Truth be told, we don't talk about maxi skirts very much. They're really not a trend, but they're not not a trend. They're one of those fashion items that's around year after year but that you don't often think about. And most often they're floral print, which brings us to our latest maxi skirt observation, which has nothing to do with floral prints but everything to do with the 1980s. The '80s have returned this year, which explains why we're seeing this forgotten trend everywhere: Laura Ashley–esque denim maxi skirts.
The summer of 2016 was all about the return of the denim miniskirts you knew and loved in high school and college. While those are absolutely still a thing, this year, a slew of brands are endorsing ankle-length maxi skirts, and fashion insiders are starting to show their approval of the trend. Before you write this forgotten trend off as something that's not for you, hear us out—Zara, Stella McCartney, and J Brand are all on board and even Kendall Jenner's denim skirt hemlines are getting lower. Have we peaked your interest yet?
See street style proof of the denim maxi skirt trend, and shop our favorite takes on the trend (at a variety of price points).
Thanks to the ruffles, this skirt is a double-trend whammy.
Denim maxi skirts with high front slits are especially prevalent on the market right now.
This slim denim skirt is chic enough for the office.
Try a boho-chic look.
Wear it just as you would jeans—with a tucked-in sweater or tee, belt, and cool heels.
This feels authentically vintage.
Try the trend for a mere $50.
Want a polished look? Go with this iteration.
We're taking bets on which celeb will wear this skirt.
The '90s called… (you know the rest.)
Who knew a denim maxi skirt could be so flattering?
We love the way this looks with white sneakers.
Get this street style–approved Alexander Wang skirt before it sells out.
Swap your denim shorts out for this come summer.
Saint Laurent marked down by this much is a rare occurrence.
Patchwork details set this one apart.
Of course, Stella McCartney's take on the trend would be this chic.
A touch of stretch ensures that this one is ultra-comfortable.
How is this unique, on-sale skirt still in stock?