How about we look at some denim skirts?

This picture of Lauren Hutton is one of my favorite inspirational fashion photos of all time: how perfect—and perfectly relaxed—does she look in the simplest of outfits? I’d wear the following skirts just the way she is here: with a button-down, or maybe a tee or tank on really hot days.

This button-front A-line number is slightly `70s in a way that appeals.

I usually don’t like this silhouette—the flouncy bit at the hem—but something about the stiffness of denim makes it hang not so flouncily, and I like it.

I deplore the way this is styled—high tops flatter no one when paired with a skirt—but the asymmetrical zipper here is kind of fun and new wave.

Another bit of asymmetry—this one at the hem—on a very winning skirt.

A sweet pencil skirt with a generous—but not perilous—slit up the back. It’s also pretty well-priced.

This J. Crew skirt has a released hem (yes, I still like released hems) and a slightly shorter length, for those who are perfectly pleased with their legs.

A crisp and office-worthy option from Veronica Beard.

The subtle pin-striping here is a nice touch.

The denim here is delightfully dark, and blessedly free of distressing or whiskering.

Everything in this post is $100 or less

Friday’s post was on the pricey side, so I thought I might balance things out today with some astonishingly good buys, like these spiffy windowpane-check trousers from Uniqlo.

I think I’m going to have to spring for this v-neck tee, because it’s got a nice, deep neckline and also looks (and I know this is a phrase I over-use) quite excellently slouchy.

An A-line leopard print skirt that will take you straight into fall.

A classic tote with no extraneous hardware, just how I like them.

 

 

From Universal Standard: slightly distressed black jeans with a clean and flattering cut.

This silk shirt is such a lovely shade of pale pink.

A zebra-stripe wrap skirt that would look fantastic with a white tee, just as shown.

This streamlined tunic comes in a multitude of hues, but I like this deep plum best.

I’d layer on the necklaces with this incredibly easy T-shirt dress.

A button-front corduroy skirt that feels very Seventeen magazine back-to-school issue, circa 1981.

I really dig red and yellow together, which is why this floral dress appeals.

And the poppy-bright floral on this skirt is pretty good too, and would be nice in the fall too with a big sweater and tall boots.

I’d dress this satin shirt down with jeans, or all the way up with a slim black pencil skirt.

A shirt jacket (Topshop calls them “shackets”) that will be perfect for the cooler nights soon to come.

This subtly striped skirt would be perfect for when you’re in the mood to go matchy-clashy.

A crisp Universal Standard popover that has just a hint of stretch. If I worked in an office and they manufactured in my size, I would totally own this shirt.

This pretty twist front top is that rarest of things: a brown garment that I actually really like. It’s only left in a few sizes, but it’s so pretty I included it anyway.

Another rarity: a denim skirt that does not stop at mid-thigh. And I like the bold zipper up front.

Everything I didn’t buy this week

It was a big week for not shopping around here, but not for lack of temptation. To wit: I have been jonesing hard for this Zero+Maria Cornejo skirt, which has such a cool print and is rather magically flattering as well.

And this splurgetastic Rick Owens hoodie is pretty enchanting too.

Just a really good short-sleeved button down; the contrasting stripes on the sleeve are a nice touch.

The zebra print on this Isabel Marant bomber is so chic, but is also subtle enough that you could be wearing another print with it and not look nuts. I really, really want this.

And here is another skirt I feel would be really flattering. It’s flouncier than I usually go for, but not in an overwhelming way.

A cute peasant top with a touch of subtle metallic threading, which is always fun.

Yes, these striped jeans are a little crazy, but they’d look amazing with an oversize white tee or, later on, a big black sweater. I’d very much like to possess the nerve to wear them.

The pinstripes on this graceful asymmetrical top are pleasantly unexpected.

I love an irregular dot print, and you don’t find good ones all that often, which is why I am so enchanted by this Anine Bing blouse.

And finally, the floral quilting on this wee rolling suitcase is really appealing.

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