16 Fresh Ways To Wear A Denim Skirt
by Emily Tozer
Season after season, denim is a wardrobe essential, but the styles are always changing. For the first time in a long time, denim skirts are back in style, and we don't mean the faded minis of the '90s. These 16 denim skirt outfits are just what you need to jump on the denim-skirt bandwagon this season!
A denim skirt is the perfect piece to go along with the current '70s trend. Charlotte of The Fashion Guitar channels the retro style in a denim mini and cognac suede accessories. Perfect for seasonal transitions, this outfit also paired a denim skirt with a chunky sweater. Notice the masterful half tuck; it keeps the finished look ultra-flattering.
Really rock that throwback '70s style in a denim skirt from Free People.
Work to Weekend
You may not think workday = denim skirt outfits, but Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland knows exactly how to wear the style at the office. Trust us, a denim pencil skirt—without rips or distressing—is totally appropriate for a casual or creative workplace. It's also easy to wear on- or off-duty. Sheryl has the right idea, teaming her denim skirt with a button-down shirt and pointed pumps. A skinny belt is a great finishing touch; it accentuates the narrowest part of your waist.
Editor's pick! We are obsessed with this chic denim pencil skirt with ruffle detail.
Button-front skirts are big this season, so a denim one is extra trendy. Hedvig of The Northern Light toughens hers up with a black tee and a leather jacket. Ankle boots are the perfect finish to this look, but not always. To avoid making your legs look short, wear ankle boots only if your skirt falls above or at your knees. You can really elongate your legs with a lace-up pair with pointed toes.
Bisous Natasha gives the Canadian Tuxedo a feminine twist with a trendy matching set in denim. Take note: The dark, clean rinse is what makes her outfit ultra-modern. Minimal makeup and luxe accessories help, too!
Maxi Denim Skirt
Jana via Garance Dore proves that the denim maxi skirt can be completely modern and fresh despite what you might have thought. The key to pulling off this look is equal parts styling and skirt. It helps if the silhouette is a little form-fitting and free of extra details—tiers, buttons, or frays. A front slit on this one shakes up the modest style. Pair yours with a tucked-in tank—avoid anything loose or baggy—and strappy sandals to lead the eye upward.
Most ways to wear a denim skirt will depend on your personal style, but this simple chic outfit on Julia of Gal Meets Glam can work for anyone and everyone. Just pair a sleek pencil skirt with a white button-down tied at the waist, and change up the look with accessories. We love her fringed sandals, but ankle boots or gladiator sandals would work just as well!
With a Sweater
A lightweight summer sweater is a wardrobe essential. Luckily, it looks effortless paired with just about anything, denim pencil skirt included. The lightly frayed edges give this outfit on Christine of Hello Fashion a nice casual touch.
Meghan Markle's favorite denim brand has the perfectly frayed, but still super classy, denim skirt you need now.
Of the many ways to wear a denim skirt, a bohemian look is at the top of our list. To keep your outfit on the polished side of boho, take a styling cue from Helena of Mi Aventura con la Moda. Forego Birkenstocks and woven bracelets for a breezy floral blouse, layered gold jewelry, and a leather bag.
Unless it's a matching set, denim-on-denim outfits look best mixing light and dark washes. Opt for washes that are at least a few shades different, like this light-wash shirt and medium-wash skirt on Charlotte of The Fashion Guitar. The more contrast, the more interesting the outfit.
Most denim skirt outfits are on the casual side of things. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, though, the skirt is a piece that can be easily dressed up or down. This distressed denim pencil skirt on See Anna Jane is a prime example. Take it up a notch with a silk blouse and metallic accessories.
Denim x 3
If you've mastered double denim, triple denim is the next challenge. Though tricky to pull off, Blair of Atlantic-Pacific looks nothing but chic in her three shades of blue. A voluminous medium-wash jacket balances the form-fitting, super-dark denim pencil skirt and dark denim pumps. Opt for minimal, classic accessories like a few gold bracelets and a swipe of red lipstick.
Keep your simple summer denim skirt outfits on hand for those days when putting together a topnotch outfit is the last thing on your to-do list. Style Pantry makes combining two basic pieces—a tank and a denim pencil skirt—seem effortlessly chic. Knot a belt through the loops for a finished look.
To the Beach
With so many ways to wear a denim skirt this summer, you can make one work for almost any occasion. So why not trade kaftans and coverups for a denim mini on your next trip to the beach? Pull it on over your bikini after you get a little sun-kissed, and add a white tee and sandals as Sara of Collage Vintage did.
With a Ladylike Blouse
A billowy, ladylike blouse looks effortless paired with a denim mini skirt. Tonya of The Mop Top nails the look in a button-front skirt. This outfit will work with gladiator sandals and into fall with knee-high boots.
The best part about this trend is that it's not a one-season wonder. There are myriad ways to wear a denim skirt into fall, too. Case in point—this layered look on Hedvig of The Northern Light. On cool summer nights, tuck a slouchy sweater into your denim skirt outfits. Come fall, it's an easy outfit to rewear with the simple addition of a coat!
Want more denim? See: Move Over, Jeans: 18 Ways To Refresh Your Wardrobe With Denim