The Denim Skirt and Body Type

There was a time when the denim skirt was nothing but an adaptation of the traditional five pocket jeans. They looked just like a cut and un-sewn pair of jeans. As such, they retained the same elements as the blue jeans: waist band, belt loops, yoke, five pocket configuration, rivets and fly. Making a vintage denim skirt from an old pair of jeans is still a great way of recycling while at the same time adding a basic to your wardrobe.

Although this basic style is still widely available and is referred to as “jean skirt”, denim skirts now have a style of their own. They are made in as many finishes, fabrics, cuts, lengths, and embellishments as pants are. Prices are all over the board. Designers have truly stepped up to the plate with respect to offering us style and comfort in denim skirts.

Denim Skirt Types

A well cut skirt will allow you to feel well dressed without sacrificing the comfort offered by denim. The tailored cuts that are now available on the market are feminine and flattering. You can’t go wrong. Once broken in, a denim skirt will remain a part of your basic wardrobe a lot longer than other dresses. Denim skirts are truly a wardrobe essential.

Some of the Trendier Denim Skirt Cuts in the Market:

  • Denim Mini Skirt: These should prove to be one of the least expensive denim fashion items on the market, as they use very little material and are relatively easy to manufacturer. Denim mini skirts are also easy and safe to buy online, as you only need to take two measurements: waist size and length. The measurements of the hips and thighs play a minor roll in the correct fit of a denim mini skirt. The mini jean skirt is a classic.
  • Fit and Flare Denim Skirt: Also known as a Trumpet Shape, it is feminine and flirty with a close fit at the hip and flare at the hem.
  • Pencil Denim Skirt (Straight): Straight tube cut, fitted from the waist to the hips by the cut of the yoke
  • Wrap Around: This has been a favorite since the sixties and for good reason. Great for hiding slight variations in weight, many options of this classic are available.
  • A-Line: A skirt with a slight flare, resembling a letter “A”. Very flattering for most, but can also give you a flat and shapeless look that will make you look heavier.
  • Tiered Denim Skirt: This refers to skirts cut in horizontal panels. They can be of many different cuts.
  • Full Skirt: A skirt with ample fabric, gathered at the waistband
  • Pleated Skirt: An ample skirt, reduced towards the waist by means of pleats, which can be stitched flat to hip level (most flattering finish) or left free.
  • Slit Denim Skirt: Sexy, creates verticality, can refer to several types of skirts and to front or back slit. Facilitates movement in tighter skirts.
  • Long Denim Skirt: Could be made in any of the above cuts. As with the mini, a long jean skirt is also a classic.

Denim Skirts and Body Types: Some Things to Remember

  • Hourglass: Avoid oversized, saggy skirts. Draw attention to your waist by using belted skirts, and by all means show off your legs in your denim mini skirt. You don’t need to wear it too tight, your curves should draw attention without the extra help. The pencil skirt was made for you. Wear it with a tucked in shirt and a belt, remember Marilyn!
  • Straight: Low waisted skirts will elongate the look of your torso. Skirts with lace, ruffles, or girly things will be especially flattering, but avoid heavily pleated material at the waist, it should be gathered under the waist band. Pleats should be pressed or stitched down. If your legs are thin, short denim skirts should also work well. : Avoid a straight skirt, it will give you a “squarish” look. Look for skirts that taper slightly in. Try a fit and flared skirt, they are curvy, and sexy by design! Strategically placed fades will work well, much as they do with pants. An angled, or better yet, a curved yoke will also accentuate your rear end.
  • Pear: Be careful with the length, avoid anything above the knee. The rule to follow is to never have the hemline at the hight where your legs are heaviest in each area (near the knee, in the calf area, around the ankle). The cut should drape smoothly down your hips, preferably flaring out to an A-line. A straight cut will accentuate your hips. Avoid embellishments in the hip area as well a pleats. Vertical details will help break the expanse of fabric across wider hips to create a more slimming look. A wrap skirt will offer the same illusion of verticality
  • Inverted Triangle: Try a three quarter or full length wrap with some body. The “larger” proportion of the wrap will split your body composition, attracting attention away from your sholders. An A-lined skirt will also adequately balance your look. In general, look for skirts that flare, they will help balance your broad shoulders.
  • Round: Select an A-line or wider flare– creating a visual balance and drawing attention away from your waist. Avoid bulky or gathered skirts, look for a more tailored fit that will draw attention to your legs. Look for darker colors and vertical detailing, no tiered skirts.
  • Diamond: Look for a skirt with a gradual A-Line or a wider flare, as in the case of the Round body type. Also look for skirts with more vertical paneling, they create verticality and have a definite slimming effect.

And ladies, for those of you with a slight “belly problem”, check out Not Your Daughter’s Jean’s new options in denim skirts. Using their unique criss-cross front panels and extra stretch, NYDJ is now offering the same control and comfort in denim skirts as their Tummy Tuck Jeans have.

Maternity Denim Skirts

There’s not need to do without a trendy denim skirt even when you’re pregnant. Check out this small sampling of maternity denim skirts.


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