From the feminist uprisings of the 60s to today, the denim skirt has never stopped transforming and modernizing until, during the 80s and 90s it established itself as a real must-have of the female wardrobe. But how to match it? The outfits to be inspired to show it off in every occasion, the fashion trends 2021 and the models to buy now.
During the sixties its mini version became the symbol of feminist revolt thanks to Mary Quant, while in the eighties and nineties it was revisited and established itself permanently as an evergreen wardrobe item, trendy and perfect to be worn on many different occasions.
Denim, the fabric from which everything began, was born in Nîmes, France, although the real turning point came around 1860, when French manufacturers chose Genoa as a privileged port for trade with the United States. It was in the Ligurian capital that the first pair of pants with a robust and resistant character was sewn and produced, made from cotton in indigo blue (the darkest wash).
This model reaches in a short time America where the legend of blue jeans was born and, in the ’60s, is definitely inserted in the daily clothing.
In the ’60s Mary Quant, her miniskirt and the first feminist movements enter the scene. From the post-war period onwards, the “mini”, born with the idea of facilitating the movements of women in their daily lives, became the protagonist. The first models had to strictly reach two inches above the knee (this is about 5 centimeters), while during the sixties became four and then, at the end of the decade, became 8 (about 20 centimeters).
The garment was an immediate success: in a post-war era in which women wore pompous and bulky skirts, the miniskirt, with its few inches of fabric, became the voice of the revolutionary movements of those years, where people rebelled against the respectable society, its strict restrictions and taboos.
Increasingly short and increasingly worn, the mini-skirt is relaunched in a new material, which will then explode as a trend in the ’80s and ’90s: denim. During the early eighties in fact, thanks to experiments with elastic fibers and innovative materials, the denim skirt becomes a symbol of glamor and sensuality. It was during this period that Calvin Klein emerged, the first designer to have used denim as an element of exclusive luxury.
Versatile and practical, the denim skirt can be worn on many occasions and in many different styles. Perfect for a casual chic outfit is the sheath denim model, tight at the waist, fitted and calf-length. Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wears it with a skin-tight flesh-colored bodysuit that echoes the shade of her high-heeled sandals, but you can also wear it with a turtleneck sweater or a white shirt and complete it with a kitten-heeled shoe, elegant and feminine.
The combination par excellence (as well as the most loved) is the one that sees the short jean skirt combined with a white crew-neck t-shirt and, to complete this casual outfit, you can match a blazer in neutral colors, such as beige, black and tobacco, or opt for brighter and more vibrant colors such as emerald green, red and fuchsia.
If, on the other hand, your favorite model is the ankle-length one, pay attention to proportions: for a more casual outfit you can wear total white sneakers and a t-shirt with some particular print or design, but if you prefer a bolder and more elegant look, go for heels and crop tops.
Short, very short or calf-length: these are the key words when it comes to denim skirts for 2021. This year, not only are the glorious models that marked the generation of the 80s and 90s returning, but denim is getting a makeover. The fabric becomes lighter and softer, so as to follow and enhance all silhouettes to the fullest.
Take inspiration from the total denim look seen on the Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini runway: the mini-skirt, very short, is matched and overlapped with an overcoat with an important volume, enriched by the gold detail of the belt at the waist that slims the figure.
Stella McCartney instead proposes a casual chic look, where the denim skirt, calf-length and with an intriguing front slit, is combined with a transparent lace top and an oversized blazer.