12 Versatile Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt

A denim shirt is just as essential as your LBD.

Woman wearing head-to-toe denim outfit

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We could talk for hours about the wonders of denim. It’s one of the most durable, classic, and versatile fabrics. That’s why adding a denim shirt to your wardrobe should be a no-brainer, as it is the perfect staple to an assortment of chic looks. In fact, we would argue that a denim shirt is just as essential to have in your wardrobe as your LBD. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling to see just how many ways you can make this classic piece work for you.

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With White Jeans

White jeans with denim make our hearts pitter-patter with happiness. The relaxed ready-to-wear look makes us think of our best and most stylish vacation days. Complete the outfit with a sleek saddle bag that can easily hold your passport, and you’re ready for take-off.

Rosette Puff Sleeve Denim Button-Up Shirt
Frame Rosette Puff Sleeve Denim Button-Up Shirt $278
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Hoxton Skinny Jeans
Paige Hoxton Skinny Jeans $305
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Beat Leather Saddle Bag
Coach Beat Leather Saddle Bag $450
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With Cropped Khakis

Seeing two classic materials like khaki and denim together makes the person wearing them look absolutely chic. Pair it with some chunky accessories to complete the outfit.

50s Frayed Denim Shirt
Re/Done 50s Frayed Denim Shirt $290
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Cotton Blend Utility Trousers
Sam Edelman Cotton Blend Utility Trousers $118
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Cassius Chain
Loren Stewart Cassius Chain $272
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With Tulle

There is something so fun and fitting about a denim and tulle duo. The mix of cotton-candy-esque whimsy paired with an everyday piece will guarantee to bring a smile to everyone you strut past. And let's be honest, every time we see iconic Carrie Bradshaw clad in a tulle skirt on the opening credits of SATC, we’ve been looking for any excuse to wear one as well. 

Oversized Cropped Denim Overshirt
Zara Oversized Cropped Denim Overshirt $40
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Tulle Midi Skirt
Lace & Beads Tulle Midi Skirt $56
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
No Ka' Oi Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Animal Print

Animal print is a bold print on its own, so try pairing it with simpler pieces. Denim is the perfect fabric to pair with an animal print maxi as it’s strong enough to carry the print without getting in its way. Give this outfit some more structure by adding a neutral belt and get ready to prowl your way through the day. 

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Aerie Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Reformation Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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& Other Stories Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Floral Skirts

There is something about denim and flowers that reminds us of all the best parts of spring. Here, the floral midi skirt and denim shirt make the perfect pair.

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Zara Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
DVF Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Zara Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Pajama Pants

Yes, you can wear your pajama pants outside. We only ask you to give them a quick steam if they’re wrinkled and pair them with a structured denim shirt. With this look, you’re set up for a comfortable day.

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Liu Jo Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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AZ Factory Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Zara Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With A Maxi Dress

Nothing screams warm weather like a maxi dress. But if you spot some clouds in the sky or can still feel a bite in the breeze, tying a denim shirt over your maxi dress will provide you with ample style and warmth. 

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Alex Mill Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Bobeau Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Cos Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Layers of Denim

When it comes to denim, there is never too much of a good thing. So, go all out with a head-to-toe denim look. 

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Andersson Bell Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Cos Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Zara Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Leather

Leather—or faux leather—adds a commanding boldness to an outfit. The softness of this denim shirt balances the look. Round out the ensemble with a pop of color at the bottom.

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Levi's Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Cupcakes and Cashmere Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Dora Teymur Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Faux Fur

We love blending textures. This specific fusion of fur and denim works for day or night.

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Gap Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
BB Dakota Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Chocolate Bar Clutch
Chloé Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Tied Around Your Waist

A denim shirt tied around the waist is a great way to make an outfit more casual. Try slinging one around your hips during the daytime with an outfit that you would usually save for evening outings, and voila, you’re ready for a cocktail-fueled brunch. 

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Torrid Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Commando Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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AZ Factory Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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With Wide-Leg Pants

Wide leg pants can have a mind of their own. Pairing them with a tapered denim shirt will balance the look. Finally, complete the outfit with some celestial silver earrings for an even more beautifully grounded appearance. 

Chocolate Bar Clutch
Versace Jeans Couture Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Smocked Wide Leg Pants Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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Humans Before Handles Chocolate Bar Quilted Clutch $82
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