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How to Wear a Denim Mini Skirt Over 30

Jeans and a Teacup Blogger wearing And Other Stories Denim Skirt and Marais USA SandalsLos Angeles Blogger at the Brand Library wearing a straw basket bag, croc embossed sandals, puff sleeved top and denim skirtMarais USA croc sandals on Los Angeles style bloggerCalifornia Fashion Blogger wearing French Inspired Summer OutfitMinimalist Style Blogger wearing H&M Puff Sleeve Blouse, & Other Stories Denim Skirt, and Lulu's Straw Basket Bag

I recently went through my closet and came across a denim skirt that I had in college. I thought, “This is perfect! I’ve been wanting a denim skirt!”…that was, until I tried it on. It sat low on the waist and the inseam was only about 14 inches. Even though I think my legs are great, there was just something that felt wrong about showing that much skin. I realized that I’m no longer in college and it was time for a little update.

Now that I’m in my early 30’s there’s a few things that I look for when picking out denim skirts. Number one is a higher waist. I’m a fan of high waists in general anyway but with skirts, it’s a must have. High waist skirts will hit on the smallest part of your waist which will make you look thinner and also give the illusion of more curves. Just make sure to tuck your shirts in so you can see your small waist! If you choose a skirt that hits lower on your waist, you’ll end up looking a lot wider than you are. High waist skirts will also make your legs look longer, which is always a plus.

The second thing I look for is a longer inseam. The skirt that I’m wearing above might not technically seem like a “mini skirt” but it’s about a mini as I want to go nowadays. Remember the fingertip test that they made you do in high school? Honestly, I don’t think it’s a bad idea. I like my skirts to hit below my fingertips. Of course, the length that’s right for you will depend on your height. I’m almost 5′ 8″ so I need my skirts to be a little on the longer side anyway because I’m a little taller. The one above is about 17.5″ and honestly, those few inches make all the difference.

I also look for classic washes and skip the weird distressing and “whiskering”. The one I’m wearing is a nice light blue wash. If you want to be a little dressier – go with a dark denim wash.

I think following these “rules” results in a classic style that stands the test of time!

And if you are looking for more inspiration for how to style a denim skirt, you should check out Chloe Mile’s video on 5 Ways to Style a Denim Skirt! Her denim skirt is a little bit shorter than I would recommend but still has a high waist and she shows it off by tucking in all of her tops. She also balances out the “shorter” denim skirt with longer blazers, jackets, and long sleeve tops.

P.S. Everlane is about to launch their denim skirts in about a month! You can sign up to get on the waitlist and be the first to shop when they launch!

What do you think? If you are over 30 should you skip the “mini” skirts and go for longer lengths?

Outfit Details:
H&M Blouse (option)(option)
& Other Stories Denim Skirt
Marais USA Sandals
Lulu’s Basket Bag
Cloverpost Necklace
Ray-ban Sunglasses

Flashback Fashion Fridays

Here’s a look from last April! This was taken during a visit to the Flower Fields! I convinced my husband to go with me…but he didn’t realize it would be about 2 hours away! He wasn’t too happy about the drive but we had a good time once we got there! I was also pregnant but this non-maternity Who What Wear Collection dress still fit over my bump!

Los Angeles Fashion Blogger at the Carlsbad Flower field wearing Who What Wear Dress

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  1. I had many a denim mini skirt in my high school/college days and would definitely not wear them today!! LOL I like this updated take though, it’s like a casual-chic pencil skirt!

    xo Jules

  2. What a great closet find! Very cute outfit! Denim skirts are so easy to style and I do love the concept of high waist anything! Not only for illusion of smaller waist but also for hiding that baby pouch that seems to not want to go away!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  3. You wear your denim skirt well, and I can’t imagine you never wearing one. Thanks for hosting the link party. Please do stop by and add a post to my #chicandstylish #linkup everything Thursday. Jacqui Mummabstylish