Let’s Discuss: The Playful Denim Pencil Skirt

If you were to rank all the denim items that have been worn in the past that I was so not ready to revisit – you could put the denim pencil skirt pretty high up there. However, after seeing Ann’s post last week on that amazing distressed Acne skirt and seeing so many fun renditions popping up on Shopbop, I’m having a change of heart. (Clearly the above photos are not all denim pencil skirts, but the idea is there – the shape, the pattern – the whimsy!)

I’m having visions of myself in the late spring and summer, pairing a bright, fitted and flirty little pencil skirt with a filmy t-shirt (tucked in of course), a great necklace and a nice tall wedge. That’s the thing about a pencil skirt – because of the length it really requires a heel to keep you from looking totally stumpy. Sorry, but it’s true!

In keeping with this year’s massive move towards colored denim, the pencil skirts I’m smitten with go right along with all the trends we’re seeing:

First, this Robert Rodriguez skirt in stretch denim, is high-waisted and 23″ long in a bright, sunny color. I don’t have the legs of a model and you might not either, so I’m betting it would fit a bit longer on one of us. Second, the Paige Denim Loveland skirt, in the same ‘Chello’ print as my favorite floral jeans. I love the button detailing and this print has proven to be much more wearable than I ever imagined. Finally, this darling Blank Denim skirt in lavender or white.

If you’re still a bit shy about this cut (and these colors), keep it super traditional (but in my opinion, a tad snore-worthy) in this easy, classic Current / Elliott Stiletto skirt. (However I love their buttoned-up white Dorothy skirt.)

So, what do you think? The pencil skirt is making a huge comeback in general this season, so will you try it in denim?

[Image credits: Eat, Sleep, Denim; Lucy Laught; Atlantic-Pacific; Olsens Anonymous.]



  1. March 27, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    That paige denim skirt is definitely my favorite. The pattern and buttons are just perfect together!

    Rebecca (hearts)…

  2. April 2, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Totally been on the search for the perfect denim pencil skirt! I’m thinking I’m prob going to have to take it in for alterations, since I haven’t found any that flatter my frame just yet.

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