14 Denim Statement Pieces That Aren’t Jeans
All your spring cleaning efforts have likely opened up some closet real estate, so there’s no time like RN to start rounding out your capsule wardrobe with a slew of new hero pieces. In addition to the usual prospects — a versatile trench, a floral dress and some stylish wellies — this season marks the arrival of denim like you’ve never seen it before. And we’re not just talking about the latest unexpected denim trend on the block (cropped flares, anyone?). Mark our words: It won’t be long before you’re craving an off-duty denim parka or an effortless denim button-front shirt dress that can stand on its own (and always do you right). But first, scroll down for 14 of our favorite denim statement pieces that will put even your trusty boyfriend jeans to shame. Really!
1. Emma Mulholland Check You Later Embroidered Denim Jacket ($408): Coachella-bound babes, rejoice! Run, don’t walk, to snag this hippie-loving embroidered denim jacket that can be teamed with distressed cutoffs and fringed booties for the ultimate festival-going look.
2. Wilfred Free Van Delden Dress ($110): Minimalist does it — it’s not every day you come across a denim column dress with this much ease and French-girl sophistication. Offset the light blue hue and fringed hem with some dainty jewels and a pair of spring break-worthy slides.
3. BDG Tavi Lace-Up Blouse ($69): High-waisted black skinnies: check. Free-wheelin’ lace-up denim crop top: double check. Impromptu dressing just got a whole lot easier thanks to this streamlined uniform that can be edged up just a bit with ankle boots and a bold red lip.
4. ASOS Future Zone Espadrille Sandals ($48): Is it really even resort wear if you don’t have a pair of denim espadrilles on standby? (That’s a trick question). These fashion-forward steppers will look impeccable with a black bikini and an extra-floppy straw hat.
5. & Other Stories Panel Detail Dress ($95): Take note: Everyday denim basics (that are anything but blasé) will serve as the building blocks of your wardrobe this season. Enter the denim panel dress that’s un-fussy enough to be worn on its own, but chic enough to hold its own over a frilly collared blouse and menswear-inspired loafers for a boardroom-approved look.
6. Forever 21 Quilted Collarless Denim Coat ($48): Get ready to perfect your roll-out-of-bed-and-go routine with this oversized quilted denim coat that will inspire you to do less this season. Up the cool factor by tossing it over an effortless striped dress and adding some all-white sneakers into the mix.
7. Free People Baby Love Denim Skirt ($128): Promising both comfort and style, this is the diamond-patterned denim skirt you’ll be flocking to once warmer weather hits. Style the easygoing silhouette with a plain white tee and some throwback suede mules for a trip to the farmers’ market or Sunday brunch.
8. Topshop Moto Stripe A-Line Skirt ($55): Swap out your prized button-front skirt for this striped denim A-line mini that reads cool girl in action. When styled alongside a leather jacket (or a jean jacket for a denim-on-denim look) and some lace-up flats, the outcome will be nothing short of ah-mazing.
9. Free People Green River One Piece ($128): Between music festivals and balmy weekend temps, we can think of an occasion or two (or five) for which this fierce denim romper might come in handy. Perfect your vintage rocker look with a body chain and some retro mirrored sunnies.
10. Northmore Denim Oversized Boxy Tee Dress With Raw Hem Detail ($60): Calling all self-proclaimed lazy girls! This boxy tee dress is the answer to all of your outfit conundrums. For a foolproof weekend look that requires minimal styling, simply slip this guy on with some combat boots and call it a day.
11. Kimchi Blue Aubrie Denim Apron Midi Dress ($79): Who knew a denim apron dress could be this chic (and not matronly in the least)? The lace-up back will straight-up stun without being overly revealing for a number of springtime occasions. Think: metallic slides for an exotic getaway or platform sandals for a spring wedding.
12. Madewell x Daryl K Cecilia Denim Shirtdress ($168): There’s something to be said for a belted denim shirt dress that makes you look (and feel) like you’re on your A-game. For a knockout look that’s just as worthy of date night as the first baseball pitch of the season, keep it simple with sensible flats and a leather tote.
13. Farrow Austin Skirt ($78): Ditch the tomboy aesthetic for this ladylike denim pleat skirt that can be worn on the reg. Complement the conservative midi length with granny-approved heels and top it off with a statement sweatshirt for serious style cred.
14. Reformation Sherpa Jacket ($148): Your favorite denim jacket just got a major upgrade — and with a faux fur collar, no less. For an upcoming spring gala, don’t hesitate to pair this James Dean-esque topper with a fancy ball gown or LBD.
Which of these denim statement pieces will you be investing in this season? Follow us on Pinterest for more upcoming spring trends.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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