How To Wear Denim Shirts

by Emily Fitzgibbons
Denim shirt outfit ideas

From light to dark, slim fit to distressed, denim shirts come in many different cuts, colours and styles, and there is something out there for everyone. No wonder the denim shirts fashion has become an increasingly popular choice over recent years. Denim shirts for women are easy to slip on and button up, and can be styled casually for running errands in the day or dressed up with a skirt, heels and a blazer for the evening. The jean shirt is also fabulously versatile and the ideal transitional piece from season to season – meaning that whatever the weather, you can wear this shirt of choice.

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How to Wear Denim Shirts – 10 Cute Ways

Wondering what to wear with a denim shirt or chambray blouse? There are many ways to wear denim shirts – here are a few of our favourite outfits with denim shirts:

1. Denim on Denim

Don’t worry about wearing more than one denim piece of clothing at a time – all true fashionistas rock this look!


PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest. Shirt: Asos, Shoes: Office, Jeans: Karen Millen

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2. Blue Denim Shirts

Many people shy away from blue and black paired together but, in reality, a denim shirt black pants combo is a good way to go. Team your jean shirt with black accessories such as shoes and a bag, as this will really help the denim to stand out.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest. Shirt: Zara, Trousers: Hobbs

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3. Black Denim Shirts

If you want to go for something less typical and slightly more edgy, then dark denim shirts are the way to go.

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PHOTO CREDIT (Left to right): Asos, Topshop, Levi’s

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4. Coloured Denim Shirts

Be bold and brave with a coloured denim shirt; just stick to a plain bottom to ensure that you don’t go too over the top. White denim shirts also fall under this category. They look great in the summer with shorts to enhance your tan.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest. Shirts: Asos, JD Williams

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5. Denim Shirts in the Summer

In the summer months, you can get away with wearing your denim shirt unbuttoned slightly, or open fully with a tank top underneath to act as more of a light weight jacket. Denim short sleeve shirts are also a good bet for summer, for obvious, cool and breezy reasons.

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6. Denim Shirts in the Winter

Unsurprisingly, layering is the key to wearing a denim shirt in the winter. Wear under a thick cable knit jumper with some warm trousers and a pair of fashionable over-the-knee boots and you are set to take on the chilly weather. A top tip for this look is to find a shirt with an embellished collar so it adds some detail when it’s visible over the jumper.

winter denim shirts jumper jeans boots

PHOTO CREDIT: Boots: Next, Jumper: Ralph Lauren, Shirt: Asos, Jeans: Karen Millen

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7. Daytime Denim Shirts

For a look that suits the daytime, opt for a looser-fit shirt, as this is more chilled and relaxed. This, teamed with a pair of skinny jeans, an over the shoulder bag and a pair of trainers sets you up for running any errand with suitability, sensibility and style.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Shirt: All Saints, Jeans: Warehouse, Trainers: Nike, Bag: H&M

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8. Denim Shirts in the Evening

Whether you are heading out for a date night or for dinner with the girls, you can still wear your favourite denim shirt. For a flattering evening look, glam up a denim shirt by tucking it into a leather pencil skirt, and adding heels and a statement necklace or pair of earrings.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest. Skirt: River Island, Necklace: Swarovski, Shoes: Reiss, Shirt: Oasis

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9. Patterned Denim Shirts

What better way than a pattern or logo to help show off your personality whilst still looking and feeling fabulous? The best thing about patterned denim shirt looks is that you can go as subtle (or not) as you like!

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PHOTO CREDIT (Left to right): Mango, River Island, Topshop

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10. Slim Fitting Denim Shirts

Slim fitting denim shirts can be super flattering, cinching you in and showing off your curves – ideal for women of all different shapes and sizes.

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What to Wear With a Denim Shirt

You can pull together many different outfits with denim shirts – the choices are endless. Here are a few for inspiration:

Denim Shirts with Jeans

Don’t be afraid to wear your denim shirt with your favourite pair of jeans. Doubling up on denim is a huge trend, and what could be more comfortable?

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PHOTO CREDIT: Shirt: New Look, Jeans: Ted Baker

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Denim Shirts with Dresses

Wear a denim shirt under a pinafore dress to create an old-school look that still hits high in the style stakes.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest. Shirt: Mango, Pinafore: Asos

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Denim Shirts with Skirts

Almost all skirts look great with women’s chambray shirts – we’d suggest rocking this look in the summer tucked into a white mini skirt to show your bare, bronzed pins. Lace up detailing is also bang on trend too.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Shirt: Asos, Skirt: Zara

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Denim Shirts on the Beach

Denim shirts that incorporate floral patterns or some form of glitter thread or sequin give off a festival vibe and therefore are extremely summery – perfect for spending some time at the beach. Buy one of these in a couple of sizes bigger than usual and they can be worn open over a bikini in place of a traditional kimono or buttoned up as a lightweight cover up.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest. Shirt (left): Topshop, Shirt (right): Oasis

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Denim Shirt Dresses

Denim shirts and dresses all rolled into one. What could be better?

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PHOTO CREDIT (Left to right): Boden, Zara, Dorothy Perkins

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Best Denim Shirts (Women): Our Top Picks for You

Looking for a women’s denim shirt? We’ve picked out some of the best denim shirts in fashion at the moment so you can subscribe to this fabulous look.

Lowest Priced Denim Shirts

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PHOTO CREDIT (Left to right): Matalan, Romwe, H&M, New Look

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Most Exclusive Denim Shirts

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PHOTO CREDIT (Left to right): Levi’s, Hollister, All Saints

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Best Casual Denim Shirt Options


PHOTO CREDIT (Left to right): Boohoo, Missguided, Zara

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Best Embellished Denim Shirt Options for an Occasion

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How to Wear A Denim Shirt

  • Worried what pants to wear with denim shirt? Don’t be! Dig out your favourite pair of jeans and do the denim on denim thing – just mix up the shades and denim weights to keep it on trend.
  • Loosen a few buttons in the summer months for a cool (in more ways than one) look.
  • In the winter, stock up on some heavier weight denim shirts to wear with leggings and boots.
  • Wear a slim fitting denim shirt tucked into high-waisted bottoms to really show off your figure.
  • They can be dressed up or down with different every day wardrobe staples to be seasonally relevant.

Once upon a time, throwing the word denim at anyone over the age of 25 used to be a horrifying thing. But now? Fashion is changing and denim is for anyone: any age, any body type, any size – and you should embrace it!

Read more great articles on women’s fashion here at alexie.co.

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