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Denim days! 23 skirt styles to step up your summer wardrobe

/ Source: TODAY

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The denim days of summer are almost upon us, and no other piece is as versatile as a denim skirt. Dress it down with a T-shirt and flats for barbecues, brunches or another leisurely activity, or dress it up and wear it out at night with heels and a blouse. You can even throw it over your swimsuit after a day at the beach instead of your cutoffs — the options are endless!

And now is the time to invest in this versatile item. To help you decide which style is best for you, read on for a roundup of our favorites.

Pencil

Perfect for work (and after-work drinks), the denim pencil skirt may be practical, but it’s certainly not boring. Thanks to its form-fitting silhouette, this style is both sexy and sophisticated.

target.com

Who What Wear Denim Pencil Skirt, $30

jcrew.com

J. Crew Frayed Denim Pencil Skirt, $88

oldnavy.com

Old Navy Hi-Rise Plus Size Denim Pencil Skirt, $23

bodenusa.com

Boden Zoe Pencil Skirt, $51

Distressed

A great alternative to cut-off shorts or ripped jeans, a distressed denim skirt has downtown cool written all over it. While this is one style we wouldn’t recommend for formal affairs, it’s absolutely perfect for off-duty activities.

hm.com

H&M Distressed Denim Skirt, $15

boutiquetoyou.com

Kendall + Kylie Distressed High Rise Skirt, $68

blanknyc.com

Blank NYC Asymmetrical Denim Skirt, $88

macys.com

Guess Luzy Denim Pencil Skirt, $79

revolve.com

One Teaspoon Freelove Skirt, $71

Button-front

This retro style has real staying power. To stick with the throwback '70s theme, pair it with wedges, mules or a platform of any kind. Whether you opt for a flared version or one with a slit, this will be the most flattering silhouette around.

hm.com

H&M A-line Denim Skirt, $35

riverisland.com

River Island Blue Denim Button-Up Maxi Skirt, $76

boohoo.com

Bohoo Blue Poppy Scalloped Button Front Denim Skirt, $18

zara.com

Zara Denim Skirt With Buttons, $40

kohls.com

LC Lauren Conrad Button-Front Jean Skirt, $37.50

Mini

A closet staple, this silhouette shouldn’t be restricted to the under 30 set. Show off your gams at any age — just be sure to balance the short hemline with a high-neck blouse or tailored top.

asos.com

ASOS Curve Denim A-Line Mini Skirt, $32

express.com

Express High Waisted Raw Hem Denim Mini Skirt, $50

ae.com

AEO Denim Mini Skirt, $40

loft.com

LOFT Denim Wrap Skirt, $60

Beyond blue

From colored denim to stripes and embroidery, we love a skirt that’s got some pizazz. Think outside the blue box and opt for something nontraditional — especially if you’re looking for a slightly dressy or trendy option.

lordandtaylor.com

Free People Embroidered Denim Wrap Skirt, $58

theoutnet.com

Maison Kitsune Liv Washed Stretch-Denim Mini Skirt, $70

topshop.com

Topshop Tall High-Waisted Denim Skirt, $68

theoutnet.com

See by Chole Striped Stretch Denim Mini Skirt, $103

riverisland.com

River Island Embroidered Denim Mini Skirt, $70