Denim Tips: Updating the mini for 2011

Every girl has one. It’s either clipped and hung in the back of your closet, or buried in a drawer, under piles of folded shorts and pants, gathering sartorial dust. I’m talking about the denim mini skirt. In it’s various incarnations, it was a go-to in my wardrobe for the better part of a decade.

Flash forward to New York City in 2011, and I haven’t even thought about a denim mini in what feels like years. It’s been replaced by leather shorts, pleated skirts and maxis, to name a few. In short, it’s dated. As a New York City girl on a budget, I can’t overhaul my wardrobe each season. I have to shop my closet and find a way to give old clothes new life.

I came across my denim mini the other day in a (futile) attempt to create more space in my closet. It still fits like a dream and flatters my fading summer tan, so why shouldn’t I try and resuscitate it? I decided to give it a whirl, using a few of my favorite pieces of the moment: menswear-inspired shoes and a crisp button down shirt.

The key to reviving an old stand-by is to mix it with current pieces and create a fresh look. Et voila – familiar and fashion-forward.

If you can’t seem to find your mini from days gone by, I love this dark denim Hudson skirt.



  1. August 30, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    Is it coincidental that I was wearing my denim minis yesterday? For me, they’re never ever out of style. I pair them with leggings in winters. Can’t give up on them at all! =D

  2. August 30, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    Crap – I got rid of mine last year because it was too big!! I love this outfit – it’s classic and casual. Also dying for those shoes as my gorgeous heels hurt my feet. 🙂

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