LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Blue Collar

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Denim is a material that is ingrained in the very core of menswear. From jeans to jackets and everything in between, this practical fabric carries through our wardrobes season after season, rain or shine and will continue to do so for years to come. It is not only denim’s durability that keeps this fabric on fashion’s forefront but also its versatility, and denim’s unsurpassed wearability has helped this classic fabric rise through the sartorial ranks.

Denim jackets and pants may steal a lot of this fabric’s limelight, especially with the resurrection of the double denim look this year, but a denim shirt is a quiet force that can easily become a staple in your wardrobe and steal the show.

Sliding naturally into casual and smart-casual outfits, a denim shirt looks just as great paired with workwear boots as it does dressed up with a textured wool blazer in the fall/winter. This well dressed gentleman displays how easily the lightweight version of this button-down can transition to spring/summer to create a totally cool look (pun intended). It is the denim shirt’s year-round appeal that further cements its “essential” tag.

The featured fellow balances his denim shirt with rolled black shorts and coral tennis shoes. His shorts keep the look classic and timeless while the shoes add the perfect pop of color. His outfit illustrates the importance of simplicity in the warmer months ­– less is often more.

This week try out a denim button-up. This essential garment offers something to every wardrobe as it transcends time, age, season and style with little effort. A denim shirt brings rugged texture and a blue collar look (pun intended, again) to any attire and never appears out of place.

Hint: Take advantage of a denim button-up’s layering potential by throwing it over a cool T-shirt or underneath a cozy sweater during chilly nights.

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