There are few wardrobe staples I love more than a denim shirt. It’s as versatile as they come, and a must-have in any capsule wardrobe. Below I show you how to style a basic denim shirt five different ways. The key to having a limited wardrobe is wearing it wisely and making every piece work as hard for you as possible. Creativity is key!

Here are the 4 items I used to create 5 outfits:

Clothing Items

I went with a tunic-length denim shirt from H&M’s Conscious line of sustainable clothing because I’m making a strong effort to minimize my impact on the environment, especially when it comes to fashion. I am in love with this top AND it’s affordable price at under $30! It’s made of a soft, washed Tencel lyocell blend that is super soft and easy to manipulate. You can shop it here.



Jean Shirt_Knotted

A major benefit to a tunic-length denim shirt is the ability to tie it up in the front. With shorter versions you are often limited to tucking it in or wearing it loose. This one gave me a full tie that added a really fun twist.

I don’t know about you, but I always have trouble getting button down shirts to stay tied in the front for long periods of time, unless they were specifically made to be worn that way. If anyone has found a trick that works, please (pretty please) share!!!


Jean Shirt_Long

The easiest and most obvious way to wear this top is long and loose. I prefer to leave the bottom button or two unbuttoned so I have more freedom to move around and sit on the floor with my little ones as needed.


Jean Shirt_Open

Jean Shirt_Open2

Since this is a longer denim top, I think it works equally well as a cardigan! There are all kinds of directions you could go with the base layer (crew vs. v-neck, basic vs. lacy) so the possibilities here are pretty endless.



For petite gals like me (I’m 5’2″) this shirt can double as a dress. It’s a little longer in the back, which you can’t see here, providing a little more coverage for the backside 😉 Pair it with a pair of black tights and a scarf as the weather cool down.


Jean Shirt_Tucked

And the most traditional approach: tucked in! Even with the extra fabric this style works well. I could also see a chunky cardigan layered over top.

Which look is your favorite? Any others not included here?



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