Denim Skirts or Jean Skirts
This type of skirt has many different styles, colors &
lengths. As with most clothing styles, this kind of skirt comes In and out
of style from time to time. If you want to know if denim skirts are in
style this year, you may have to check somewhere else. The purpose of this
page is to describe this type of apparel. It is not to decide if it is
fashionable this season or not.
skirt is a tube- or
cone-shaped garment that hangs from the waist or hips and covers all or part of
the legs. The hemline of skirts can vary from micro or
mini to floor-length
and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well
as the wearer's personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as
fashion and social context. Most skirts are self-standing garments, but some
skirt-looking panels may be part of another garment such as leggings, shorts, or
sometimes referred to as a “jean skirt"
or in the plural “jeans skirt", is a skirt that is
obviously made of denim, the same material as blue jeans. Denim is a
sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp
threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes
it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the
warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the
warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp
threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This causes
blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the
core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim's signature fading
Denim skirts come in a variety of
styles and lengths to suit different populations and occasions. For example,
full-length denim skirts are commonly worn by women whose religious beliefs
prohibit them from wearing trousers for one reason or another. Shorter skirts
made of denim are commonly worn by teenagers and young adults. However,
the length of a skirt is not dictated by age. It is more base on personal
preference. Similar to
denim skirts will vary in different shades of blue, ranging from very pale to
very dark. Additionally they can be made with a variety of other colors in
addition to blue. The fabric can also be treated to look acid washed or
distressed in various ways (including rips).
Some jean skirts are modeled after a particular style of
jeans. For example, they may be designed and manufactured with a front
fly, belt loops, back pockets, etc. Other denim skirt designs are constructed
more like other types of skirts, with a column of front button, closures on the
side or back, or possibly elastic waists.
What is the origin of the jean
Would you believe me if we told
you that the hippies of the
1960’s came up with the fantastic idea?
In the 1960s, hippies came up with the idea of
recycling old denim jeans into long denim
skirts, by opening the inseams, and inserting pieces of triangular denim (or any
other fabric) in the front and back (unless a tall slit in back was preferred).
Denim skirts were first
introduced in mainstream fashion
lines in the
and since then have grown in popularity. Circa-1983, denim miniskirts—with a
pencil skirt silhouette—became a popular teenage fashion. They were initially
in darker blues, but eventually pinstripes (light blue on darker blue, red on
black) and acid wash. The trend lasted through the mid-1980s, until the late
1980s when knit miniskirts became dominant. The popularity of denim skirts
waned in the tail end of the 1980s until re-emerging in the latter portion of
the 1990s. The denim miniskirt of the early 21st century was shorter than its
1980s counterpart. As with many other fashion trends, the popularity comes
and goes. Sometimes trends last for months, years, or decades. In your
opinion, are they stylish this year?
The many styles of denim skirt:
Like skirts in general, there are many different
variations. Color, styling, fabric finishes, and embellishments.
classic style of a
denim skirt resembles a common pair of jeans, with a front fly, a fitted waist,
belt loops, and pockets. Although that is the classic version, it is most
definitely not the only version. There has been wide variety of other
styles constructed over the years to resemble many other types of skirts.
Several types of skirts are more common in denim than in
other fabrics—they typically include skirts with a variety of panels, going
beyond the four panels most common with other fabrics. These include chevron,
diagonal, diamond, horizontal, multiple vertical panels, and combinations of the
above. Denim skirts not made from pants are often designed as though they were
made from pants, i.e. with front and back triangular denim panels.
To tone down the rough and somewhat masculine look of the
denim fabric, denim skirts are sometimes designed with alternating cloth panels,
which can be diagonal, triangular, vertical, or there can be cloth panel trim at
the bottom of the skirt.
Some garments are made in more than one fabric.
However, that can be tricky because if fabric shrinkage occurs, it generally
effects different fabric constructions or fibers differently. Therefore,
it would not be a good idea to make one garment with two types of fabrics that
have a significant difference in regard to shrinkage. Similar concept
regarding how the fabric color fades. This could potentially become an
To make the basic denim skirt look more feminine, denim
skirts are often trimmed with fringes, lace, leather fringes, or decorated with
embroidery, patchwork, rhinestones, graphic text, or even painting. Screen
prints designs are generally rare on denim skirts, but not impossible. Deviating
from the front fly and button closure is common though, with back or side
zippers or a column of front buttons (on a "fake" fly) being common.
Ripped, distressed or the destroyed look from the jeans
market is often used with skirts as well. The ripped and distressed look
is typically more common with short denim skirts than with long ones.
Another style shared with jeans
and jeans cutoffs, but maybe even more popular in denim skirts, is the
rough hem. This is
achieved by not hemming the skirt (or undoing or cutting off the existing hem)
and washing the skirt by machine several times. The resulting edge of the skirt
will have a frayed or unraveling look,
popular with teenagers and young women. The longer unraveled threads are usually
cut off for an even fuzzy look or can be left at varying lengths to add to the
disheveled look. Many teenagers leave the stray threads hanging on their
Do you find short denim skirts appealing?
If you are interested, you may want to visit the
short skirts &
maxi skirt pages as well.
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