12 Versatile Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt

A denim shirt is just as essential as your LBD.

model in denim shirt

DION LAMAR MILLS FOR BYRDIE 

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. 

Long Sleeve Western Buttondown Shirt
Aerie Long Sleeve Western Buttondown Shirt $31
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Zoe Leopard-Print Crepe Midi Skirt
Reformation Zoe Leopard-Print Crepe Midi Skirt $148
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Croco Leather Belt
& Other Stories Croco Leather Belt $49
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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.

Denim Shirt
Zara Denim Shirt $50
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Beverly Floral Print Midi Skirt
DVF Beverly Floral Print Midi Skirt $298
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Heeled Slingbacks
Zara Heeled Slingbacks $60
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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.

Fitted Denim Shirt
Liu Jo Fitted Denim Shirt $128
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Pijama The Kiss Printed Silk-Twill Wide-Leg Pants
AZ Factory Pijama The Kiss Printed Silk-Twill Wide-Leg Pants $280
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Tied Flat Leather Sandals
Zara Tied Flat Leather Sandals $50
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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. 

Western Denim Shirt
Alex Mill Western Denim Shirt $125
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Sleeveless V-Neck Maxi Dress
Bobeau Sleeveless V-Neck Maxi Dress $72
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Knitted Strap Fabric Shopper
Cos Knitted Strap Fabric Shopper $79
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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. 

Nicola Frayed Patchwork Denim Shirt
Andersson Bell Nicola Frayed Patchwork Denim Shirt $230
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Flared Recycled Cotton Denim Pants
Cos Flared Recycled Cotton Denim Pants $115
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Low Heel Pointed Toe Slingback Flats
Zara Low Heel Pointed Toe Slingback Flats $20
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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.

Payton Western Denim Shirt
Levi's Payton Western Denim Shirt $90
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Carole Pleated Faux Leather Skirt
Cupcakes and Cashmere Carole Pleated Faux Leather Skirt $130
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Square Toe 105 Ankle Boots
Dora Teymur Square Toe 105 Ankle Boots $190
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With Faux Fur

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

Denim Perfect Shirt
Gap Denim Perfect Shirt $60
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Patch My Drift Faux Fur Jacket
BB Dakota Patch My Drift Faux Fur Jacket $139
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Small Faye Shoulder Bag
Chloé Small Faye Shoulder Bag $1450
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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. 

Medium Wash Denim Button Up Shirt
Torrid Medium Wash Denim Button Up Shirt $37
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Control Top Faux Patent Leather Leggings
Commando Control Top Faux Patent Leather Leggings $98
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MyBody Stretch-Knit Tank
AZ Factory MyBody Stretch-Knit Tank $310
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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. 

Long-Sleeved Denim Shirt
Versace Jeans Couture Long-Sleeved Denim Shirt $359
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Smocked Wide Leg Pants
Smocked Wide Leg Pants Michael Stars $138
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Cecilia Hoop
Humans Before Handles Cecilia Hoop $45
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Lead image wardrobe provided by H&M and Revolve.

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