In 1969 a writer for American Fabrics magazine declared, “Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young.” Since the 19th century, workers wore denim modestly for its durability and long lasting quality. Now, denim is seen in all shapes, sizes and forms—on the runway, on the streets and in class. Luckily, we attend American University where we can wear the the American staple to class if we add a few adjustments to modernize the retro look. Pay the past a tribute by topping the denim off with a classy vest or thin tie to go from casual to posh.
This is the ultimate outfit for a wardrobe transition from winter to spring. This Fashionisto pairs a light denim shirt from Urban Outfitters with a thick winter vest from Johnston & Murphy to protect against the harsh D.C. climate during these last days of winter. In addition, there are a few ways to match a chambray button-down with pants. One option is to wear fierce printed pants like this Fashionisto did. Since his denim is a staple item on its own, he added variety to the outfit with the army print Dockers. If you’re going for the low maintenance look, Chino pants also work with both light and dark denim. With caution, you could also double the denim and look even more bold. Just make sure to have enough tone contrast between the jean shirt and pants to look fashion-forward and not fashion-backward.
So as we can see, the denim button-down allows for versatility. Luckily, denim works with almost any look — don’t be afraid to add a scarf or beanie with denim. Also, by mixing and matching denim styles, you aren’t limited to wearing denim once every few months. I guarantee that with some creativity you can put that same denim shirt to use for more than one look!
Hint: Not ready to pack your long denim button-down away? Good news. As March is coming to an end, we can use our denim shirts as a light jacket over a tank top. Leave it unbuttoned over tight fitted pants and Timberlands and you’re golden.