8 Ways to Wear a Denim Skirt Like a Grown-up

Some friendly style updates from the last go-around

Alright, ladies. You’ve been watching the denim skirt make its triumphant return for some time. But you still might not be sure how to re-incorporate it into your wardrobe. So let’s take a look at all the ways a grown woman can pull off the summer staple.

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Song of Style

With A Peasant Blouse And Gladiator Sandals

Offset shorter hemlines with a long-sleeved blouse and flat sandals. (And yes, much more subtle gladiators also work.)

Get the look: Hinge skirt ($68); Free People blouse ($128); Steve Madden sandals ($70)

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Forage Fashion

With A Skinny Scarf And Mules

It's all about balance here: The heeled mules lengthen legs, which keeps the midi from looking dowdy, while the silk scarf dresses up your basic tank.

Get the look: J.Crew skirt ($80); Henri Bendel scarf ($39); M. Gemi mules ($228)

With A Square Scarf And Sneakers

For a slight spin on the previous look, go Parisian with a chic little neckerchief, opposite your favorite clean white sneaks.

Get the look: Rag & Bone skirt ($195); Urban Outfitters scarf ($14); Adidas sneakers ($75)

With A Striped Tee And Lace-up Flats

Another take on French-girl cool: relaxed knits and sharp shoes.

Get the look: Topshop skirt ($52); J.Crew Factory shirt ($30); Halogen flats ($90)

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Walk in Wonderland

With A Crisp White Shirt And Black Pumps

A formfitting skirt best lends itself to polished separates. Wear yours to the office and then to drinks afterward.

Get the look: McGuire skirt ($228); Gap shirt ($50); Stuart Weitzman pumps ($365)

With A T-shirt And Heels

A slight tuck in the front adds shape to the waist, while a pair of strappy heels elevates things all around.

Get the look: Ralph Lauren skirt ($165); T by Alexander Wang shirt ($85); Lulu’s heels ($22)

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EJ Style

With A Striped Blouse And Nude Pumps

The prints and colors give off a ’70s vibe, but the A-line cut and V-neckline are timeless.

Get the look: ASOS skirt ($62); Rails shirt ($147); MICHAEL Michael Kors ($99)

With A Lace Blouse And Mini Bag

Distressed denim looks downright classy with a frilly top and a teeny tiny purse.

Get the look: Steve J & Yoni P skirt ($305); Sea blouse ($310); Furla bag ($298)

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Lousy baker, stellar shopping buddy

You can find Susan either blissfully buried in a pile of clothes or on a plane between L.A. and NYC.