Denim Daze

In a Forever 21 skirt
In a Forever 21 skirt

We all remember the days when denim miniskirts ruled our middle school world. We envied the girls with the expensive Abercrombie & Fitch versions. We held our arms down by our sides to make sure our skirts reached the tips of our fingers so we could wear them to school. We fiddled with our Uggs as we decided whether the skirt/boot combo looked better with fur showing or the boots worn tall. In high school, we topped the skirts off with our cheerleading sweatshirts.

Once high school ended, though, so did the denim mini trend. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief as we realized how silly we had looked in our unofficial teen girl uniforms. We were happy to give those skirts away (or burn them) never to be seen again. I did break mine out for a themed sorority mixer in college, but mocking the old trend seemed like the only way they would ever break out of those vacuum-sealed containers in our closets.

Well, consider us wrong.

If you haven’t noticed by now, the denim skirt is back in full force. In fact, I bought one recently. If you had told me two years ago that I would willingly spend money on a denim skirt, I would’ve laughed. Or just assumed it was for another theme party.

The latest reincarnation of the denim skirt isn’t the tight, short, frayed, low riding, overall frightening image of our past. Thank goodness for that. The 2015 take is a blast from our mothers’ pasts rather than from our awkward seventh grade ones. These skirts are mid-thigh and have a bit of flare at the bottom. They feature metal buttons up the center. They often have front pockets. Their seams are finished – no strings and rips this time.

A more in-depth search will yield longer hemlines, lighter washes and plenty of other variations on the latest fad, so you don’t have to worry about looking like a clone this time around. Plus, there are so many affordable – and still adorable – options out there that you won’t have to break the bank at Abercrombie and Fitch. Uh, I mean, Nordstrom?

Take a look at my picks for cute and cheap denim skirts below. But this time, trade the Uggs for some booties!

H&M Denim Skirt, $34.99

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Forever 21 Buttoned Denim A-Line Skirt, $17.90

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Forever 21 Knee Length A-Line Skirt, $19.90

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Nasty Gal Denim Maxi Skirt, $40.60


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