Not sure what to do with all of the gift cards you got over the holidays? You could get the most bang for your buck and put it toward a whole new wardrobe, or you could go the more sustainable route and invest in just one or two designer pieces.
If you’re leaning toward the latter (like a conscious consumer), we’ve rounded up 20 designer denim pieces over $200 to add to your closet. It’s a win-win: You’ll get a statement piece without the guilt of overspending or overconsuming.
1. Alexander Wang Asymmetrical Denim Skirt
Asymmetrical designs always make a statement. This denim skirt from Alexander Wang turned heads on the runway thanks to its sharp cut that exposes just one leg. Style it with combat boots and a bomber jacket to give it even more edge.
2. Julia & Stella For the Fur Salon Fur Trim Denim Coat
This denim coat’s plush fur collar and lining makes it transferable to the coldest weather, and its loose fit gives you the option of adding more layers underneath for extra warmth—though you probably won’t need it. Featuring down and feather fill, the denim is completely winterized.
3. Citizens of Humanity Marta Cropped Denim Jumpsuit
The utilitarian look is here to stay, and this denim jumpsuit from Citizens of Humanity nails it. The piece nods to denim’s workwear heritage with its structured design and oversized pockets, but modernizes it with a faded black wash. Style it with neon pumps to keep it chic.
4. Tre By Natalie Ratabesi Light Wash High-Rise Jeans
As the workplace becomes more casual, formal denim rises in popularity. This high-rise denim features a pleated front and side slip pockets for a shapely, structured silhouette. Make it office-ready with a pair of patent leather loafers and a crisp button-down.
5. Isabel Marant Luam Leather-Trimmed Denim Ankle Boots
These ‘80s-inspired denim boots add a retro touch to any outfit. Featuring acid wash denim and leather trim, these shoes can be folded down to hit at the ankle or pulled up to mid-calf. They also feature a conical heel and a pointed toe, providing even more definition that’s sure to make others notice.
6. Fendi Mini Mon Tresor Denim Bucket Bag
Denim handbags are appropriate for all occasions, so if you’re looking for a small designer piece you can wear with anything, it’s this denim bucket bag from Fendi. Featuring a honey leather trim and bright gold accents, the dark wash denim exterior makes this a stand-out piece.
7. Saint Laurent Grunge Denim Drawstring Backpack
For a more practical denim bag, reach for a grunge-inspired backpack from Saint Laurent. With silver hardware and acid wash denim, the bag sends you back in time to the ‘80s, when bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden inspired fashion.
8. Ulla Johnson Ellis Printed Wide-Leg Jeans
Innovations in dye and finishing are making printed denim more popular than ever. This floral design from Ulla Johnson features a high waist, relaxed fit and cropped flare leg. With an exposed button fly and matching blue hardware, every detail was meticulously crafted for the modern, feminine shopper.
9. Alexander Wang Webbing-trimmed jeans
Denim joggers are as comfortable as they are stylish, and this pair from Alexander Wang features branded taping on the sides that give it some added flair. While the drawstring makes it possible to wear them at the waist, they’re intended to sit low on the hips to give off a slouchy, effortless appearance. Pair with kitten heels and a loose T-shirt to complete the look.
10. 16Arlington Straight-Leg Ankle Jeans with Ostrich Feathers
Why wear animal print when you can wear animal trim? On its own, this pair of high waisted straight leg jeans would be simple, but with the matching black ostrich feathering at the hem, it becomes textured and dramatic. Pair with your favorite shoes, since all of the attention will be at your ankle and below.
11. Marques’ Almeida Frayed Acid-Wash Denim Maxi Skirt
Channel the ‘90s with this neon green acid wash denim skirt from Marques’ Almeida. With a split front and midnight blue undertones, this piece will turn heads and serve as the focal point of your outfit.
12. See By Chloe Acid Wash Denim Mini Dress
This shirt dress from See By Chloe is equal parts utilitarian, feminine and nostalgic. The flap pockets and rigid structuring are balanced out with flirty details, like a curved bottom and slightly cropped sleeves. Pair with bright accessories to complete the look.
13. Balmain Denim Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties
Channel your inner figure skater with these Balmain peep-toe booties, featuring a lace-up design and 4-inch stiletto heel. Every detail down to the leather lining is crafted with luxury in mind.
14. Balenciaga Denim V’d-Waist Miniskirt
The denim mini skirt will always be in style, and this v-waisted piece from Balenciaga adds a touch of flair to the staple. The skirt is available in jet black with silver hardware and features a crisp, clean hem. Pair with a leotard to call attention to unique shaping at the waist.
15. Re/Done + The Attico Embellished Pleated Levi’s Miniskirt
For a different take on the classic denim mini skirt, this Re/Done + The Attico piece combines vintage Levi’s denim with front pleating and embellishments. The black crystal accents at the sides and cinched waist add even more creativity, making this skirt anything but ordinary.
16. Balmain Cropped cotton-blend drill shirt
Though this piece is part of a matching set, this cropped drill shirt from Balmain pairs perfectly with everything from jeans to skirts. Crafted for a boxy, loose fit, the shirt is meant to be worn fully buttoned to create a military-inspired aesthetic.
17. Altuzarra Espadrille Denim & Crocodile-Stamped Leather Bucket Bag
This denim and leather bucket bag adds edge to any outfit. With dark brown crocodile-stamped accents and visible stitching, the piece can easily transition from day to night. It’s lined with beige suede and features a jute bottom interior, providing the small bag with a variety of textures.
18. Stella McCartney Denim Logo Print Jeans
Stella McCartney is known for its dedication to sustainability, so you can feel good about purchasing this pair of dark wash mid-rise jeans. A straight leg with generous stretch, the cuffs feature logo lettering and draw the eye down to the ankle.
19. 3×1 Cutout Denim Jumpsuit
Make a statement with this cutout jumpsuit from 3×1. The banded waist and side cut outs form a tailored look that’s perfect for a night out. Finish off the ensemble with a pair of classic black pumps.
20. Proenza Schouler White Label High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans
If you’re looking for the ultimate wide leg cropped pant, it’s this pair of acid wash denim. Featuring a raw hem and rigid denim, these jeans are a classic ‘80s bottom. Pair with a similarly distressed denim jacket to double down on the look.