This year’s current crop of the best men’s denim shirts is made for pursuits a bit less rugged than panning for gold or wrangling cows, they can still hold up on a sedate horseback ride or weekend in the country. From iterations by iconic brands like Levi’s to designer takes on the best men’s denim shirts by homegrown companies like Todd Snyder and Billy Reid, there’s a denim shirt for everyone.
The tough nature of the shirt also makes it ideal for winter layering, be it beneath a cozy cardigan or atop your favorite tee. The choice is yours, but it’s got to start by picking up one of the best men’s denim shirts.
Todd Snyder never lets us down when it comes to timeless, refined-yet-rugged menswear essentials. This list is helmed by TS’s richly crafted indigo denim workshirt. We recommend you wear it over one of the American designer’s expertly cut T-shirts as you head to a concert or show.
The same qualities that make Levi’s jeans so timeless and irresistible are the same ones that make this denim shirt so easy to style. Wear it over a thermal henley, then top that combo with a cashmere cardigan and tan canvas trousers. Weekend style? Sorted.
Take things up a notch when another standout denim shirt from a standout American brand. The Billy Reid Denim Shirt is easily one of the best men’s denim shirts we’ve seen … possibly ever? We love the light wash (a unique way to stand out during the doldrums of winter), plus the antique brass snaps. Wear this denim shirt with a tan herringbone blazer and charcoal trousers to the office.
You’re really getting the best of both worlds with this edgy-yet-classic denim shirt. The Western detailing makes it stand out nicely from the pack when it comes to other denim shirts, and the stonewash denim finish really is just plain cool. With premium bone buttons and a slim fit, we know you’re going to enjoy wearing this shirt from now (atop a cotton henley) on into spring (layered over a graphic tee).
Available for a downright steal when on sale, this sharp denim shirt is made from warm cotton flannel. It’s the perfect layer over a slim grey henley or beneath a rugged shawl cardigan.
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