3 Modern Ways to Wear a Denim Skirt

Try out the trend– without looking like you just stepped out of a time machine from 1979.
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Try out the trend– without looking like you just stepped out of a time machine from 1979.
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As you've probably noticed, denim has once again been a big trend this season, with everything from wide-leg flare jeans to chambray shirtdresses. But the denim skirt (which, if you're me, you haven't owned since kindergarten) has also made a comeback on runways, in magazines, and on your favorite style blogs.

Yet, with the wrong styling, it's easy to make the denim skirt look frumpy or outdated... so how do you make it look modern and on-trend? You're about to find out.

Tips & Tricks for Rocking a Denim Skirt

Before I get to the outfit inspiration, here are a few tips on how to make your denim skirt look 2015 chic:

  • Take inspiration from the minimalist trend for a sleek, streamlined look.
  • Keep accessories simple, without too many frills or bright colors. 
  • Stick with a neutral color palette to let the denim stand out. 
  • Play with length  don't be afraid to layer long cardigans or jackets over a shorter skirt. 
  • Steer away from other '70s-inspired pieces (unless you're going for a retro look, in which case, disregard this article). 

And now, three modern ways to wear the trend

1. Keep It Clean and Simple

denim skirt and white tee

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This simple look is a mix of casual basics and fancier pieces, and the minimalist vibe keeps it feeling modern. Start with a crisp white tee and a light wash denim skirt, then dress up the look with black ankle strap heels. Accessorize with a dainty gold bracelet and a beige tote. Lastly, throw on a pair of trendy sunglasses. 

2. Style It with Sleek, Sporty Pieces

denim skirt, graphic tee, leopard shoes

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This casual look has a slightly sporty vibe that plays into the "athleisure" trend. Pair a denim mini skirt with a comfy graphic tee, then layer on a long hooded cardigan (a chic alternative to your average hoodie).

High-top leopard kicks and a sleek black backpack make this outfit practical for class or running errands. Lastly, go for a modern beauty look with a high topknot and bright red lip. 

3. Go Denim on Denim (with the Right Accessories)

Denim skirt and chambray shirt

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Okay, I know what you're thinking: isn't denim on denim a slightly outdated look? And the answer is, not with the right styling and accessories!

Start with a fitted denim pencil skirt and a half-tucked chambray shirt with a simple, collarless neckline (wear it with a few buttons undone for a sexier look). Dress up the outfit with an edgy statement necklace, and keep the other accessories simple with black heeled booties and a structured black tote.

Share your thoughts!

What do you think of the denim skirt trend? Do you like a more modern look or are you fan of retro, '70s-inspired styling? Let us know in the comments!