How about we look at some denim skirts?

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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.

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12 Thoughts on How about we look at some denim skirts?
    Kathi
    16 Aug 2018
    5:09pm

    Flouncily!!! Another awesome Kim-ism.

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    Caroline
    16 Aug 2018
    5:18pm

    I adore them although I find them hard to style.
    I just recently bought a great vintage high waisted a line demin skirt. I thinks its late 70’s or early 80’s .. anyway a size 4 back then is a hell of a lot smaller then now,,so i spent a ridiculous Sunday afternoon wearing it wet around the house because its pretty perfect and i needed it to fit dammit..
    It totally almost worked btw!!!
    Also I really want that mother one.

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      HickfromStyx
      18 Aug 2018
      11:06am

      I was a 1970s/1980s size four. Yes, it was tiny!
      I can’t shop vintage now…not tiny these days.

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    Kathi
    16 Aug 2018
    5:56pm

    “Flouncily” !!!!! Another awesome Kim-ism. 😍😍
    And you should all check out the article on Vox (I found via Racked) regarding how Aretha Franklin ripped Liz Smith for body shaming her back in the 90s. Powerful woman who will be sorely missed.

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    Maggie
    16 Aug 2018
    8:54pm

    I’ve lived in my knee-length denim skirt from Goodwill paired with cut off band tees and tan Corkease wedge sandals all summer. I hate dresses and shorts, so a denim skirt is the best option for when it’s too hot to wear actual jeans.

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    Gablesgirl
    17 Aug 2018
    8:17pm

    Denim zip front always puckers on me and rise up. I do love that Veronica Beard.

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    c.w.
    16 Aug 2018
    11:23am

    I agree, Lauren Hutton looks perfect in that photo. I do not own a denim skirt. I wore them to death in the late sixties/early seventies and as practical and classically stylish as they are––and the ones you show here are all absolutely perfect for a GOACA––I’m not certain I can wear one. Can one have PTSD regarding fashion after having worn something into the ground? If so, I do when it comes to denim skirts. Having said all that at this hour of the morning I can also say I am weirdly drawn to the flounce-hemed-black number. Which is, of course, everything the Lauren Hutton skirt is not––comfortable, broken-in and classic. Am I rambling? Do I need more coffee?

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    dkl
    16 Aug 2018
    1:23pm

    Denim skirts are high on my list of Won’t Wear That, up there with tube tops and Daisy Dukes. They invariably ride up on me, even if I can find one that’s not too short to begin with, and the a-line ones read Lame Teacher Trying To Be Cool. They also suffer from being a favorite item of a former coworker that I didn’t like. With that said, I love the asymmetrical zip skirt in another fabric (leather, perhaps, or a red ponte).

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      Jenny
      16 Aug 2018
      11:23pm

      I love them but they ride up on me too!

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    Hanna
    16 Aug 2018
    2:20pm

    Love every piece of this selection!

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    Susin
    16 Aug 2018
    2:46pm

    I have a denim pencil skirt that’s at least 15 years old. Although worn infrequently, it proves that I should never throw any clothes away unless threadbare or ill-fitting. Eventually items will be stylish again.

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    Eloise
    16 Aug 2018
    3:45pm

    I’m not a denim skirt fan (they feel very “Laurie Partridge” to me) but I love the Elizabeth and James one. Unfortunately, my wallet doesn’t.

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