Imagine, if you will, that the government outlawed any type of women’s bottom except jean skirts. The streets would suddenly fill up with denim mini and maxi and A-line cuts; you’d start seeing blue and black and white washes everywhere. The only way to stand out would be with a pencil fit—like the 21 options in the gallery above, which may be made from utilitarian fabric, but feel surprisingly sophisticated.
Even better, despite its refined shape, the laid-back material keeps a narrow-fit jean midi from being uptight and businesslike. It’s relaxed and polished at the time, and makes everyone look a little more like Carine Roitfeld, a black belt in denim pencil skirt style (you can see her killing the look here, here, here and here!) and, well, style in general. So go ahead and order yourself one now—your inner French fashion editor will thank you.