The Item I Wear to Death: DL1961's High-Waisted Denim Skirt

You know it's good when you don't care how many people have seen you in it.

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In our bi-weekly series, editors share "the item they wear to death," whether it be a basic white tee or a super-trendy jumpsuit. Prepare yourself (and your credit card) for some guilt-free shopping.

You know the really dumb unofficial Instagram rule that says you can't post a picture of yourself in the same outfit more than once? As much as I hate to admit it, I always did my best to conform to this ridiculous Internet Law. That is, until I found the perfect high-waisted denim skirt I wear, well, everywhere.

Since DL1961's Georgia high-rise skirt arrived at my desk in the spring, I've posted photos of myself in it three times and counting—which of course doesn't include all of the times I've worn it without documenting it. But what the Instagram pictures won't tell you is that I was hesitant to even try it on in the first place. I've had a love/hate relationship with denim for as long as I can remember. Like most women, I've dealt with the dressing room mirrors that inexplicably make you question your self-worth. My search for flattering denim anything was plagued with inconsistent sizing due to my fluctuating weight—this made me briefly give up on jeans overall. More on that here.

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Still, I decided to give it a shot. Tragically, I had gotten rid of all my jean skirts that I wore in the early 2000s, so I desperately needed a new one. I pulled the distressed denim skirt about an inch above my belly button and voilà: It fit snugly around my waist without suffocating me and the length was perfect for not flashing everybody on the street when I bent down or walked up the subway stairs.

In addition to the cute distressed finishes at the bottom of the skirt, there are two large pockets in the front and back to put your phone and credit cards in. Because of its somewhat surprising super high-waisted fit, I've been able to wear the skirt with a crop top to the bar, or a tucked-in tee to the office. It's not a coincidence that some of my best pictures are taken in this skirt. Even when I've eaten too much dessert the night before, that stomach bulge in the front magically disappears, which makes me feel super confident and, naturally, leads to those pictures on the 'gram.

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So when I had already posted an Instagram of myself in the skirt during a vacation in the Hamptons and a few weeks later for a #HearstElevatorSelfie, I was hesitant when my friend Ruby over at Cosmo (hi, Ruby!) kept telling me to "just post it!" when she took another picture of me wearing it on a trip to the Catskills. My mind immediately went to that one-time "Insta rule" that I had already broken, but then she reminded me nobody is paying attention as much as I am—and if I feel bomb in it, that's all that matters.

Grab DL1961's skirt for yourself, below, and feel free to also post about it 100 times on your grid:

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.