Style Your Denim Skirt for Fall 2023

In an era where trends come and go at lighting speed, the Y2K revival has shown surprising staying power. From baguette bags to body chains, items we thought we’d never see again are once again popping up all over social media. Some items are arguably less wearable than most: the return of low-rise jeans especially was received with mixed reactions from those who wore them the first time around.

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One trend that has proved universally popular is the denim skirt. Having made an appearance on fashion runways including Burberry’s spring 2023 collection (maxi lengths, complete with Y2K handkerchief hems), as well as Zimmerman’s spring 2024 collection, the trend looks set to continue well into summer 2024. One of the key benefits of denim lies in its versatility: dark or light wash, embellished or ripped, it can be styled in a myriad of ways. Here’s how to style your denim skirt, according to your personal aesthetic:

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Despite its apparent tough looks, there is a softer side to denim. For a feminine look, opt for a flowy denim skirt with details like ruffles or even decorative floral embellishments. Our recommendation for this particular style comes from Dainty Jewells, whose range of pretty denim skirts (and other apparel) reflects this style perfectly.

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Glam is another word we wouldn’t normally associate with denim, but if you consider the tried-and-true “fancy top and jeans” formula, it works. Think sculptural, dramatic one-shoulder tops, corsets, sheer or leather fabrics in darker hues to give a fitted denim midi skirt an edgier look, or look for dramatic details in the skirt itself such as longer skirts with rips or slits.

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By now, eagle-eyed readers might have realized this roundup is loosely based on the Kibbe/Kitchener theories, another style revival which has taken off on social media in a big way. Gamine style is best described as sharp, geometric, and compact, so if this is your style, go for a denim mini skirt you can pair with a graphic tee shirt or a cropped sweater and colorful hosiery.

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For a more laid-back look, take your style cues from celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, who was often seen throughout the Y2K era wearing denim maxi skirts with simple tank tops. For winter, wear yours with a slouchy knitted sweater for a comfy, cozy feel. If you want to lean more into a boho vibe, try a patchwork or appliqued denim skirt instead.

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For a denim skirt look with a more timeless feel, opt for a mid-length denim skirt with a chambray shirt for a contemporary take on the classic “Canadian tuxedo.” Alternatively, as things get colder another great look is a denim midi-skirt with a classic turtleneck and simple jewelry (hoop earrings never go out of style).

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Don’t Forget Your Footwear

Shoes are a key aspect to consider with this trend. Besides wearing the style most appropriate for your look (sneakers or chunky loafers for gamine, for example), it’s also important to consider practicalities, especially rainy weather, which can make styles like maxi skirts a little tricky to wear. While with mini and midi skirts almost anything goes, a key recommendation for maxi lengths is to balance the look of the skirt (while keeping your hem elevated) by wearing a block or platform heel.



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