Who among us could forget the double denim ensemble iconically debuted by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards? Fast-forward to today, and denim—particularly in skirt-form—is still having a major moment, albeit a much chicer one than we witnessed nearly 20 years ago. The trend is versatile, too, offering a slew of ways to transform a simple denim staple into a full look.

Embroidered Denim

Embroidery, in all forms, made a striking appearance beginning last spring and its dominance has lasted into the summer. The popular embellishment gives the denim skirt a refreshing update, perfect with a knotted tee and lace-up sandals for a light, carefree summer look.

Clockwise from left: Embroidered Denim Skirt, $36.50, J. Crew Factory; Twist-Front Tee, $9.90, Forever 21; Leather Lace-Up Gladiator Sandal, $39, Urban Outfitters

Off-the-Shoulder Pairings

Shoulder-baring silhouettes continue to trend this summer, with many such tops and dresses featuring a '70s-esque bell sleeve. A denim skirt paired with an off-the-shoulder blouse makes for a fun, breezy look. Top it off with a pop of color from a pair of bright tassel earrings.

Clockwise from left: High-Rise A-Line Denim Mini Skirt, $27, Old Navy; Eyelet Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $89, Bloomingdale’s; Ball Top Tassel Drop Earrings, $19.90, Express

Button-Front Denim

Paying homage to the 1970s, many denim skirts now feature contrasting metal buttons down the front. Typically longer than traditional minis, button-front denim skirts offer more coverage for those who seek it. The '70s-style treasure is the perfect fit with a striped top and crossbody bag.

Clockwise from left: High Rise Button-Front Denim Skirt, $54, Gap; Striped Cotton Jersey T-Shirt, $68, Polo Ralph Lauren; Circle Straw Crossbody Bag, $59, Urban Outfitters

Denim on Denim

Once considered a fashion faux pas, denim on denim has since made its way over to the 'do' column–but, to effectively master the style, it's important your denim doesn't match in wash or weight. No one needs a repeat Justin-Britney look. Try a distressed jean skirt with a chambray-like top and a pair of patterned shoes to balance out all that denim.

Clockwise from left: Distressed Denim Mini Skirt, $17.90, Forever 21; Relaxed Chambray Shirt, $22, Old Navy; Champion Daisy Garden Glitter Keds, $85, Keds

Denim with Leather

Taking notes from rock ‘n' roll, pairing a denim skirt is chic and edgy. This summer, save yourself from a total sweat sesh in the Texas heat with a faux leather option, which looks better for your bank account anyway. Wear it with a band tee or, for a hint of sweetness, an embroidered tank top.

Clockwise from left: Free People Modern Femme Denim Miniskirt, $50, Nordstrom; Noisy May Leather Look Jacket, $60, Asos; Embroidered Scoop Neck Tank Top, $24.95, American Eagle

Denim and Floral

From shorts and swimwear to tops and bags, floral patterns have outlasted the spring season and continue to make a splash on everything this summer. A bright, summery floral blouse in yellow or orange pairs perfectly with a basic denim skirt; tuck the shirt in for a more put-together vibe and complete the look with floral stud earrings.

Clockwise from left: Denim Pencil Skirt, $29.99, Banana Republic; Petaluma Floral Tank, $98, Anthropologie; Kate Spade New York Floral Mosaic Stud Earrings, $58, Saks Fifth Avenue

Texas-Style Denim

Texans have an excuse to buy even more denim, and it's easy to add a Lone Star State twist to the trend. Just grab a pair of cowboy boots, a ruffled or lace top, and your favorite rodeo belt and be on your way for a night of two-stepping.

Clockwise from left: Denim Skirt, $24.99, H&M; San Juan Mad Dog Western Boots, $159.99, Boot Barn; Karen Kane Embroidered Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top, $159, Dillard’s 

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