Denim Skirts: Crime or Classic?

Last week we addressed the thorny issue of double denim, and whether or not its wearing constitutes a crime of fashion. (Verdict: the jury was divided in the comments section, but our Facebook officers delivered a resounding “GUILTY” verdict.) This week, we turn our attention to another denim-related matter: denim skirts:

models in denim skirts

Denim skirts: Zara

Denim skirts are making a comeback this season, and we’d imagine those words will get one of two possible reactions from most of you: either…

a) How can denim skirts be making a “comeback”? They’ve never gone anywhere!


b) How can denim skirts be “back” in fashion, when they were never actually IN fashion to start with?

Yes, officers, this is one of those items that can divide opinions. For some, the denim skirt is a classic: there are so many different styles and washes available that it can be casual or smart as required, and seriously, when you have that much variety in a style of skirt, they can’t ALL be crimes of fashion, surely?

Then there are those who veer strongly in the opposite direction. They associate denim skirts with the teenage years (Maybe even their OWN teenage years, which they don’t want to re-visit: at least, not in a sartorial sense…), Western wear, and maybe Britney Spears, back at the start of her downward spiral.

Which group is right?

Actually, they both are, because, as with everything else, it all comes down to a matter of personal taste. As for us: we’ll admit to having owned denim skirts in the past, and we’ll also admit to having no desire whatsoever to own one in the future. However, just to be difficult, we’ll just add that we have no real objections to the dark denim pencil skirt in the image above, so there’s always the chance that our minds could be changed on this one.

Want to be the one to change it? Go on: tell us what you love or loathe about denim skirts, and most importantly, help us answer the question:

Are denim skirts a crime of fashion?

If you’re still struggling to make up your minds, here are just a few of the different styles currently available:



Acid wash denim is making a comeback
Style Challenge: What to wear with a denim skirt
Tiered denim mini skirt by RED Valentino



  • May 16, 2013


    I admit I have several but have given up to wear them for smart occasions. They are too stiff and boxy. I wear mine in summer in the garden and for hiking, instead of shorts, in a completely casual way. I do not try to wear them with any kind of “good” clothes.

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  • May 16, 2013


    I own two denim skirts, which I don’t wear very often, but on enough occasions to justify keeping them.
    I think I have always owned at least one as long as I can remember, and I’ve never felt awkward about it. So, to answer the question: No, to me denim skirts are not a crime of fashion, but a wardrobe staple.

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  • May 16, 2013


    My 85 year old grandmother has five identical denim skirts in her closet, paired with 5 identical white blouses on those extended hanger-thingees, so they are all right there when she needs her “uniform”. So, no denim skirts for me, thanks.

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  • May 16, 2013


    Only mini skirts. Longer than that just looks bad.

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  • May 17, 2013


    I wear my denim skirts all the time. They are a very common sight here in Texas. However, I do believe they are not to be worn to anything formal. They’re great for those hot Texas summers when you don’t want to wear shorts, but want to stay cool (as much as you can anyway).

    Mine are dark wash and styled like a pencil skirt, so they’re much nicer looking than the usual miniskirt and I wear them practically everywhere except more formal events.

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  • May 17, 2013


    NO DENIM skirts for me of any length or style…

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  • May 17, 2013


    Fitted pencil, over the knee, dark wash, non bedazzled or torn denim skirts are a wardrobe staple for me – versatility and practically of denim but more put together than trousers/pants

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  • May 17, 2013


    Classic. Denim skirt, white tee, sandals, hair up, shades on head and I’m good to go. Fail-safe, no-brainer, late-spring dressing at its best.
    Denim dresses, jackets and shirts on the other hand….

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  • May 17, 2013


    I just wear basic denim skirts when I’m not feeling like wearing pants. I just use the same criteria that I use for jeans-shopping when I’m looking for denim skirts, ie:
    is it acid wash? don’t buy it.
    is it pre-torn? don’t buy it.
    is it ill-fitting? don’t buy it.
    I feel like those, and a couple of others, are enough to make sure that they don’t look terrible.

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  • May 17, 2013


    I like denim skirts as long as they’re miniskirts, just because any other length looks frumpy on me.

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  • May 18, 2013


    Just to disagree with everyone, I quite like the 90s style grungy shape one with leggings under and boys hi-top trainers. I also have a couple of denim shirt dresses that I love.

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  • May 23, 2013


    Oh god never

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  • November 27, 2013


    I’m searching for the perfect pencil, dark wash, denim pencil skirt. I like them, especially spring and summer.

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