Denim shirts are having a real fashion moment. If, inexplicably, you don't have a worn friend of a denim shirt or two in your wardrobe - or even if you do - now is the time to invest. Truth is, men's denim shirts have never been out of fashion, because they're beyond mere trend. And that's been so for more than 100 years. Originally worn for hard manual work in the US, denim shirts have become cultural staples, worn on and off-screen and stage by Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, John Travolta and so many more. Like your favourite denim jeans, your denim shirt is going to spend more time out of your wardrobe than within. It really is that essential. Not sure where to start? Discover our ultimate guide to men's denim shirts, including the best denim shirts for men on the market in 2022.

    

How to wear a denim shirt

Short answer: exactly how you like. And that goes, too, for the supposed spectre of double denim. Take a look at the cover of Marvin Gaye's seminal 'Let's Get It On’ from 1973: beanie, bold buckle to denim jeans, denim shirt thrown over tucked t-shirt. 

True, no-one is as cool as Marvin Gaye. But the lesson is don't be too serious with your denim shirts. Even fashioned-up, every denim shirt's roots are in utility, so casually teaming your denim shirt with denim jeans is no crime. To the contrary, it's how it was always worn.

Your casual style is all that counts. Remember, this is going to be the most versatile shirt you'll own. Dress yours up with chinos over a crisp white t-shirt for a pub lunch after a country walk. Tuck in and button up for a smart casual restaurant dinner. Dress it down with shorts on a warm afternoon. Be adventurous. Denim shirt with summer suit? It's brave but confidence will carry it off, trust us.

8 best denim shirts for men in 2022

ASKET The Denim Shirt Stone Bleach

Trust the Swedish minimalists at ASKET to strip the classic men's denim shirt down to its essentials, celebrating its roots, making sure this classic is future-proofed. ASKET's stone bleach wash process gives each shirt a unique patina that you'll add to each time you wear it and every time you wash The Denim Shirt. Super-soft indigo-dyed denim, pre-shrunk, straight cut.

Unrecorded Denim Shirt

If you're after traditional heavy denim from a distinctly untraditional clothing company, here's a great bet. Unrecorded's mission for rigorous simplicity means details are key, execution meticulous. Their Denim Shirt has two buttoned front pockets in classic style, construction in Portugal using heavy denim from 100% organic cotton, straight cut for maximum versatility. 

Forét Fennel Light Blue Denim Shirt

From the Danish label that aims to blur the distinction between outdoor and indoor wear comes a denim shirt that does precisely that, and then some. Construction here is pre-faded, light blue denim, instantly comfortable whether worn as shirt or overshirt, at the office or, as Forét suggest, around a campfire. Half-and-half cotton and organic cotton, mother of pearl buttons.

Closed Michael Philouze Unisex Shirt

Something special here. Closed have collaborated with Vogue menswear editor Michael Philouze to produce this gender-free wardrobe classic that - we have no hesitation in predicting - will be a signature piece for seasons to come. Subtly aged vintage look, oversized cut, super-soft wear-every-day denim is sustainable and eco-friendly, construction is in Italy. 

Luca Faloni Midnight Blue Denim Shirt

Stylish, tailored, sophisticated. Luca Faloni's Denim Shirt is distinctly grown up and ready for its table at that Michelin starred restaurant you've been promising yourself. Streamlined tailored silhouette. Premium soft denim from the renowned Albini Mill, pre-washed for a vintage edge, pocket-free - and for added elegance, Luca Faloni's own "Paramontura" collar. Crafted in northern Italy.

TWOTHIRDS Cyprus Mid Blue

The Cyprus denim shirt from TWOTHIRDS is effortlessly essential, both stylish and sustainable. Design in Barcelona is for relaxed days at the beach or long evenings over tapas. Denim is lightweight from 100% organic cotton, pesticide-free and vegan. Fit is regular, with classic button down collar and single chest pocket. Buttons in environmentally friendly matte corozo.

ISTO. Chambray Shirt

ISTO.'s celebration of trend-free heritage is on show in their immaculately imagined Chambray Shirt. Organic cotton makes up ISTO.'s sustainably produced Chambray cloth, softer than regular denim with a real feel of indulgent luxury injected into what was once a utility item. Front left pocket, buttons in bio resin, relaxed fit, sustainably made in Portugal.

Now that you've explored our pick of the best denim shirts for men, discover our guide to denim jackets.