I’m an advocate of easy, simplistic dressing. That’s why I’ve put together a guide on how to look incredibly suave with only a handful of key pieces.

The ‘4 ITEMS SERIES’ aims to give you quick and affordable styling ideas for many different scenarios and will sometimes focus on a certain wardrobe category. This time it’s the shirt and in particular, the denim shirt.

Dress it up, dress it down, throw it on but never throw-away this is one item every man should have in his wardrobe.


AMI Paris Short Sleeve Shirt | Zara Pinstripe Trousers | WHISTLES Long Sleeve Top | Common Projects Low Tops 

This short sleeve option from AMI Paris is a great way to introduce the denim shirt into your wardrobe. Perfect for warm days when worn with simple chino’s and sneakers or, try layering up with a long sleeve t-shirt and pinstripe trousers for a Scandinavian-cum-American vibe.

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Portuguese Ganga Shirt | Topman Ltd Work Trousers | Topman Curve Peak Cap |
adidas Munchen Sneakers

For those lazy weekends, try teaming a lightweight denim shirt with a relaxed trouser and sneakers for carefree style. Keep the colour palette muted but fresh with olive green, caramel and oatmeal. The trick here is to appear put together in a really nonchalant way.



NN07 Shirt | Reiss Slim Fit Jeans | COS Boiled Wool Bomber | Grenson Brogue Sneakers

For some double denim is a don’t – for me, I say “double yes”. They key to nailing double denim is to ensure you are wearing varying shades of blue as not to look like you’re wearing a denim boiler suit! Here the look is casual yet polished and an emphasis is put on the textures in the garments. The button down collar is a smart take on the denim shirt, teamed with a faded wash pair of jeans and layered with a boiled wool jacket in cream to elevate the look. 


MANGO MAN Denim Shirt | ZARA Draped Tailored Joggers | ARKET Varsity Jacket |
Red Wing Boots

Finally we have a look that is suitable for winter walks in the park or for simply popping to the local in. The utilitarian inspired details on this denim shirt are perfect for that off-duty look. Team with an olive green varsity jacket for a bit of preppiness and ease, and wear with tailored joggers – the cut and fabric here makes all the difference to this look. Finish off the outfit with a pair of sturdy boots to see you through anything, from country fields to the city.

What did you think of the looks? Are you a denim shirt aficionado? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know and please follow me on Twitter & Instagram and subscribe to my YouTube channel!


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