Denim Maxi Skirts Are the Standout Style of the Season

Give your blue jeans a break.

Woman wearing button-down denim maxi skirt by Mango
(Image credit: Mango)

Fashion often operates like a pendulum. Once a trend peaks, a style that's its diametric opposite will rise to take its place. You've recently seen the whiplash phenomenon with skirt hemlines. Leggy silhouettes generated quite a lot of hullabaloo in 2022, but once you wrapped your head around the idea of a micro-miniskirt, the conversation pivoted to floor-grazing styles. As Marie Claire's Sara Holzman reports, denim maxi skirts, in particular, are a standout trend of 2023.

The trend cycle is certainly confounding (you'll break your brain trying to figure it out), but that's what makes fashion so fun; It's full of contradictions and nuance, which gives you plenty of variety to shop. To wit, there's a surplus of great denim maxi skirts available to shop now that will perhaps even rival your beloved pair of blue jeans. Legacy denim brands like Levi's and AGOLDE offer straightforward longline options, and you can shop RAEY's jean pencil skirt, every fashion editor's favorite workwear piece, in four different colorways. There are options from Stella McCartney and Zimmermann, too, which integrate more experimental touches like flared, fluted hems and doubled-up denim waistlines. 

Ahead, shop our favorite picks for long denim skirts, ranging from pencil-like styles to wear to the office to relaxed maxis you can integrate into your weekend rotation.

The Best Denim Maxi Skirts

Meet the Fashion Expert

Rachael Proud
Rachael Proud

Rachael Proud is the Creative Director at RAEY at MATCHES. Launched in 2015, the London-based label makes its manufacturing decisions based on reducing its environmental and social impact, starting with the use of innovative recycled fibers, closed-loop manufacturers, and production audits.

Emma Childs
Style Editor

Emma Childs is the Style Editor at Marie Claire, where she researches up-and-coming trends, curates shopping guides, and gushes about the must-buy items she can't stop thinking about. She previously wrote for TZR, Editorialist, Elite Daily, and Mission Magazine and studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University. When she's not writing up fashion deep-dives or finding the season's best pieces, you'll find her fiddling around in Photoshop and perusing HBO Max for the next show to base her personality on (currently, it's "Succession").