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Give New Life To Your Denim Skirt By Styling Them In These Unexpected Ways

Once the style staple of the seventies, here’s how you can reinvent this piece and make your look a head-turner.

The denim skirt will always be a wardrobe essential. It is a casual piece that is easy to pair with and a convenient option to slip into for a quick supermarket run. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be #OOTD worthy. Creating interesting looks around this classic piece can be easy — with just the addition of a few details. Here are some ways you can add a fresh spin to this closet staple.

Denim mini skirt by Madewell, £90 (S$161), via Net-a-Porter
1. A cool lightweight top Lose the T-shirts and go with shirts instead as they can instantly transform your look from sloppy to classy. Opt for shirts that are billowy and lightweight — those made of cotton or silk would be a great choice as they’ll provide you with both comfort and style. We say pick one with ruffles or floral prints to add an interesting dimension. Pair these with a straw bag and shades, and you’re all set for a resort vacation. Distressed denim mini skirt by Maje, £160 (S$286), via Net-a-Porter
2. Trench like the French Give your casual black denim skirt some zing by throwing on a khaki trench. Add a little Parisian chic by wearing a striped top underneath and throwing on a beret, then roll up your sleeves to exude a devil-may-care attitude. Tip: make sure your trench is made of a light-weight cotton-blend material so you can still keep cool. Denim maxi skirt by Elizabeth and James, £410 (S$732), via Net-a-Porter
3. Lengthen the skirt Instead of going for the typical denim pencil skirt or mini, how about changing it up with a long piece that ends at your ankles? Go for something that allows you more breathing space, such as this flare skirt. Style it with a bandeau top and sandals or sliders and you’re good to go for an alfresco brunch. Leopard printed denim mini skirt by R13, £390 (S$697), via Net-a-Porter
4. The rebel way Who says denim skirts have to be boring or blue, for that matter? Draw inspiration from French fashion influencer Camille Charrière, who is unafraid of pushing the boundaries with her outfits. Show your rebellious side with this leopard print piece and match it with a hoodie and a pair of Dr. Martens boots. But keep your accessories simple — you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard. Black denim skirt by FRAME, £195 (S$348), via Net-a-Porter
5. With a coloured blazer A blazer will give your casual denim skirt a preppy boost, and one in a bright colour like this pink checkered blazer adds a dose of fun. Keep the contrasts going with white sneakers and a casual white clutch. Distressed denim mini skirt by Alexander Wang, £285 (S$509), via Net-a-Porter
6. A printed pullover in fine cotton Pair your skirt with a slouchy, oversized sweater to exude a laid back flair that’s still a touch formal when you pair the look with chunky boots. Make sure the pullover you have chosen comes in fine cotton instead of chunky knits to keep yourself cool and comfortable in Singapore’s heat. Two-toned denim pencil skirt by Givenchy, £725 (S$1,295), via Net-a-Porter
7. Blinding turtlenecks You can pull off a denim skirt for the office. Just make sure that they’re fashioned as a pencil skirt in monochromatic hues, just like this piece from Givenchy. Brighten this skirt up with blinding turtlenecks. We’re thinking of hues like marigold yellow, vermilion red or cerulean blue — they’re fun and not too ostentatious for work.