How to Wear a Denim Shirt (And Not Look Like Your Dad)

Your denim shirt style inspiration is here … 

How to wear a denim shirt

The denim shirt is a menswear essential and a must-have in every guy’s wardrobe.

They are timeless, simple, classic and highly versatile. You can dress them up, dress them down and even use them to create a great layered look.

This menswear staple was once seen as a cowboy shirt primarily worn by cowboys and old men. Today, they are back in style. And, I’ll be showing you different ways you can style a denim shirt and how to wear them fashionably without looking like your Old Man.

But first, you need to understand some basics…



You can wear it on a casual Friday at the office, incorporate it in a casual relaxed look on a typical weekend outing to the bar or to the beach or even rock it with a knit tie and jeans for that super business casual look.

And, yes!… you can even pair it with a suit – but it takes finesse so I wouldn’t recommend it to fashion newbies.



It comes in different colors – the basic colors are navy, black and blue. And, these colors come in several different washes – such as the light wash, medium wash, and dark wash.

It also comes in different styles – short sleeve, long sleeve, button down collars (which is downright casual) and spread collar types (which is certainly the go-to option when you want to dress up your denim shirt with suit & tie).



You can wear your denim top with any bottom you like (such as jeans, chinos, shorts, dress pants, khakis, corduroys, and any other casual pants) and it’s still going to stand out and look classy. Wear a ripped jeans with your denim shirt, to give it that super sophisticated yet laid-back casual look.

However, one key rule to take note of when wearing a denim shirt is…

Do not pair a denim top and a denim bottom of the same shade or wash. When pairing a denim shirt on denim pants (such as jeans), ensure there is enough contrast.

Now, to help you style your denim look I’ve rounded up some cool denim shirt style looks with photos.



I encourage you to take these examples and create your own style. If you’re new to wearing denim shirts, just stick to the basics, for now.

When you are comfortable with pulling off the basic looks, then work yourself up to other advanced looks such as wearing them with a tie, suit, blazer and jackets.

Also Read: Casual Outfit Style Ideas For Men: 25 Looks to Try


Denim Shirt Style #1: Layered and left open


Look #2: Denim Shirt On Tie



Denim Shirt Style #3: Denim Shirt on Shorts

Also Check Out: Men’s Shorts Style Guide | How To Wear Shorts The Right Way


Look #4: Denim Shirt with Jeans

Look #5: Denim Shirt with Chinos & Corduroys


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Yours in Style,

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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

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