The Denim Shirt – How To Wear It 12 Different Ways


What to Wear With a Denim Shirt

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The denim shirt — also called a chambray shirt, for the fabric it’s made from — is a fashionable wardrobe staple that belongs in every modern woman’s wardrobe. Just as you can wear a pair of jeans to look dressed up or more casual, a denim shirt is just as versatile for creating different looks in your life. In this fashion pictorial, we show you how to match this closet essential with your other separates, from jeans to skirts and dresses, to create looks that work for casual weekends, the office, date nights, and dressy events. You’ll also find ideas for accessorizing these outfits, so you can make them your own. Take a look at these fashionable denim shirt outfits.

Chic Casual Friday Outfit for Work

Levi’s denim shirt and coated jeans.
Levi Strauss & Co.

A denim shirt is a perfect way to dress down leather-look coated jeans, when you want to wear them for more casual occasions. We love this denim shirt outfit for wearing to the office, as a stylish way to make a great impression on “casual” Fridays. Instead of wearing the same jeans as all your cubicle mates, keep the denim up top, with a chambray shirt layered over slim black jeans, as pictured here. Add sophistication with simple earrings, classic black pumps and a ladylike leather bag. You can wear this fashion combination easily for weekends too — just layer on an infinity scarf, and swap the heels for ankle boots, and you’re all set for brunch or shopping with friends.

Casual Outfit With Jeans

Vary the fabric washes when you create a head-to-toe denim outfit.

Double denim is back in style in a big way — even supermodel Gigi Hadid wears this trend — but some women find it challenging to wear jeans stylishly with a denim shirt. There are a couple of tricks to doing so, when you’ want to create a chic casual look. The key things to get right are knowing how to vary different shades of denim in your outfit, and keeping your accessories classic, which instantly upgrades a head-to-toe denim ensemble. Here, you can see how this works. A lighter wash shirt is layered over sleek, dark wash jeans, to create variation in this casual outfit. Wearing a lighter shade of denim on top also draws attention to your top half, balancing your overall silhouette and making your bottom half look slimmer — which looks great on every body shape.

Dressed Up Outfit With Jeans

A blazer pulls together a double denim outfit for added polish.

Here’s how you can dress up a double denim outfit to wear to work — or whenever you want to look more polished in jeans. Start with the easy combination of a lighter wash chambray shirt with slim-fitting, dark indigo jeans. Next, layer on a structured black blazer that nips in at your waist, to help define your shape. Finally, add a pretty patterned scarf, to draw attention to your face and add color to this fairly neutral outfit. You could wear this look with heels to dress it up more, or choose fashionable, menswear-inspired leather loafers, as pictured here.

With a Pencil Skirt

Wear a chambray shirt to bring a flowery skirt down to Earth.

Wearing a solid colored chambray shirt is a great way to anchor an outfit that features a lot of pattern. We love the casually chic look of a chambray shirt tucked into a floral pencil skirt, as seen here. You could easily wear this outfit to the office, shopping, or to brunch with friends. Simply vary the footwear, and play with different earring styles, depending on where your day will take you.

With a Sparkly Skirt

AG Adriano Goldschmied denim shirt and sequin skirt.
AG Adriano Goldschmied

Do you have a fancy skirt in your closet that you’d love to get more wear out of? We’re here to inspire you to wear your evening skirts for daytime, by dressing them down with a casual chambray button-down. You could wear this outfit gallery hopping, or for shopping at the fancy mall. Of course, it would also look fabulous on an evening date, or for cocktail parties.

With a Lace Skirt

A denim shirt makes a sweet statement over ladylike lace.

Ladylike lace makes a great partner for casual denim. Here, we’ve paired a classic denim shirt with a neutral colored lace skirt, for an outfit that you could wear so many places, just by switching up the accessories. With a cute clutch and pretty ballet flats as pictured, you’re ready for the casual office, or for meeting a client. Want to take your look out for evening? Swap the flats for metallic heels, add dangling pendant earrings, and you’re ready for cocktails and dinner.

With White Jeans

Levi’s jean shirt and white jeans.
Levi Strauss & Co.

For spring and summer, dress up your denim shirt outfits by styling this go-to top with slim white jeans. This is a modern, classic outfit that can be easily worn to look polished from the office to running errands and other casual activities. Dress up this cute warm weather outfit with gold and turquoise jewelry, for a fresh and rich look in white denim.

With a Sweater

Sweater weather inspiration for wearing a chambray shirt.

When the temperature cools, layer an easy grey sweater over a chambray shirt and jeans for a chic, casual daytime outfit. Add some bling with a trendy statement necklace layered over the sweater, which also draws attention upward on your body for a flattering effect. A cute pair of fashion sneakers, or go-to ankle boots if you prefer, ground this look and make it look cool.

With Colored Jeans

Wear a denim shirt over fiery red leather-look coated jeans.
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Want to stand out from the denim wearing crowd, and look fantastic? Pair a chambray shirt with colored jeans in a rich, saturated shade, as shown here. If you’re curvy on the bottom, shop for a higher-waisted jean, which provides better coverage for your rear end, while lengthening legs and balancing hips. Keep in mind, too, that when your jeans are this attention-grabbing, it’s classy to keep your accessories neutral. Opt for gold and brown shades, as pictured here, that won’t compete with your outfit.

With a Maxi Dress

Layer a denim shirt over a summery maxi dress.

A striped maxi dress is perennially cool for summer wear — but we’ve got a stylish idea for how you can wear it into the fall months, for cooler evenings, or just at the office when the air conditioning is cranked. Instead of topping your floor-grazing dress with the expected jean jacket, layer on a chambray shirt as a fashionable top layer, as shown here.

With Jean Shorts

Layer a denim shirt over boyfriend denim shorts.

Here’s an easy, fashionable summer outfit you can wear on casual weekend days, or dress up for poolside cocktails and beyond. For a stylish look you can pull together in minutes, simply pair a distressed denim shirt with easy, boyfriend jean shorts. To look modern, choose denim pieces in a slightly different fabric wash, which creates visual interest in your outfit. Accessorize with basic sneakers for kicking around by day, then dress up your outfit with aviator sunglasses, gold jewelry, and nude colored high heel shoes, when you’re going from pool to bar.

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