Denim skirts get a bad rap sometimes, especially among those of us who grew up in the conservative homeschooling world. Many of us didn’t have the greatest fashion sense or personal style (let’s be honest, though, most 14-year-olds don’t!) and we associate denim skirts with oversized t-shirts and chunky athletic shoes. But the right denim skirt can be versatile, cute, and fashionable. And lately? Denim is slipping back into style.
If you want to give yourself a fresh outlook on denim skirts, start with finding the “right” denim skirt. One that is versatile and chic and not the shapeless kind of our past. I’m a thrifter at heart, and that’s still a good option. But my current favorite denim skirt is a Skirted Blues original by Ruth Visser. It’s a custom jeans-to-skirt conversion, and I absolutely love it. Sometimes skirts can hang strangely, but since this one started its life as a pair of jeans, it fits really well. It’s comfortable, cute, and made to my measurements! Ruth did an excellent job making it to my specifications, and I highly recommend her work.
Once you have found a skirt that makes you happy, it’s time to start styling it!
When it comes to pulling together cute outfits, I’m still learning. One thing that has helped me look more put together is balancing one type of element with another. In this example, the soft peach scarf offsets the crisp navy and gray stripes of the top. It felt a bit French to me, so I played up that idea with the flats, but boots would also work for this outfit, preferably a sleek black pair.
In the second outfit, I love how the drab military jacket contrasts with the ivory lace top. Not only do the colors work well, but the structured jacket keeps the outfit from becoming too frilly. You could enhance the hard/soft effect by wearing combat boots against the eyelet trim of the skirt, but I don’t own any. You could also play it down slightly by pairing it with a different style of ankle boots. I’m well aware that this particular pair is a little more “prairie style” than is currently popular… there is a long and funny story behind them!
The third outfit features my favorite fall footwear: tall boots! The floral blouse is the soft note in the composition, balanced by the structured blazer. Another option would be to wear a cardigan, perhaps maroon or sage, and wear the belt over the cardigan rather than with the skirt.
So there you have it: three chic and cute ways to style a denim skirt that leave the frump far behind. And if you would like a skirt like mine, go and check out Ruth’s blog and Etsy shop. Her work is lovely!
Do you have a favorite way to wear skirts? Tell us in the comments!