Denim Shirt: The New Basic 4 Ways

By Ann of Holier than Now

It’s probably safe to say the denim shirt (along with its sister, the chambray shirt) have officially moved from “trend” item to new basic. It’s easy to see why: denim blue has long gone with everything, and moving it up top was only a matter of time.

Here are four great ways to style your new favorite:

Basic and blouse-y: An untucked denim shirt has just enough volume to balance out a mini skirt, making an ooh-la-la outfit look office-appropriate.

Lighter layer: When it’s too hot for a jean jacket, a soft chambray shirt adds a layer of warmth, color and texture.

Doubled-up: Are you terrified of the denim-on-denim trend?  Me too.  The key is color mix, so a denim shirt of a different shade can be the perfect partner.  Still scared?  Layer a leather jacket on top for a subtler take.

Personalized: If you’re so ahead of trend that you’re ready to step it up, the cut-out shoulder is such a relevant silhouette right now.  Considering picking up a denim shirt on sale and having your tailor customize some shoulder snips. Bonus points if you bust out a sewing machine yourself!

If you’re still looking for that perfect version, here are four to try – a few on sale!

1. Genetic Denim The Prim Oversized Shirt ($77 – 50% off)

2. Madewell The Perfect Chambray Shirt ($68)

3. Madewell Shrunken Chambray Shirt ($78)

4. Textile by Elizabeth and James Bianca Shirt ($122.50 – 30% off)

Is the denim shirt an essential for you?  What’s your favorite way to wear it?


P.S. If you love the cut-out shoulder shirt, there’s a great non-denim version – the Equipment Nixie Blouse (you might have seen it on Jennine)!

Image credits: Nando Alvarez


1 Comment

  1. August 10, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    I just LOVE denim shirts! Great ideas 🙂

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