Denim skirts have been around in one form or another for the past 50 years, and I have to admit that when I first saw the 70’s inspired version on the cards for the coming seasons I was on the fence. But after hitting my local second hand store and finding perfectly suited styles that just needed a few lazy alterations (read: cutting to the right length), I found myself wearing them over and over – and an addiction was born. They first came on the scene in the 60s when creative and resourceful hippies made full length denim skirts by opening up the inseam of old jeans (and my DIY idols are born!). Since then the denim skirt has managed to evolve with the times over and over. With the huge variation of denim skirt styles there are many considerations if you’re on the hunt for a modern version of this classic piece.
I have shared a few thoughts, ok ok some strong opinions, on the topic below. What can I say? I’m a denim skirt junkie!
Choose the right genre
Relaxed 70’s styles like the A-line button down midi and/or the shorter grungier version from the 90’s are perfect. Opt for mid or high-waisted. Personally I would stay away from 80s styles that are too structured or fussy, like, for example, a stone washed pencil style with a peplum and the teeny-tight-low-rise minis we all had in the 00’s. Think Margot in The Royal Tenenbaums rather than Mariah Carey in Glitter.
High or low
Think of it the same as your favourite pair of jeans. Paired with a t-shirt and sneakers for every day, crop top and sandals for the beach or a silk shirt and heels for a night out. It can even be appropriate for an ‘on-duty’ look if you work in a casual or creative work place when styled carefully.
Don’t be afraid of
Double denim! Unless it’s a perfectly matching set like a cute dark denim crop and high waisted floaty midi, go for at least a few shades different between the top and bottom. The safest option is a light washed shirt tucked into a darker skirt.
Take it into next season (and beyond)
The best thing about the latest denim skirt styles is that they are totally trans-seasonal. Mid-length looks great with knee high boots, knitwear and a coat. While the shorter styles work perfectly with tights and ankle boots.
Don’t worry if
You have an outdated style currently in your closet. It is very likely to come back in fashion in a few years so pop it in storage. Or you can check out my denim skirt DIYs and give and old piece some new life!
Looking to add one to your wardrobe this summer, and your local thrift store not giving you any love? I love this longline version from Topshop, this flippy American Apparel one would be great for a festival, this Asos one would be great for casual Fridays, this J Crew one is so so perfectly styled for there weekend (they always get it so right) and finally this AG Jeans version comes Alexa Chung approved.
Wearing: Thrifted Denim Skirt (cut to the right length), Spell Designs top, Coach Bag, Daniel Wellington Watch, Panama bought in Athens.
Photos by Michelle Tng
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