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Best Denim Shirts for Ladies and How to Style

I’ve always loved a great denim shirt. They’re versatile, comfortable, and have an undeniably cool vibe that works for my casual lifestyle. Its fabric can vary from a soft chambray to a stiffer fabric with contrast stitching, like your favorite pair of jeans. Styles can range from classic to feminine with ruffle details and a pattern. The right denim shirt can be styled in countless ways and is a great basic to have in your wardrobe. Today, I’m sharing some of the best denim shirts for ladies and tips on how to style them.

woman with denim shirt collar up

Ways to Style a Denim Shirt

Over a Column of White

SIMILAR DENIM SHIRT/ CHICO’S WHITE TANK / SIMILAR JEGGINGS / PLATFORM SNEAKERS

I often pair a denim shirt over a column of white. It’s an effortless way to achieve a fresh look that exudes summer vibes. The combination of a crisp white tank or tee, paired with white pants or shorts, creates a clean canvas that allows the denim shirt to take center stage.

Denim on Denim

TIME AND TRU BUTTON DOWN CAMP SHIRT / TIME AND TRUE DOUBLE ROLLED CUFF DENIM SHORTS / TIME AND TRU SCRUNCH BACK SLIP-ON SNEAKERS

Denim on denim is perhaps my favorite way to wear my denim shirts. The key is to vary the washes to create visual interest. I’ve also been known to wear three denim washes in a single outfit… so the Canadian Tuxedo is alive and thriving in my wardrobe.

CHAMBRAY SHIRT size M / SIMILAR WOVEN BELT / SIMILAR CUFFED JEANS / SNEAKERS

Play with different washes and shades to add dimension and interest to your outfit. Dark indigo with a pale wash or even black denim makes an interesting combination. Try soft denim with structured and toss in some distressing if that’s your vibe. Try a fitted denim shirt with loose, wide-leg jeans. Experiment until you find what combination you like because there is no right or wrong way to pair them.

J.CREW FACTORY CHAMBRAY SHIRT size M / TALBOTS HIGH-WAIST RELAXED JEANS size 4 (I sized down) RECYCLED KNIT BOOTIES / SLING BAG / CHUBBY EARRINGS / SUNGLASSES (I HAD MY RX PUT IN THIS FRAME)

Elevate a double-denim outfit with your favorite accessories. A suede belt or strand of chunky pearls is unexpected and adds polish to a denim outfit. Statement earrings and/or a silk scarf are personal favorites with my denim shirts.

THIS YEARS VERSION OF MY DENIM SHIRT / THIS YEARS VERSION LINEN BLAZER

I matched my denim washes in the above look, giving me a column of color effect under a white linen blazer. This outfit is head-to-toe Talbots, which they duplicate year after year with small tweaks to the style.

Paired with Chinos and White Sneakers

OUTFIT DETAILS

Pair your denim or chambray shirt with colored chinos, white sneakers, and woven accessories. I added some simple pearl studs and a coordinating tee. Unbutton a few of the denim shirt buttons and tie it at the waist, or tuck in and let the tee peek through.

Tied Over a Skirt or Dress

OUTFIT DETAILS

RAILS CHAMBRAY SHIRT size M – CONVERTIBLE TRAVEL BAG

I also love the juxtaposition of a denim shirt with a long, flowy skirt. It adds a casual vibe to what could otherwise be a more formal look. You can pay a small fortune for a denim shirt, but you certainly don’t have to. Here are some great denim shirts at varying price points:

The Best Denim Shirts for Ladies

Best Denim Lookalike: Chico’s No Iron™ Linen 3/4 Sleeve Shirt

This one isn’t technically a denim shirt, but it’s still making my list of top denim shirts for ladies. Denim is traditionally made from 100% cotton, and this top from Chico’s is 100% linen. Linen is hands-down my favorite fabric for warm weather, and it just so happens that this is a wrinkle-free, no-iron top. This means you get the look of a denim top with all the benefits of linen without the hassle of any ironing.

Best Short Sleeve Denim Shirt: Caslon Chambray Camp Shirt

I’m a big fan of camp shirts like this chambray version from Caslon. They’re perfect for those relaxed days when I want to feel comfortable yet put together. The short sleeves make them ideal for warmer weather.

Best Light Wash Denim Shirt: J.Crew Factory Signature Fit Chambray

I have owned this shirt for several years, and it just keeps getting better with every wash. It’s a major player in my capsule wardrobe because it mixes and matches so well with all of my other pieces.

Best Dark Wash Denim Shirt: J. Jill One-Pocket Button-Front Shirt

A darker denim wash tends to look more polished than a washed-out, faded denim. Whether you’re running errands or meeting friends for coffee, this J. Jill One-Pocket Button-Front Shirt strikes the ideal balance between casual and sophisticated.

Most Affordable Denim Shirt: Time & Tru Camp Shirt

If you’re shopping for a denim shirt on a budget, then I highly recommend this one! I personally own this top that’s under $20, and I love it! You can see me wearing this shirt and others from Walmart in this post.

Best Sleeveless Denim Shirt: J.Crew Factory Sleeveless Chambray Top

If you live in a warm climate with hot summer days, you’ll appreciate this sleeveless denim option from J.Crew Factory. It gets phenomenal reviews, and it would layer nicely under a third layer without bulk or fear of the sleeves bunching up.

Best Popover Denim Shirt: Tuckernuck Chambray Flutter Sleeve Top

Not a fan of button-front shirts? You can still enjoy wearing a denim shirt by looking for a popover style like this feminine one from Tuckernuck.

This denim shirt has a ruffle detail at the neckline, which adds a touch of femininity to the look.

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Are you a fan of denim shirts? Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident. 

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