I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything more American than denim, at least not in the style world. Our love of denim has transformed it from a utilitarian necessity for American miners to a world-wide wardrobe staple. Thanks to Levi Strauss, we have denim in every possible form for all of our fashion whims — from denim jumpsuits to denim shoes. If it can be made from denim, then there’s a designer who has tried. But for those of us who love the more classic styles, let’s take a look at a few ways to style denim skirts for summer.

Crisp white.

I have a bit of obsession with light denim skirts and crisp white tops. It just feels fresh. And that’s what we need in the dead heat of summer, fresh and light. Look for denim skirts with a button fly for an on-trend look.

White shirt
Victoria Secret Sport top, American Eagle denim skirt, Mix No. 6 sandals from DSW.

Button down.

Speaking of buttons, try a button down top. Tuck it in fully, half tuck it or tie it up…any way you like it, a button down shirt is the perfect structured piece to wear with denim skirts.

American Eagle top and denim skirt, bag from Target, and Vince Camuto heels.


Just because a denim skirt seems a little traditional doesn’t mean it can’t have attitude. Try a band tee and leather jacket and watch your edge level rise. Heels optional.

Band T
T-shirt from Zulilly, American Eagle skirt, sunglasses from Target,  BlankNYC faux leather jacket, and Steve Madden heels.

Shirts tucked in.

What I especially love about denim skirts is that they are the best at hiding the bumps and lines you get from a tucked in shirt. How’s that for a girl’s best friend? Body suits are also perfect with denim skirts.

Tucked in
Violet and Claire top, American Eagle skirt, Enzo Angiolini heels.

Grab that outer layer.

Yes, a lightweight outer layer looks great with denim skirts. However, if the back of your denim skirt is a tad too short or is not so flattering, grab a duster cardigan! It will be long enough to hide your rear, and the flow of it makes a great contrast to the structure of denim.

GGaze bodysuit, 7 For All Mankind skirt, H by Halston cardigan, Vince Camuto heels.

Tip: Are you daring? Try wearing a chambray top with a denim skirt, but be sure the two denim colors are different. A light wash chambray top with a dark wash denim skirt takes the outfit away from Canadian tuxedo and into fierce fashionista.

Buffalo by David Bitt top, American Eagle skirt