GOACA classics: the denim skirt

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If you’re like me, you’ve had some version of a denim skirt in your closet for decades. It’s just one of those easy and simply timeless pieces that worms its way into your heart and stays there. I like them best in a pencil or A-line shape, and worn with a tee or button-down. This one from Nili Lotan is splurgy but perfect.

The front slit and pockets on this one are standout.

This sits low on the hips, which I dig.

Such a chic, polished option in un-distressed dark denim.

A flared maxi skirt that would not typically be my thing but somehow is.

This one’s got a slightly higher hem than the one above, and I like the contrasting denim washes.

A white denim skirt is so fresh for spring.

Here’s a nice under $100 option.

This rigid denim skirt has a slightly retroish feel.

And finally, a button-front skirt in the best, cutest shape.

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    cw
    25 Apr 2022
    9:31am

    I’ve been seeing tons of under-thirty women wearing denim mini-skirts here in Austin. It feels a little 1968 for me only they wear them with bra tops (damn you Katie Holmes and your cashmere bra top) rather than the India print hippie tops of my age. That Nili Lotan skirt looks like the grown up version of the 1968 mini I wore (and yes, mine was made from a pair of jeans and had little flowers embroidered on the back pockets thanks to a talented friend).

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    a haunted pencil
    25 Apr 2022
    11:25am

    I always want to wear denim skirts, but every time I buy a cute one, it kinda rides up as I walk, so that I have to constantly tug it down or have a denim-encased ribcage. Am I a bit of a strutter as I walk? Sure. But I don’t think I have weirdly excessive movement going on, and tbh, I’m always mystified that I seem to be alone in this dilemma. Has anyone else had this problem? And if so, have you ever found a magical skirt that doesn’t do this? Maybe something that is a denim blend?

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      Ellie
      27 Apr 2022
      8:47pm

      Absolutely not alone, haunted! I have a similar problem with denim skirts and I’m convinced it is the fly that does it. Only one that ever avoided it was a lovely a-line number *that zipped up the back*–it was absolutely magical, and I have spent the last 15 years trying to find a replacement. If anyone has suggestions…!

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      M
      25 Apr 2022
      11:55am

      I have this problem with every skirt ever. If it fits nicely at the waist when standing, it rides up when walking. If I try one with a tighter waist to avoid this, it cuts into my stomach when I sit. I have given up on skirts.

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      Marie
      25 Apr 2022
      10:47pm

      I agree –
      I had two similar skirts to those above over the years. They were great on the hanger. Right wash etc . Just what I “wanted”- even seeing them here brought back a clear memory of twisting one around ( and I was thinner and tan ! ) So if it doesn’t work then ……
      But the twisting, riding up, yanking and general unease they brought made them sit in my closet far too long . And the tops were tricky . Is it because I am short -waisted?
      My late 50s and I finally accept – not for me !

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      Lara
      25 Apr 2022
      1:45pm

      My hips are wider than my waist. What you described happens to me with straight shaped denim skirts, even ones where I had the waist altered to fit. It is even worse if I’m carrying a hip-length bag on my shoulder. A-line shaped versions don’t do this on me.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    25 Apr 2022
    11:06am

    Longer ones just scream “sister wife” to me and shorter ones, well, there’s that twisty torso, climb-up-to-my-ribcage thing. It’s good to know your own boundaries.

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      Anonymous
      26 Apr 2022
      12:10pm

      Speaking of which, I wore a “sister wife” skirt when visting an area known for such attire a couple of years ago. The ladies eyed me up in a friendly way, because I styled it with a punk esthetic. Maybe I inspired them?

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      a haunted pencil
      25 Apr 2022
      11:27am

      ha, I was just posting the same frustration about caged-ribcages. drives me bonkers!

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    Cola
    25 Apr 2022
    1:50pm

    A few years ago when you did your yearly post on denim skirts and featured the iconic photo of Lauren Hutton in a denim skirt worn with a white button down shirt, I commented that I was “this close” to making my own denim skirt from an old pair of Levi’s. I’m pleased to report that I have done just that and that the results are pretty great! It’s a ringer for the Nili Lotan skirt, except with a raw hem. I even unraveled the original orange stitching and reused it to get the top stitching just right. So yes, I *am* feeling pretty proud of myself. I’m counting down the days until it’s warm enough to wear with a t-shirt and sandals.

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      Jenny
      25 Apr 2022
      2:25pm

      That’s delightful, Cola! You should be feeling proud of yourself. For folks looking for a non-wandering skirt, I like this midi A-line version https://louponline.com/products/light-indigo-carrie-skirt?_pos=1&_sid=4398630d7&_ss=r
      In a denim skirt post from 2019, Kim posted a version from M.I.H. jeans, the Ria wrap skirt. I bought one and loved it, but had to consign it when I outgrew it. Maybe it’s available somewhere online? I think that denim skirts modeled on jeans are more likely to move. Wraps and A-lines tend to be friendlier, at least on me.

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    joannawnyc
    25 Apr 2022
    1:52pm

    I have two denim skirts that I’ve owned forever–a flippy paneled one with a mid-blue wash and a pencil skirt in dark-wash, destroyed denim. I’d love a denim maxi skirt, but have yet to find one I actually like.

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    kimbersam
    25 Apr 2022
    2:28pm

    I’m constantly challenged when the split is down the middle in any skirt, not just denim. I feel as though I am declaring, ” Hello World, meet my crotch!” I guess Kim France Pance exist for a reason 😉

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    D.Morgendorffer
    25 Apr 2022
    3:20pm

    Just realized that I need to clean my reading glasses when I read the title as GOACA Classics The Demon Skirt. I like demon skirts, all varieties, even the especially evil ones possessed of the will to move upwards on my person.

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      Y.k
      25 Apr 2022
      10:12pm

      Snort laughed when i saw this!

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