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The Best Denim Shirt for Men and Women This Fall 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - December 18, 2021

A good denim shirt is an essential part of any wardrobe, regardless of gender, age, size, or style. The versatile piece can be dressed up for work, dressed down on the weekends, and mixed-and-matched with almost any t-shirt, dress, and pants in your closet. Plus, the timeless collared silhouette means they'll always be on-trend.

So to help you find your new favorite wardrobe staple, we've rounded up the best denim shirts for men and women this fall. We've got something in every fit, wash, and style out there to ensure there's something for every wardrobe.

Needless to say, they're the kind of shirts you'll keep forever.

The Best Men's Denim Shirts

Polo Ralph Lauren Denim Button-Down Shirt

Few brands are more iconic than Polo Ralph Lauren. The timeless American brand is known for its preppy aesthetic, high-quality fabrics, and exceptional fits. So if you're looking for a versatile denim shirt that will never go out of style, check out this Polo Ralph Lauren Denim Button-Down Shirt.

The workwear-inspired button-down is cut from rich dark wash denim with a classic pointed collar and long sleeves with buttoned barrel cuffs. A split back yoke on the back has a box pleat for a more comfortable fit. Ralph Lauren's signature pony emblem embroidered on the left chest adds the perfect finishing touch.

Nanushka Avery Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt

This versatile Avery Short-Sleeve Denim Shirt from Nanushka offers a casual take on a classic denim button-up. The oversized fit and vintage-inspired light wash channel the spirit of the Nineties while sleek lines and a sharp collared neckline feel totally modern. It's made in Portugal from organic cotton that ages beautifully over years and years of wear.

Everlane The Denim Popover Shirt

The Denim Popover Shirt from Everlane puts a modern (and sustainable) spin on a traditional chambray shirt. It's made from 100% organic cotton in a timeless light wash that can easily be dressed up or down. The slim-fit and oxford collar make ideal for layering under blazers, pullover sweaters, and winter jackets. A partial button front and patch pocket on the chest add just the right size dose of style to this versatile basic.

J.Crew Midweight Denim Work Shirt

J.Crew's Midweight Denim Work Shirt draws inspiration from traditional workwear styles. Instead of synthetic chemicals, it's dyed with real indigo that fades gently overtime for a lived-in look that gets better with every wear. The pointed collar and traditional button-up detailing on the center front and long sleeves perfectly balance the casual feel of the buttoned patch front pockets and relaxed fit.

Zadig & Voltaire Denim Shirt Jacket

While it's a bit of an investment, Zadig & Voltaire Denim Shirt Jacket offers plenty of bang for your buck. The heavyweight cotton fabric and relaxed fit mean it can be worn as both a shirt or a jacket. It's great for layering with graphic tees and lightweight sweaters throughout the fall and winter. The heavyweight cotton material only gets better and better with every wear.

Levi's Premium Barstow Western Denim Shirt

Channel your inner cowboy in Levi's Premium Barstow Western Denim Shirt. It's designed with classic Western Wear details like yokes and enamel snaps that add that little extra something. The light-washed rinsed indigo denim gives off a lived-in look achieved by years on the ranch. Cowboy boots are optional but makes sense.

Ermenegildo Zegna Men's Denim Work Shirt

Ermenegildo Zegna shirts are prized for their high-quality fabrics and superior craftsmanship. The Italian label's Denim Work Shirt is cut from high-quality, 100% cotton, light wash denim. Contrasting white buttons along the button front, sleeve cuffs, and two patch pockets on the chest adds the perfect finishing touch. While it's great for the office, you'll find yourself wearing it just as often on the weekends.

The Best Women's Denim Shirts

Rag & Bone Oversized Denim Button-Down Shirt

Rag & Bone is known for having some of the best denim fabrics around, and their Oversized Denim Button-Down Shirt is no exception. The wardrobe staple is made with a blend of linen and Japanese denim, which is prized for its superior quality and durability. Dropped shoulders and an oversized fit bring a laid-back feel that's perfect for everyday wear. A chest patch pocket adds style and offers a handy place to tuck your phone, wallet, or face mask while you're on the go.

Levi's The Ultimate Western Cotton Denim Shirt

Looking for something with a Western feel? Levi's Ultimate Western Cotton Denim Shirt draws inspiration from Western Wear without feeling too literal. Pointed seams along the yoke front and chest pockets feel authentic and effortlessly stylish. The timeless wardrobe staple comes in a sleek dark wash, vintage-inspired light wash, and grungy black denim.

We The Free Patchwork Dreams Shirt

You're guaranteed to turn heads in this Patchwork Dreams Shirt from Free People's in-house label, We The Free. The patchwork denim shirt boasts a button-down collar, button front closure, and fraying detail throughout. Style it with basic black jeans and a white tee, throw it on over an LBD, or go bold in a Canadian Tuxedo look. The beauty of its multi-wash print is that it can be paired with any shade of denim.

Jonathan Simkhai Standard Ryder Denim Pleated-Sleeve Shirt

This effortlessly chic Jonathan Simkhai Standard Ryder Denim Shirt makes the perfect addition to any casual wardrobe. Its pleated sleeves create a scrunched effect as if you'd pushed up your sleeves— only these will actually stay put! The whiskered mid-wash denim looks and feels like your favorite lived-in vintage piece. Style it with your go-to white tank or tee for an easy casual outfit.

Lucky Brand Double Pocket Denim Shirt

Lucky Brand knows a thing or two about denim. The vintage-inspired brand is known for having some of the best denim fabrics around, all at an affordable price. This Double Pocket Denim shirt is versatile and easy to style. It's incredibly comfortable too, thanks to a relaxed fit and lightweight, ultra-soft cotton chambray fabric.

Versace Logo Denim Shirt Jacket

If there's one designer denim shirt worth splurging on this season, it's Versace's effortlessly chic Logo Denim Shirt Jacket. The heavyweight denim shirt boasts an oversized Versace logo on the front and the house's swirling Greca print along the back and down the sleeves. A classic point collar, button front, yoked back, and shirttail hem bring a timeless feel to the trendsetting style. Needless to say, it's the kind of designer grail you'll wear forever.

Madewell Denim Button-Up Shirt

When it comes to denim shirts, few washes are more versatile than basic black. Unlike most denim shirts, you can pair this black Denim Button-Up Shirt from Madewell with any color of trousers and wash of jeans. Its classic collared neckline and relaxed silhouette make it easy to dress up for work too. Consider it your new go-to!

J.Crew Classic-Fit Popover Chambray Shirt

J.Crew's Classic-Fit Popover Chambray Shirt is the ultimate everyday button-up. It's been carefully fit-tested for the perfect fit on bodies of all shapes and sizes— including petite and tall. The light wash cotton chambray fabric is lightweight, breathable, and designed to last through years of wear. Plus, it can be monogrammed for a personalized touch.

Levi's Jicima Cotton Denim Tunic

Aiming for an oversized fit? This Levi's Jicima Cotton Denim Tunic is just the denim shirt you're looking for. The relaxed fit and added length give off an oversized look without swallowing you the way some men's denim shirts can. Consider it the perfect shirt to pair with leggings and yoga pants this winter.


About the author

Emily Konatella

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.

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