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Fresh Styling Inspiration to Revive Your Denim Shirt

Hint: It involves breaking a few antiquated fashion "rules."

Stacey Toth

Denim shirts have been creeping back on the scene the past few seasons after a hiatus that followed their early 2010s popularity. Brands like Celine and Nili Lotan have shown the world that the versatile staple is easily dressed up with polished staples like blazers and leather pants. In parallel to the classic shirt's ascension, the connotation of the Canadian tuxedo has also witnessed a reinvigoration, shedding its tawdry stereotype—early 2000s Justin and Britney, anyone? Compound this with the degradation of antiquated fashion rules that discourage you from pairing unlike (or too alike) fabrics together, and you have unlimited styling potential. We've rounded up five fresh new ways to wear the iconic item that are each packed with sartorial intrigue.

Patent Leather Pants + Brown Belt

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@martine_rose

This look breaks multiple fashion rules, which is part of what makes it so interesting. The brown belt against shiny black patent leather and Western-style denim is satisfying all our fashion desires.

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Denim Mini Skirt + Bright Accessories

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@sandrasemburg

A riff on the typical Canadian tuxedo, this ensemble adds a bit of intrigue with bare legs. Statement red-and-white accessories shake up the monochrome look with some shocking hues.

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Plaid Blazer + Leather Pants

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@sandrasemburg

Another denim-and-leather combination—we love the play on texture here. The oversize plaid blazer is a muted way to embrace print, while the zebra shoes serve as the statement piece.

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Zebra Print Leather Pumps

Bottega Veneta

Falabella Small Shoulder Bag

Stella McCartney

Suede Jacket + Jeans + Tall Boots

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Right photo: Celine Spring 2020; Filippo Fior /

This look falls somewhere on the polarizing spectrum between Western wear and French-girl chic. The suede jacket and brown leather boots frame the double denim in the perfect salute to the finished ensemble.

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Croc Leather Belt

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T-Shirt + Dark Denim + Trench

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A lesson in layering, we love the way this look incorporates multiple seemingly simple wardrobe staples in an innovative way. Keep your shirt unbuttoned pretty low so as to display the t-shirt, and let your blazer subtly peek out of the trench.

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Women’s Weighted Tee

Richer Poorer

Off-White Pointed Heels

Kwaidan Editions
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