Dennis Hopper, Paul Newman and Marvin Gaye: Are You Ready to Join the Ranks of the Most Iconic Denim Shirt Men? These people understood that the right denim shirt not only makes you look sturdy and handsome and confident, it also solves virtually every wardrobe-related dilemma that comes your way. For example:
Do you have your sixth wedding of the summer ahead of you and have come out of the shirt and tie combinations you like? Throw a denim shirt into the mix and your tired cotton suit is suddenly charged with gruff sex appeal.
Hacked wildly patterned pants on a whim and now worried that you can’t take them off? A classically pretty denim shirt locks you in and compensates for the maneuverability.
Do you want to look good on the weekend but too lazy to really think about it? Denim shirt, white t-shirt, black jeans, can’t lose.
Are you giving an important presentation at work when your pants embarrassingly split on the seat? Okay, a denim shirt probably can’t help you there. Then ask yourself the second question: what is my tailor’s phone number?
So yes: denim shirts are useful. As if having a sibling who is a contractor would be useful. The two most useful types of denim shirts are button-down and western shirts, which you will likely need in a medium to light wash for maximum versatility. Here are 17 perfect denim shirts to help you tie your fits together properly.
The gold standard denim shirt
Levi’s “Barstow” western shirt
They knew it was coming. After more than 160 years, it’s hard to imagine anyone coming to Levi’s crown. The first name in jeans still makes one of the best western shirts you will ever find: the fit is just right for layering, the details are on point, and the fabric of this particular version is made sustainably, using much less water than normal denim is used. Add on a super affordable price of $ 70 and you have a closet to last.
The best 90s denim shirt
Martine Rose “Yalta” denim shirt in indigo stripes
If you took every denim shirt Zack Morris ever wore at Saved by the Bell and tossed it in a blender, this would be the result. It’s relaxed enough to wear as an overshirt with a hoodie or sweater, but it also looks amazing once you go for a full Zack Attack and slip it into your jeans (which also happens to be tucked into your Converse ERX 260s) ). The denim is heavily dipped in a super-light shade, with printed stripes serving as time machine fuel, throwing this thing back to 1991.
The OG Western Shirt
Rockmount denim floral western embroidered cowboy shirt
You know the mother-of-pearl-colored snaps on the front of every yeehaw-ready western shirt you’ve ever worn? You can thank Rockmount Ranch Wear for them. The Denver outfitter’s original long-sleeved sleeves donned everyone from Bob Dylan (no less during his President’s Medal of Freedom ceremony, no less) to the entire Brokeback Mountain cast. The label also does a fair share of frill-free denim numbers, but elaborate embroidery is part of Rockmount’s essential DNA. So if you want to give it a try, why not really?
The best fitting denim work shirt
Dickies “Paincourtville” denim shirt
Whether you know Dickies from the boys at the construction yard or from your local skate park, you know their gear is built to take a hit. This seriously tough denim shirt is no exception. Although it comes from the lifestyle sub-label of Workwear OG, it is still packed with durable details like reinforced elbows and beard stacks. The pure cotton denim twill comes in an almost raw, dark rinse so you can really focus on fading it yourself.
The East-Meets-West-Meets-Food denim shirt
Capital “Sukiyaki” western shirt
Food photos on Instagram: annoying, right? Food-inspired shirts? Bangin ‘like hell Hiro Kirata from Kapital named this grail after the famous Japanese hot pot dish, which makes sense: the “Sukiyaki” shirt clearly throws American elements and traditional Japanese spices into the same pot. The result is a perfect mix of cowboy shirt and kimono that is held together with enough snaps to hold two shirts.
The A-List denim shirt
Brunello Cucinelli Western Chambray Denim Button-Down Shirt
Have you ever seen paparazzi snaps of guys like Brad Pitt or Ryan Gosling and wondered how their apparently normal clothes always look so damn crisp and flawless? For starters, they look way, much better than you. That tends to help. But the good genetics extend to their closets too: people like that can afford shirts like this, designed by Italian tailor god Brunello Cucinelli to make everyone – even mortals like you – look and feel like a matinee idol. The chambray is the ideal weight – light enough to be comfortable, thick enough to have some structure – and the cut is slim and sharp like a shirt, which means you can wear it in a suit or rolled up and wrinkled with chinos can, and it will never radiate perfectly imperfect movie star cool.
The office-ready denim shirt
Abercrombie & Fitch denim shirt with buttons
$ 69$ 35
Abercrombie & Fitch
Thanks to the Midas touch from designer Aaron Levine, Abercrombie is suddenly a treasure trove of upscale, wallet-friendly items. The newly launched A&F are already making some of our most popular affordable jeans and rugby shirts, and now you can add this shirt to the list. It has the same silhouette and button-down collar as your Oxford shirt and is just jazzed up with hard washed denim to add a little more texture and character to all of your office looks. Another big win for the elk.
10 more denim shirts we like
AG “Benning” Utility Shirt
Heavy workwear mood with strong denim, robust construction and perfectly worn wash.
Red Cape Deluxe men’s denim shirt
A tough workhorse of a denim shirt.
J.Crew slim stretch chambray shirt made of organic cotton
Okay, technically this isn’t denim. However, if you are looking for something more suited to warm climates, this slim-fitting chambray is a great option.
RRL indigo denim work shirt
All the details of a workwear grail, like triple needle stitching, cat-eye buttons, hand pain and Japanese denim.
Warehouse “Longhorn” denim shirt
For the hardcore DIY denim heads.
or slow button-down denim shirt
Dennis Quaid on The Parent Trap type beat.
Our Legacy “New Frontier” shirt
The relaxed shirt of choice for off duty cowboys.
Oversized denim shirt by Bianca Saunders
A more sculptural version of the denim shirt.
Black denim shirt by Lemaire
The bigger the shirt, the bigger the fit.
Visvim “Lumber” distressed denim shirt
Subtle distress in a cropped vintage silhouette.