Denim maxi skirts are in all places

Photograph: Sarah Brick. Hair & make-up: Carl Stanley

I really like denim, I really like a maxi skirt, so why am I not all around the newest full-length craze? I’ll inform you why… Within the Nineteen Nineties, I had a Levi’s maxi skirt which appeared completely excellent within the store however every time I attempted to stroll wherever, it felt like I used to be wearing a pair of heavy, denim curtains. There’s a motive why the hobble skirt obtained it’s identify… Within the early twentieth century, the style for lengthy, slender skirts that allowed solely the smallest steps was denounced by the media (and apparently, the Pope). The Levi’s maxi did have a break up nevertheless it nonetheless impeded my motion (there’s no level giving us pockets if we’re not in a position to stroll), and so, after some severe shuffling, ended up on the charity store.

Right here’s my recommendation for purchasing a denim skirt you may stroll in, this season :


When you’re going full-length, select a skirt with form.

The organic cotton, fishtail skirt from Raey at appears to be like like a mode for striding out in. As does Linda Rodin’s beautiful denim maxi. In the meantime Arket’s version has a gathered elasticated waist and a facet slit. Keep away from something too straight-up-and-down, like an elongated, denim pencil skirt. (What’s it about these final 4 phrases that makes you assume this garment shall be straightforward to stroll in?) As an alternative search for A-line and circle skirts; types with godets, panels or pleats. Principally, if it ain’t obtained that swing, give the denim maxi the sling.

Go midi not maxi

Just under the knee or midi size permits extra room for manoeuvre. The A-line type is perennially stylish; see Soeur (HERE and HERE), Toast and Seasalt. Whereas Boden has a panelled midi that flares out on the hem. This model from Finery has the trendy uncooked edges with out the leg-swaddling size. And, button-front denim skirts are another choice, there’s a beautiful one at Sézane. I additionally like reworked designs that give the impression they’re comprised of an old pair of jeans. Within the Eighties, I truly efficiently reworked a pair of balloon-shaped denims right into a knee-length denim skirt. Simply giving myself a pat on the again…

Discover a lighter-weight denim

A part of the difficulty with the denim maxi is that your legs are swathed in inflexible material and so clearly, motion is restricted. Even when there’s a entrance or again break up. Chambray and lighter-weight jeans are extra versatile, and extra prevalent in the course of the summer season months (although I’ve noticed a few chambray midis, this season). Fairly than shopping for one thing new, I’m going to style-up this bias lower, circle skirt from a earlier collaboration. Watch this area.




Please let me know in case you’ve discovered a denim maxi skirt you may stroll in….

Right here’s my choice of non-hobble skirts:


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The skirt I’m carrying is by Mud Denims, loaned from Gather & See. We may solely pay money for the pattern dimension for the shoot, which was a bit small for me. The jury’s out on walkability, I must attempt it in the correct dimension. The cardigan was a thanks reward from Genevieve Sweeney. My ankle boots are an previous pair purchased within the Tod’s sale. And I’m going to be speaking in regards to the bag, shortly.