How To Dress Up A Denim Skirt


How to dress up a denim skirt | The Petite Bijou

How to dress up a denim skirt | The Petite Bijou

Outfit details: Denim skirt (exact skirt) (very similar skirt from Madewell here) // Off the shoulder striped top (got at the Banana Republic Factory Outlet so not avaliable. But similar here and here from ASOS) // Flats (sold out) // Purse (sold out but similar purses here) // Sunglasses (the best ever!)

I remember those days well…

The Hollister logo tops worn with that cute Abercrombie & Fitch denim skirt everyone had. Add classic UGG boots, a pink Motorola razor phone, and over straightened hair.

Yup, that was me, circa 2007.

Let’s just say I did not have any “style” sense whatsoever. I wish I had picked up some fashion magazines but you know what? I didn’t really care haha. I didn’t want to be stylish, I just wanted to be comfortable. And I guess to me, that was comfort.

But now I know I styled denim skirts completely wrong. There’s not really an art to wearing a denim skirt, but you can *obviously* mess it up really good. So today I wanted to share the denim style secrets I’ve learned since 2007 and how you can dress up a denim skirt (or any skirt for that matter) and make it elegant!

How to dress up a denim skirt | The Petite Bijou


Tuck in your blouse

The perfect Parisian way to style a denim skirt? Tuck in your blouse! Whether that’s a tee shirt (this is the perfect option), long sleeve, or a button down. Tucking in your blouse or top will help give your skirt definition and make it look very chic! Don’t do the 2007 look of tee shirts untucked if that’s all you’re wearing.


Let the skirt shine

Keep the focus on the skirt by wearing a neutral and uncomplicated top. My suggestion are to get good basic tees like this classic Madewell shirt or like this one from B.P. (comes in 3 different colors/patterns) These are super easy to wear and will bring the attention to your skirt!


Wear an off the shoulder top

I took inspiration from a pin on my Parisian Style board (go ahead and feel free to follow!) and paired an off the shoulder top with a denim skirt. Basically, best decision ever. Using the tuck in method, I wore this out for a concert and got so many compliments about how chic it looked! Plus, I was never over heated since it was pretty warm out. I went for a striped off the shoulder top because it added a bit more flair.


Go 70s, get a button down skirt

There’s something very classic about a button down denim skirt. I think button down anything has a more refined or business look to it. This 70s trend is not going anywhere for fall, so that’s a plus too. I think I will wear this again with some over the knee boots and my new trench coat! So street style, right?? This one is my favorite button down skirt from Loft but this one from Madewell is a pretty close match!


Pair with flats or heels

Skip the sneakers and grab a pari of flats or nude heels to style with a denim skirt. With flats, you’ll create not only a very chic look, but a comfortable one too. For heels, I suggest a nude heel – you can’t go wrong with nude and again, you want the emphasis to be on the skirt, not a “pop of color”. That’s just too busy.




How to dress up a denim skirt | The Petite Bijou

I found this button down denim skirt at a Loft outlet store in Grapevine Mills near Dallas, TX. It was 50% off in the petite’s section! I really hadn’t owned a denim skirt since my high school days. Let’s face it, I was super afraid I’d look like a teenager with a denim skirt. I already look way younger than I am and always get comments about it (being short doesn’t help).

So trying this on was a bit of a “I don’t know about this” kind of moment. But once I tried it on, I was really impressed! It fit very comfortable and sat right above my hips – which helps because I can tuck blouses in without a belt! For the first time in 10 years, I had found the perfect denim skirt!

Definitely wearing this skirt in the fall – I’m thinking white blouse, knee boots, and a checkered duster coat?

What do you think of the denim skirt trend coming back? Are you a yay or nay about it? Leave a comment below!

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