Who among us could forget the double denim ensemble iconically launched by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards? Fast forward to today, and denim, especially in skirt form, is still enjoying a major moment, albeit much more chic than the one we witnessed almost 20 years ago. The trend is versatile too, offering plenty of ways to turn a simple denim basic into a full look.
Embroidery in all its forms made a striking appearance from last spring and its dominance lasted until summer. The popular embellishment gives the denim skirt a refreshing update, perfect with a tie-up tee and lace-up sandals for a light and carefree summer look.
Clockwise from left: Embroidered denim skirt, $ 36.50, J. Crew Factory; Twist-front T-shirt, $ 9.90, Forever 21; Leather lace-up gladiator sandal, $ 39, Urban Outfitters
Off-the-shoulder silhouettes continue to be trending this summer, with many such tops and dresses featuring a ’70s bell sleeve. A denim skirt paired with an off-the-shoulder blouse gives a fun and airy look. Complete it with a pop of color with a pair of luminous tassel earrings.
Clockwise from left: High-waisted A-line denim mini skirt, $ 27, Old Navy; Eyelet Sleeve Off Shoulder Blouse, $ 89, Bloomingdale’s; Dangling tassel earrings, $ 19.90, express
Denim buttoned on the front
Paying homage to the 1970s, many denim skirts now feature contrasting metallic buttons on the front. Typically longer than traditional minis, button-front denim skirts provide more coverage for those who seek it. The ’70s style treasure is the perfect fit with a striped top and cross body bag.
Clockwise from left: High-waisted button-down denim skirt, $ 54, Gap; Striped cotton jersey t-shirt, $ 68, Polo Ralph Lauren; Circle Straw Crossbody Bag, $ 59, Urban Outfitters
Denim over Denim
Once considered a fashion faux pas, denim over denim has since made its way into the “do” column, but in order to effectively master style, it’s important that your denim doesn’t match wash or weight. No one needs a repeat Justin-Britney look. Try a distressed denim skirt with a chambray top and a pair of patterned shoes to balance out all that denim.
Clockwise from left: Distressed denim mini skirt, $ 17.90, Forever 21; Relaxed chambray shirt, $ 22, Old Navy; Champion Daisy Garden Glitter Keds, $ 85, Keds
Denim with leather
Taking rock’n’roll notes, teaming a denim skirt is chic and edgy. This summer, avoid all-out sweating in the Texas heat with a faux leather option, which is better for your bank account anyway. Wear yours with a banded tee or, for a touch of softness, an embroidered tank top.
Clockwise from left: Free People Modern Women’s Denim Mini Skirt, $ 50, Nordstrom; Noisy May faux-leather jacket, $ 60, Asos; Scoop Neck Embroidered Tank Top, $ 24.95, American Eagle
Denim and Floral
From shorts and swimwear to tops and bags, floral designs have survived the spring and continue to make a splash this summer. A summery and bright floral blouse in yellow or orange goes perfectly with a basic denim skirt; tuck in the shirt for a more polished vibe and complete the look with floral earrings.
Clockwise from left: Denim pencil skirt, $ 29.99, Banana Republic; Petaluma Floral Tank Top, $ 98, Anthropologie; Kate Spade New York Floral Mosaic Earrings, $ 58, Saks Fifth Avenue
Texas style denim
Texans have an excuse to buy even more denim, and it’s easy to add a Lone Star State touch to the trend. Just grab a pair of cowboy boots, a ruffle or lace top, and your favorite rodeo belt and go for a two-stop night.
Clockwise from left: Denim skirt, $ 24.99, H&M; San Juan Mad Dog Western Boots, $ 159.99, Boot Barn; Karen Kane Embroidered Off Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top, $ 159, Dillard’s