A quality denim shirt is a wardrobe staple for any man. The problem though is how to find one that’s suitable for both casual and smart casual dress occasions. We personally prefer blue washed denim shirts as they’re softer and are better paired with chinos and if you must, denim jeans.
Whilst acceptable, Double denim (Canadian tuxedo) is bloody hard to get right. If you must, try dark almost black jeans and a washed denim shirt on top and trial the contrasting tones from there. If your tops and bottoms match then you’ve taken it too far.
In this selection of eight denim shirts you’ll find them ranging from cheap to insanely expensive, so there should be something for everyone’s tastes. It’s a great starting point with brands like Nudie Jeans, Lee Jeans and Farah before moving into more high-end territory like Acne, A.P.C. and Balmain.
This chambray shirt looks like denim, but being made from chambray is actually much more lightweight. It's softer too, so will remain comfortable all day long, and owing to its versatile nature, can be worn from the office to the evening bar with ease.
This western denim shirt comes in a light blue wash, making it perfect for pairing with darker jeans. Stud poppers and chest pockets give it some wild-western flair, making it the perfect daytime wearer.
This Organic Denim Shirt is as soft-as-you-like straight out the box thanks to its "special enzyme-washed process." Wellen adds that it's the perfect piece for keeping you warm during cool summer evenings and to act as a mid-layer to keep you warm in winter. A button-down collar keeps things professional and its mid-wash colouring makes pairing a doddle.
The Clark denim shirt comes in a regular cut, allowing it to be a perfect layering piece over a t-shirt, while its dark denim wash lends it to being worn day and night. Factor in 100% organic cotton and you've got yourself the perfect denim shirt.
The Chambray shirt does what it says on the tin, it's a 100 per cent cotton chambray shirt, available in both light and dark washes, both of which have a slightly faded look. Not only does this mean they're well-suited to casual occasions, but they can add an indie vibe to evening outfits too.
This Blue Denim Shirt is literally a blue denim shirt. Made from a breathable blend of cotton and linen sourced direct from Italy, it's been expertly tailored to provide a slim, but not quite figure-hugging fit.
This chambray linen shirt is perfect for warmer months thanks to its use of linen. A straight fit cut gives it some extra room compared to slim-fit designs and buttons on the sleeves allow to roll them up and pin them in place.
The Denim Walker Shirt is the embodiment of that, with a dark wash making it suitable for dressing up for a evening, but being cut in a regular fit, its boxy and casual enough to accompany you on an outdoor trek.
Such as this 3301 Slim Shirt, which takes its design inspiration from shirts of the Wild West. The denim used is lightweight at 7.2oz, making it an ideal top layer in summer and even better mid-layer in winter. Flapped chest pockets add some stylish touches and snap fastenings make taking it off a breeze.
This particular Polo Ralph Lauren denim shirt is cut from washed-denim to give it the perfect mid-wash colouring. It also features button fastenings, a slim-fit cut and the iconic polo player on the chest, it's the only denim shirt you need.
This bleached denim shirt, finished in a very light indigo, will look perfect with dark or black denim jeans and a pair of fresh white sneakers. Made from 100 per cent Italian cotton and rocking classic workwear styling, Todd Snyder's denim shirt is as versatile as they come and will hold you in good stead no matter the occasion.
That's certainly true of the Victor denim overshirt, which as its product name implies, is a heavyweight shirt that can act as a top layer even when the temperature begins to drop. A classic stonewashed colouring makes it easy to pair with dark or even beige or stone-coloured bottoms, and tortoise shell buttons provide a subtle but effective stylistic touch.
This classic western-style denim shirt is a perfect reimagining of the shirts worn yesteryear, complete with black stud fastenings, flapped chest pockets and faded patches in all the right places.
For true high-end fashion though, look no further than Spanish brand Loewe. Often regarded as one of the world's most luxurious brands, Loewe has been in business since 1846, also making it one of the oldest.
It may look just like any other denim shirt, but Loewe's interpretation of the menswear classic has subtle touches that prove why Loewe is so well regarded. Contrast tan stitching, a perfect hanging length and a shirttail hem. Not to mention it's made in Italy, so makes for a shirt of incredibly high-quality.