Tips For Rocking A Trendy Denim Midi Skirt For Spring 2023

Micro minis may have had their moment last year, but now midi denim skirts are dominating street style snaps and influencers' OOTDs. These bottoms were practically everywhere in the early 2000s, regularly worn to events by young pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Mandy Moore. Y2K jean skirts tended to be fairly fitted, low-rise, and cut at the knee, and they were typically worn with bodycon tops and heels for a sultry, girl-next-door look.

The denim midis trending now have grown up, offering longer hemlines, looser silhouettes, and more contrast in how they're styled. Designers like Diesel and Burberry helped spearhead this new-and-improved denim skirt style on their Spring/Summer 2023 runways. Thankfully, though, you don't have to be a high-fashion model to pull it off — denim midi skirts are easy to incorporate into your spring wardrobe, no matter your body type or personal aesthetic. Plus, they're perhaps the most realistic way to partake in the denim-aissance currently underway. If this is your first time slipping on a jean midi skirt since 2003, here's how to do it the 2023 way.

Mix up your materials

Denim is often treated as a neutral and pairs well with a variety of other colors, styles, and materials. So if you're into experimenting, the denim midi skirt can be the perfect backdrop. Mix up your fabrics on top, trying out different textures and weights for an eclectic effect. Above, influencer Amelle Grandin pairs blue denim with an edgy leather jacket, quilted bag, and delicate sheer top. A simple denim midi can also balance out a super fuzzy sweater, frilly blouse, and other dramatic tops that you might struggle to style otherwise.

Try the Canadian tuxedo

Look around or scroll through social media, and you're bound to find a fashionista somewhere rocking the double denim look. The classic Canadian tuxedo combines a denim top with matching jeans, but a denim midi skirt offers a new twist. Take a cue from creator Nnenna, seen here, by pairing a denim jacket or shirt with a long, denim skirt — perfect for those chilly spring days!

Bring your skirt on Spring Break

The trendy denim midi skirt was made for relaxed street style 'fits, but that doesn't mean you have to leave it behind during your beachy Spring Break vacay. Look for a skirt with a roomy fit (you know, so you can feel the sea breeze on your legs), and team it with an easygoing top and accessories. Monroe Steele shows us how it's done with a navel-baring top, sandals, and gold sunglasses that scream, "I'm in Miami!"

Define your shape

Midi skirts, especially in a stiff fabric like denim, aren't always the most flattering choice — they can make short legs look shorter, while hiding your beautiful curves. However, a couple of easy styling tricks can fix this in a pinch. First, choose a midi skirt that hits at the narrowest part of your waist to create an hourglass effect. Then, like fashion influencer Meagan Wells, define your figure with a fitted top smoothly tucked into your skirt, and cinch it all in with a belt.

Bye-bye, blue

Is a blue jean midi skirt a little too basic for you? Stand out with a different denim color. Neutral shades are just as versatile as blue — if not more so — and seamlessly accommodate colorful tops and shoes (as well as other neutrals, as Instagrammer Agnieszka Grobelna demonstrates here). A classic black version can even work in a business-casual outfit (HR might not even notice your pencil skirt is actually made of denim). With the recent return of the cargo skirt, military-green styles also feel fresh this spring.

Show off your legs

If you consider your legs one of your best assets, know that they don't have to hide behind your midi-length hemline. You can still show off your legs by opting for denim skirts that come with a thigh-high slit on the front or side. If you don't want to veer into va-va-voom territory, pair your skirt with casual streetwear staples like tall boots, simple tees, and leather jackets like Maria Castaneda and a friend did here.