It's been said that if you've lived through a trend the first time around, it's almost impossible to embrace it again when it inevitably resurfaces 20 years later. Think about it: Hasn't it taken you a beat to get on board with crop tops, floral babydoll dresses, and the new (and alarming) array of Birkenstock knockoffs? If you answered yes, then the topic at hand — denim skirts — probably gives you a case of the flashback whiplash, too.
But, thankfully, this is a not a '90s-or-bust situation. To prove it, we've whipped up a handy little styling guide that will help you reconcile spring's crop of denim skirts with your own thoroughly-2014 sense of style. Whether your sartorial M.O. is edgy, preppy, or totally polished, there's a look in here for you. Here's to second chances!
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In a light rinse and a fluid, forgiving cut, a knee-length denim skirt looks perfectly on-point for spring with soft neutral layers. A shirttail hem keeps the skirt from looking too throwback-ish, while a pair of unexpected off-white boots are a divine finishing touch.
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Nothing says sweet-yet-sexy like denim — especially when it comes in the form of an ultra-flattering circle skirt. Choose an option that sits right at or slightly above your natural waist for the most leg-lengthening power, and top it off with a pretty, feminine cami.
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Didn't we tell you a jean skirt was insanely versatile? Here, the eye-catching combo of a printed denim skirt and an embellished sweatshirt gets a grown-up boost from a crisp white button-up. The result: a cool-girl ensemble that will never feel boring.
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Naturally, we couldn't discuss denim skirts without touching on their inherent badass-ness. Opt for a shredded pencil skirt — not a mini, as the goal here is subtle sex appeal. Pair with a graphic tee and your most amazing heels for a high-low mix with staying power.
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We admit it: We love denim on denim. But, before you make a Canadian tuxedo joke, take a look at this super-fresh pairing of a cropped tank and full midi-skirt. The coordinated set manages to look modern and totally of-the-moment, thanks to individual silhouettes that are thoroughly 2014.
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The newest way to do preppy? Take a restrained, minimalist approach, with a muted color palette and effortless basics. A classic oversized knit, gray loafers, and a curve-hugging pencil skirt could be the easiest weekend-warrior uniform yet.
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Denim is a long-standing go-to anytime we want to be comfy. But, with a little styling magic, it can easily transition to a more work-friendly status. Pair a dark denim pencil skirt with a lighter chambray button-up; top it off with tough-chic jacket and a soft scarf. And, voilà: a polished getup that feels like your favorite lounging-around duds but looks like a million bucks.
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A denim-skirt tutorial wouldn't be complete without touching on the ultimate weekend look: skirt + tee + sneakers. Here, the classic combo gets a chic update with a distressed denim skirt and a slip-on sneaker that feels a bit more luxe than your trusty Converse.