THE Denim Shirt

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If you could own a garment that had an ease about it, that owned an attractive androgynous quality, disregarded trends, transcended time in its ever-classic yet ever-modern aesthetic, and could be worn in a variety of settings, would you buy it?

Let me answer that for you; first with a series of pictures and then we'll really dig in.

Showcasing a variety of denim shirt incorporations: Lily Donaldson, Ashley Madekwe, and Olivia Palermo

Showcasing a variety of denim shirt incorporations: Lily Donaldson, Ashley Madekwe, and Olivia Palermo

The denim shirt is an example of a staple piece that belongs in your closet for its versatility and its inherent coolness which, if your style is laid-back-leaning, further enhances the carefree quality in your mode of dress.

Model, Lily Donaldson deploys the denim button down as a light layer over a basic top, skinny jeans, and short suede boots resulting in a sort of modern beatnik look made complete with simple metallic jewelry and a pork pie hat. Actress, Ashley Madekwe takes a more feminine approach to this reinvigorated trend by tucking it into a pleated skirt and accessorizing with a skinny belt, peep toe Mary Jane wedges, and an expertly curated stack of bracelets on each wrist. Socialite and fashion guru, Olivia Palermo dons a great rendition of the Canadian Tuxedo. From top to bottom she's a vision in denim with medium wash, skinny, distressed jeans and a lighter colored button down which coordinates beautifully with her fun blue mirror lens shades. The neon lime camo-printed loafers are an unexpected yet totally awesome addition which clearly elevate this denim-on-denim style somewhere way up high into the fashion stratosphere.

What's great about this particular top is that us mere mortals have easy access to it and that it's as practical as a blazer, trench coat, or chic pair of flats. Plus, a denim shirt can take you nearly anywhere you want to go in the sense that it'll morph to suit your look without you having to force it.

Preppy: Add it to a pair of chino shorts and accessorize with ballet flats, a skinny patent leather belt in a bright color, and dainty jewelry for a dandy effect.

Borrowed From The Boys: When buttoned all the way up, sleeves cuffed, and worn with skinny black pants and brogues, the denim shirt can bring you into minimalist/menswear territory. Dare to go sans jewelry, other than studs and a watch perhaps, and you'll be the example of understated cool.

Girlish & Flirty: Tuck the shirt into a lace, pleated, or printed skirt, then finish the look with neutral leather heeled sandals and bold earrings.

Retro Flair: Tie the shirt at your waist and pull on a pair of high waisted or wide leg pants. Furnish with wedges and an upturned collar.

We're denim fanatics at SINGER22 and our favorite denim shirt of the ones we carry is this guy – Current/Elliott's Perfect Shirt in Miner. Perfectly faded and accented with traditional brass tone buttons, this piece will breathe new life into the rest of your wardrobe tempting you to add it any which way you can to your next outfit.

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