Style It Chic!: Denim Shirt 3 Ways

Photos: Alexa Chung photo,; Ashley Olsen photo, Scotty Wilson/;
D&G and Chloe runway photos, Marcio Madeira/; Drew Barrymore photo, source unknown; Charley 5.0 denim shirt/Kitson; “…the denim shirt”/Topshop. Style It Chic! Array by me.

Welcome to the first of my posts in the Style It Chic! series.  In this series I will be taking one item or trend and showing you how to emulate that look – for much, much less than what you might pay at retail.  I’d love to hear your feedback on what you think of this style of post!

The denim shirt trend is still lingering as we head into the next season – and I love it!  It’s been so long since light denim was “in” – and though I know I’m late hopping on this bandwagon, it’s amazing how versatile and chic this piece really is.  I thrifted my shirt (who am I to buy new???!) and altered it to fit me better and look more flattering – which is essential in pulling off this trend well.  (Tutorial coming tomorrow, chickees!!)

For now, here are 3 ways to wear the denim shirt:

1. Denim-on-Denim
denim workshirt
(Jeans: thrifted Gap.  Sunglasses: From the Buffalo Exchange.  Watch: Mio Classic Select Petite Watch.)

As seen on the Chloe Spring/Summer 2010 runways.  Shirt buttoned-up but worn loose, paired with jeans in a different hue.  Sporty watch and retro sunglasses.  Kind of 80’s, kind of Jay-Leno-cool (if that’s even possible??!) – it can look really masculine, so add some girly accessories and do that hair!  (I, of course, didn’t – and you can see that the look is pretty questionable on me. What Not To Do!  hehehe)

2. Cute Cowgirl
denim workshirt
(Belt: From Japan like 10 years ago.  Crinoline: Retro store in downtown Portland.  Ruffled Bloomers: Ebay seller rabbitangelfashion.  Boots: Colin Stuart Convertible Boot in Cordovan color)

D&G – style!  Fluffy, peasant-style skirt paired with the shirt (tucked in or tied, of course!) and brown suede or leather accessories.  Western never looked this good.

3. Layered Edgy
denim workshirt

(Chanel-style Tanktop: DIY [my quickie tutorial here]; Leggings: Forever 21.  Shoes: Charlotte Russe from awhile ago.)
Shirt worn open with cuffed sleeves.  Loose long tank, slick leggings, textural shoes.  An edgy outfit provides the perfect counterpoint to the rough-and-tumble feel of the shirt.

So how would you wear the denim shirt?  Is this a trend you’d prefer not to try?  Or are you embracing it to the fullest?


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