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1 Item, 5 Ways: Ideas on How to Wear a Denim Shirt

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Let’s style a denim shirt! A classic wardrobe piece that can be worn lots of ways!

Ready to rock your favorite wardrobe staple in five fab ways? I’m talking about that trusty blue denim shirt that’s been hanging in your closet, waiting for its moment to shine. I am also talking to myself here. I’ve never been much for denim tops or jackets, but lately I find myself reaching for my 20+ year old Gap denim jacket more than I ever have before. (I’m prone to social media outfit post ideas, what can I say.)

Oddly enough, I just worked on a film shoot that used a lot of denim and as I was styling some denim shirts, I found myself thinking, “what if…” So, here’s the result of my thinking! What if I had a classic denim shirt, how would I style it? 

Also, it’s been way too long since I’ve done any “1 Item, 5 Ways” blog posts, which I used to do all the time! So today, let’s talk different ways to style a denim shirt!

denim shirt with text "Style: 5 Ways to Style a Denim Shirt" on JKstyle.com

From casual-cool combos to chic and sophisticated ensembles, there’s no limit to the versatility of the humble denim shirt! (And I’m not talking a Canadian tuxedo – denim on denim jeans, that’s next level styling and we’re just getting started, ha!) If you’re ready for some serious style inspo, let’s dive into five effortlessly chic ways to style your denim shirt.

Whether you’re a die-hard denim devotee or just dipping your toes into the chambray sea (like me!), I’ve got you covered. 

Don’t own a denim shirt? I’ll list some options below, keep in mind these looks would all work with a blue shirt too!

**Important to note! The outfit ideas below all feature a different denim shirt. You don’t need five different denim shirts (unless you really want them). One denim shirt would work for all, I just wanted to show different options. You can pick your favorite and it would work in each look!**

Denim Shirt Outfit Ideas

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1. Classic Casual Look:outfit idea: denim shirt with black jeans, a black phone bag and black and white sneakers

Denim Shirt // Black Jeans // Phone Bag // Sneakers 

  • Pair your denim top with a pair of black jeans or black pants.
  • Tuck in the front of the denim shirt for a more polished look. 
  • Cool outside? Add an extra layer with a blazer on top!
  • Complete the outfit with a pair of sneakers or ankle boots for a casual yet stylish vibe.

2. Chic Layering:denim shirt, worn over a white tee shirt, pink trousers, gold necklaces, and cognac-colored belt and block heel sandals

Denim Shirt // White Tee // Trousers // Necklaces // Belt // Shoes 

  • Layer your denim shirt over a basic white or black t-shirt.
  • Pair it with a high-waisted skirt or trousers for a more sophisticated look.
  • Add a statement belt to cinch the waist and accessorize with layered necklaces for a trendy touch.

3. Feminine Flair:outfit idea: denim shirt with green and white floral print maxi skirt, white belt, and straw bag and sandals

Denim Shirt // Skirt // Bag // Belt // Sandals

  • Wear your denim shirt with a floral or patterned skirt for a feminine twist.
  • Tuck the denim shirt into the skirt and add a thin belt to define your waist.
  • Finish the look with ballet flats or sandals and delicate jewelry for a soft, romantic feel.

4. Edgy Street Style:denim outfit idea: denim shirt, coated black jeans, white faux fur coat, tan camera bag, and black chunky boots

Denim Shirt // Pants // Jacket// Bag // Boots

  • Layer the denim shirt under a leather jacket or faux fur jacket for an edgy vibe.
  • Pair it with distressed denim or faux leather pants for a bold statement.
  • Complete the look with combat boots or chunky platform sneakers.

5. Effortlessly Chic:outfit idea: denim shirt worn over a black and white tank and burnt orange colored linen pants. white and black tote and white sandals

Denim Shirt // Tank // Pants // Bag // Shoes

  • Wear your denim shirt as a lightweight jacket over a simple tank top or camisole.
  • Pair it with tailored trousers or white jeans for a polished look.
  • Add pointed-toe flats or low block heels and a structured tote bag for a chic and sophisticated ensemble.

Whichever stylish look you choose, accessorizing plays a significant role in elevating each look and is a great way to change things up. Experiment with different accessories such as scarves, hats, belts, and jewelry to personalize your denim shirt outfits further.

A few tips for shopping for the best denim shirts:

close up of a denim shirt collar

1. If you won’t wear it, don’t buy it. Seriously, if it’s just not your style, don’t worry about skipping this trend!

2. If the “classic” dark denim shirt isn’t your favorite, there are lots of different washes to try. I’m personally into the really light denim look right now.

3. It’s a safe staple. Sure, it’s having a bit of a moment right now but denim shirts are considered classic pieces by now. 

4. You’re going to be able to find the right shirt for you at a variety of price points, I’ll list some below with shoppable links.

5. If blue isn’t a color you typically wear (or want to wear), you can try different colors like a gray or black denim shirt.

More Shirt Options

styling a striped tee - JK Style

1. Light Wash Denim Shirt: I love this light chambray shirt with long sleeves. You get the denim look but can make it more or less casual depending on your mood.

2. Oversized Denim Shirt: This oversized denim shirt is also a fun pick. It would be great over a tee and joggers for a cool look. This could almost pass as a jacket 

3. Relaxed Denim Shirt: A relaxed denim button-down that will go with lots of outfits.

4. Short Sleeve Denim Shirt: Short sleeve denim shirts are available too! I like the idea of this tucked into a great trouser or pencil skirt. 

5. Classic Dark Denim Shirt: This darker wash is a classic look and would go with lots of dressy or casual outfits. 


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