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
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, where she writes deep-dive trend reports, zeitgeisty fashion featurettes on what style tastemakers are wearing, long-form profiles on emerging designers and the names to know, and human interest vignette-style round-ups. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, where she wrote shopping e-commerce guides and seasonal trend reports, assisted with the market for fashion photo shoots, and assigned and edited fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center and launched her own magazine, Childs Play Magazine, in 2015 as a creative pastime. When she's not waxing poetic about niche fashion topics, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking banana bread in her tiny NYC kitchen.