If there’s one thing that’s clear to those of you who read The Style Guide, it’s got to be the fact that your editorial team of one absolutely loves rugged men’s style essentials. Case in point: Today’s list of the best men’s denim shirts. Originating from real-life, rugged Western workwear and done first by companies like Levi’s, today’s denim shirts are a prime fall and winter style essential for guys who gravitate toward classic yet slightly edgy off-duty style. Made from cotton denim fabric, you can wear ’em across all four seasons — believe me. Some classic men’s denim shirts go full-on Western, with details like authentic stitching and front-button chest pockets. Other shirts, like the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim — sitting near the top of this list — feature a modern fit and fewer authentic style details, yet plenty of versatility either way. Rest assured, your new favorite denim shirt is wearable with everything from black denim to burgundy corduroys this fall and winter. Just add stylish leather boots, and you’re set. Read on to see the full list below, and leave your feedback in the comments section or on Twitter.
#1. Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt — $69.50
Perhaps you think of something like the Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt when you think of the classic denim shirt. After all, Levi’s brought the style into vogue for tough, hard-working fellas long before the slim denim shirt was a style staple the world over. With multiple washes available — the Red Cast Rinse wash just might be the most classic — the Barstow Western Shirt features Western flap pockets & stitching. Wear it with black denim for rock concert-ready style, or team the Barstow Western Shirt with your favorite fall blazer for a bit of edgy style on the daily grind.
#2. Taylor Stitch The Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim — $98
Want a denim shirt that’s a little bit more modern than a Western-style denim shirt? Well … you want the Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim from Taylor Stitch, my friend. Featuring the tailored fit and quality construction for which the brand is known, the Jack Shirt is easily wearable with other staples already hanging in your closet, from grey selvedge denim to olive chinos and a rugged crewneck sweatshirt. Made from long staple cotton that gets better with every wear, the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is the denim shirt you didn’t know you needed.
#4. Taylor Stitch The Utility Shirt in Heavy Slub Denim — $148
When it comes to rugged men’s shirting, Taylor Stitch — and by extension, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt — simply fill that void in terms of the perfect denim shirt. Made with, well, utility and functionality in mind, this 11oz. cotton-silk shirt is at once heavyweight and yet easy to wear. Simply layer the Utility Shirt over a Taylor Stitch striped henley, then add olive chinos and classic suede chukkas for unbeatable weekend style. Ultimately, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is made for work — real, live work — or play (an evening at your favorite brewpub).
#5. Roark Revival Murman Woven Shirt in Heather Indigo — $84.98
Well, well, well … what do we have here? A quilted shirt jacket that’s actually … made out of cotton? Easy to layer with one of the best men’s T-shirts or with a rugged men’s henley? Yes my friends, the Roark Revival Murman Woven Shirt captures the best of both worlds, featuring a cool deep blue fabric and the type of design you know and love. In the case of the Murman Shirt, that means chest flap pockets and again, that crucial layering potential. It’s different than your typical denim shirt, and that’s good enough for a spot in your closet.
Alright, folks — which of the above stylish men’s denim shirts will you be buying? As you can see, there’s versatility aplenty when it comes to the right denim shirt for you, from a classic Western denim shirt from Levi’s to a durable shirt jacket from Roark Revival. And as for me? I love a casual-yet-classic denim shirt like the Jack Shirt in Sea Washed Denim from Taylor Stitch. In fact, the right denim shirt can work with everything from slim black denim — yes, denim-on-denim flies — or grey chinos … or burgundy corduroys. You get the idea, right? With durable fabric and easygoing style potential, the BANKS West Long Sleeve Shirt is a similarly versatile denim shirt for fall and winter. And before we forget, the Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt is another winner from the brand, crafted from a unique and long-lasting denim blend. If you ask me, that quality, top-notch design approach is what you need in your new favorite denim shirt. Feel free to chime in on the below picks or ask questions in the comments. With that being said, let’s grab a denim shirt, layer up and get out there for fall and winter!
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