Denim Skirts

Whether it's buttoned-up the front or features a subtle slit, comes straight to the knee or hits mid-thigh, right now a slightly '70s skirt is one of this season's must-have essentials--and it's easy to see why! Adored by a number of fashion's finest, including Kirsten Dunst and Lauren Santo Domingo, these denim skirts boast a clean and simple look, flattering silhouette, and versatile mid-blue hue. There are so many ways to incorporate this piece into your daily rotation, and fortunately for you, dear readers, we're spotlighting some of the best in today's installment of How They Wear.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the things we love about this current denim skirt trend is its versatility. It's the perfect component for a wide range of outfits, especially a laidback weekend ensemble as Kirsten Dunst recently demonstrated. The actress looked quite stylish out in Los Angeles earlier this year wearing Stella McCartney's covetable button-front skirt from the S/S 11 collection, which is sadly no longer available, paired with a black top, Vanessa Bruno's Crepe Blazer ($310), and white sandals. While the chic jacket brings a dressier element to the look, Dunst's easygoing skirt and flat footwear keep the ensemble feeling relaxed, which is ideal when you're on the go. If you're searching for an even more casual way to wear your denim skirt, we suggest looking to model Jac for some on-point guidance. The Polish stunner stepped out in Soho last month, and we couldn't help but notice her seriously cute off-duty outfit, which consisted of Club Monaco's Halli Denim Skirt ($120, 310.657.1818), loose tan tank top, wide-brim hat, and tan sandals. We absolutely adore this easy-breezy mix, especially the way the skirt's high-waisted silhouette gives the look some shape, as well as a polished finish.

While there's no doubt jean skirts are an excellent clothing item for casual outings, we also believe they're perfectly suited for Fridays in the office too! As both Claudia Schiffer and Lauren Santo Domingo showed us recently, the styling trick is simple: start with a denim midi, and then add a button-down shirt (make sure to wear it tucked in) and a pair of heels to give your ensemble a sophisticated finish. Santo Domingo--the co-founder/Creative Director of Moda Operandi and Vogue contributing editor--first presented us with this smart outfit idea late last year at NYFW when she wore a vintage Ralph Lauren button-down shirt and a denim skirt she custom made ten years ago from an old pair of Levi's jeans, with a Proenza Schouler belt and sandals. The combination of her anything-but-basic wardrobe staples makes for one effortlessly chic outfit. We also appreciate the way Schiffer wore her jean skirt while out and about in London last month. The stunning model caught our attention when she paired a Stella McCartney button-front denim skirt from the S/S 11 collection with a pastel pink Chloe blouse, simple nude heels, and Salvatore Ferragamo's Beige Suede Saddlebag ($1990, 800.628.8916) for an outfit that is the epitome of '70s style. We'd also like to note that both ladies opted for a knee-length hemline, which is a more refined and ladylike alternative to the shorter versions mentioned above.

In addition to being the perfect pick for summer afternoons and workdays, we're pleased to report the denim skirt can easily be transitioned into the fall season as well! Case in point: the enviable ensemble one model put together between shows at NYFW earlier this year. The brunette beauty styled her Stella McCartney denim skirt with plenty of layers, including a furry coat, taupe sweater, and orange button-down shirt, and finished with a pair of sheer tights and ankle boots. We especially love how the luxe layers elevate the casual skirt, resulting in a cool, downtown-chic look!

If you're ready to embrace this of-the-moment denim skirt trend, you'll be pleased to know we've sourced a pretty amazing selection of options to help you create similarly standout ensembles! While the lust-worthy Stella McCartney button-front skirts we mentioned earlier are no longer available, you might want to check out CJ by Cookie Johnson's Unity Skirt ($99) and Current/Elliott's The Dorothy Skirt ($230), as are both spot-on alternatives that will surely get a ton of wear this season. Fans of the mid-thigh hemline will definitely appreciate Forever 21's Life in Progress Snap Tab Denim Skirt ($23), MiH's Delaney Denim Skirt ($187) and Decade A-Line Denim Skirt ($215). Either pick would look smart worn with a casual top, like River Island's Pocket Detail Racer Back Tank ($14), and a pair of flat sandals, like Joie's Leo Cutout Sandals ($255), for an summer afternoon outing.

Want to create a work-appropriate outfit instead? We have some excellent options for you as well! We recommend checking out the Emma Skirt ($74) by Not Your Daughter's Jeans, which has a slimming pencil silhouette, or suggest going for a dark-wash version, like theStar Deep Dark Blue Jean Pencil Skirt ($200) by Closed. To achieve Santo Domingo's office-ready styling, pair your denim skirt with either Banana Republic's Striped Button Black Shirt ($70) or American Apparel'sUnisex Long Sleeve Button-Up Shirt ($58) and Jelie Tahari's Portia Cuffed Patent Sandals ($298). If you prefer Schiffer's '70s-inspired ensemble, simply pick up Silence & Noise's Silk Blouse ($59), Anthropologie's Solaris Scarf ($58), and Aldo's Truhe Wedges ($100), and you'll be channeling Ali McGraw in no time!--Jessica Baker