin Klein:
Look: Truly Outrageous
’80s acid wash denim mixed with girlie pink and a silver starburst purse that looks straight from Jem & the Holograms is, like, so pretty and stuff.
Acid-wash denim a-line dress from Roaman’s:
Silver-grey cardigan from Theory:
Miu Miu starburst leather bag:
Pink agate drop earrings from Charm & Chain:
Tori Burch pink & gold sandals:
Pink glitter heart nailpolish from Kaboodle:
Look: Lavender Fields
With hints of olive, splashes of lavender, and dusty greys, you can look like you were frolicking through an English field with a tattered book of poetry and a shaggy-haired folk musician from Yorkshire.
Faded leopard denim shorts from Forever 21:
Lavender chain necklace from Juicy:
Blue Life olive tunic t-shirt:
Lavender multi-purpose bhakti beads:
Grey suede Aneska booties from Steve Madden:
Lavender nail polish from OPI:
Look: Jungle Jane
This look is a fresh take on the super-glam ’70s and power-hungry ’80s. A loose-fitting denim dress topped with a cream dolman sleeve tunic, cream knee-high boots, lots of fringe, and red lipstick gives you that wild bohemian look with a super-charged sex pot edge.
Adorable denim tent dress from The Gap.
Cynthia Vincent dolman sleeve lace tunic blouse:
Multistrand shell and fringe necklace from Iosseliani:
Nars Jungle Red lipstick:
Frye cream scrunch boots in vintage leather:
Red fringe crossover bag from Tylie Malibu:
Look: Lobster Salad & Champagne
This is the sort of outfit we can imagine ourselves lounging in on a Sunday afternoon, on a pier, eating lobster salad and drinking champagne. baggy boyfriend jeans, a draped embroidered bed jacket, chiffon, and the most amazing embroidered wedges we’ve ever seen.
Seriously, we are getting a second and third job for those wedges.
Peg legged boyfriend jeans from ASOS Curve:
Coral bed jacket with embroidered shoulders:
Cream chiffon top from Bess:
Bumster nail polish from Butter London:
Mustard marble ring from Topshop:
Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz floral wedge pumps: