Latinas Are Embracing the Long Denim Skirt Comeback, And We’re Here for It
Versatile, timeless, and comfortable, denim is a no-brainer style staple. From pants to jackets and accessories, this textile has taken several forms in our wardrobes since it first appeared in the 17th century. In 2023, the revival of all things Y2K — remember Britney’s iconic outfit at the 2001 American Music Awards? — has brought denim looks back to the forefront of style. But the real winners seem to be long denim skirts.
Feeling retro? Read on to discover how these denim skirts became the ultimate must-haves in 2023 and how Latinas are embracing their return.
From mini to midi and everything in between
First popularized in the 1970s as a way of repurposing textiles, denim skirts have evolved through the years. In the ’70s, as the hippie movement thrived, short denim skirts catered to the flower power aesthetics. The skirt then evolved to knee and midi length with front snaps. In the following decades, pencil, mini skirts, and other forms were all the rage. The long denim skirt reappeared with force in the 2000s, with stars such as Christina Aguilera and Tori Spelling making a case for it.
Today, the denim skirt has been reinvented as a trendy, comfortable, and easy-to-style piece that adapts to different occasions. During the spring of 2023, the midi skirt was spotted across the streets and runways worldwide. Now, with fall underway, people are also opting for the maxi and floor-length variations.
Whichever length you prefer, these skirts are here to stay. In September’s most recent Spring/Summer 2024 Fashion Week, several brands (Diesel, Etro, Nina Ricci, and more) presented looks featuring long denim skirts on the runway. Celebrities and influencers such as Camila Mendes, Anitta, and Jennifer López have also found the allure of this coveted item. The preferred style is the long skirt with a slit at the front or the slightly flared skirt that offers enough room to walk comfortably.
How to style the long denim skirt according to Latina women
While fashion is all about experimenting and feeling good in your own skin — or should we say skirt? — borrowing some style tips from experts and fashion lovers never hurts. If you’re looking for outfit inspiration featuring the it item of the season, then look no further than Latina content creators slaying the long skirt trend.
On TikTok, several Latina women are sharing their maxi skirt fits. And the options are endless. From sporty and casual to contemporary and chic, there are combinations for every girl and every style. Starting off casual, pair your preferred denim skirt with a simple top — think of a plain T-shirt, a white top, or a tank top — and sneakers. Throw a bomber jacket, a cardigan, or your favorite outerwear piece on. Then, accessorize with a cap or a casual bag, and you’re ready to go!
If you want to go for a classier outfit, add a blazer, a purse, or a mini bag, and you’ll instantly elevate the look. You can wear this combination with sneakers, too, but if you truly wish to turn this into a dressier outfit, you can replace the sneakers with a pair of sandals, mules, or kitten heels.
The fall-approved route
Are you into contemporary fashion? Go bolder and add a pair of boots — both ankle and knee boots work for this style. Ensemble a killer look by adding a turtle neck, a leather or statement jacket, and a matching belt. This look can take a fall spin with trendy colors such as cherry red, chocolate brown, or even warm caramel and taupe hues.
Finally, if you don’t want to sacrifice comfort, you can always opt for Mary Jane shoes, ballerinas, or even the divisive UGG boots or slippers. But wearing comfortable footwear doesn’t have to be synonymous with boring. Add a white shirt, knitwear, and a long coat, and you’ll be instantly upping your style game.