The long denim skirt, a staple in the wardrobe of Orthodox Jewish girls and women, is apparently having a fashion moment. If Vogue says the look is trendy, then it has to be.
According to the fashion bible’s denim editor (yes, he has an editor just for the fabric they make jeans with) Kelly Connor, you can’t go wrong wearing what for a lot. frum females is practically a daily uniform.
“There is something about maxi jeans that is a lot more intentional than putting on your favorite jeans,” says Connor. “But like with jeans, it still seems relevant – no matter which hemlines are the new big ‘thing’ on the runways, maxi jeans will always be your friend. “
Of course, you can pick up a regular denim long skirt at any local boutique aimed at women who want to dress with them. tsnius, or modesty. (If you live in a strongly Orthodox community, there is probably more than one near you.)
But if you’re looking for something that takes the look to a whole new level, both in terms of dress style and price range, you might want to consider a designer version. Junya Watanabe is offering a patchwork denim midi skirt for $ 1,315. Or maybe you prefer Saint Laurent’s A-Line Denim Patchwork Maxi Skirt for just $ 1,090.
So if long denim skirts are so popular right now, why isn’t the hottest Hasidic hipster fashion line offering them?
“Denim skirts are not in our range because we feel Jewish women already know where to get their denim skirts. There are already so many options and we were focusing on something new, ”says Mimi Hecht, co-founder of MIMU MAXI.
“That said, we’re getting more and more requests from customers who wear our leggings skirts asking us to make them in denim… I guess we’ll have to take that into account if there’s such a demand,” she says.
Mushky Notik, Hecht’s business and creative partner, is amused by how mainstream fashion has given way to something that has been a staple of Orthodox women’s wardrobes for so long.
“They all talk about it like it’s totally new. It’s almost comical for us Jewish women. But honestly, there is no comparison. The mainstream fashion world sees the denim skirt as a new ‘cool and ugly’ style; it’s a lot not trendy, which of course is what makes it so trendy, ”she says.
‘…it’s a lot not trendy, which of course is what makes it so trendy ‘
“In the Jewish world, it has always been one of the best ways to be modest, to be up to it all, and to be comfortable. ”
Hecht and Notik, whose clothes are admired by women of all faiths who like to dress conservatively, don’t think women should necessarily start spending a lot of money on high-fashion denim skirts. They recommend women look for classic models at vintage and Goodwill stores if they’re willing to venture beyond the local Jewish boutique.
Regardless of where their long denim skirt comes from, women who wear it will be on trend… at least this fall.
“Seeing the denim skirt translated into mainstream fashion is eerily reassuring and inspiring,” says Hecht.