Proof That A Denim Shirt Is The Most Versatile Summer-To-Fall Transition Piece In Your Closet

I wear denim shirts all year long, but the awkward-weather month of September is when I find myself wearing them most.
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I wear denim shirts all year long, but the awkward-weather month of September is when I find myself wearing them most.

Ahhh, September, a lovely month that’s so… hot? Still? Yes, it’s still quite warm out in many areas. The weather is not nearly as face-melting as a month ago, but we still have a little ways to go until those magical fall temperatures arrive.

The question then arises: What should I be wearing? Summer style is on its way out, and fall style is not quite here yet, so, transition pieces are key. 

Behold the only transition piece you need right now: a denim shirt.

If you’re like me (and millions of other people), denim is probably a staple in your wardrobe. It’s one of the only fabrics versatile enough to wear year-round, come sweat or snow. Denim shirts, however, have only been a character in my little wardrobe for the past couple of years. But just like their denim brother, jeans, they’re totally easy and versatile.

I wear denim shirts all year long, but the awkward-weather month of September is when I find myself wearing them most. They’re comfortable, not too thick, not too thin, and basically go with anything. Check out this (heavily filtered, mind you) photo of me from two Septembers ago, in literally the only outfit I wore for the whole month. 

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I have since invested in various, better-fitting denim tops and come up with a few different ways to style them. 

Denim on Denim

Denim on denim is one of my favorite combinations ever. You can wear it however you so choose, but my one rule to wearing this combo is to always be sure the break up the monotony of the outfit somehow.

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I like to pair my denim top with printed-denim bottoms just to keep things interesting. Two different washes of denim (think dark and light) also go really well together. And, throwing a pop of color into an all-denim outfit, be it by necklace, tank or shoes, keeps you form looking TOO denimy.  

Dressy Denim

When I think of denim, I usually picture casual outfits. But, by pairing a fancy fabric something with denim, it can totally dress it up. In the same way, denim can downplay an outfit to make it more look casual.

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I paired it here with my favorite tulle skirt. I love the look of tulle and denim together, and denim and lace, and denim and silk. The possibilities are endless. 

Layering with Denim

Denim shirts make great layering pieces. They work perfectly layered under sweaters or over simple tees. They also work super well under jumpsuits or dresses.

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Most of my summer dresses are sleeveless, so this is a great way to still get wear out of them in the cooler months that doesn’t involve covering them up with a big, chunky sweater. 

SHOP DENIM SHIRTS:

Clockwise: 1969 Chambray Boyfriend Shirt, $59.95 at Gap; Striped Denim Shirt, $59.99 at Mango; Black Denim Shirt, $54.99 at Mango; Cheap Monday Turn Denim Shirt, $79 at Urban Outfitters; Indigo Linen Ex-Boyfriend Shirt, $79.50 at Madewell.

Clockwise: 1969 Chambray Boyfriend Shirt, $59.95 at Gap; Striped Denim Shirt, $59.99 at Mango; Black Denim Shirt, $54.99 at Mango; Cheap Monday Turn Denim Shirt, $79 at Urban Outfitters; Indigo Linen Ex-Boyfriend Shirt, $79.50 at Madewell.

Do these looks work for you? How do y’all style denim shirts?