If there’s one piece of denim menswear that stays relevant from season to season, it’s the versatile and essential denim shirt. While you probably have a few go-to picks in your closet, fall is the perfect chance to freshen up your selection. Shop our favorite men’s denim shirts below.
We’re totally grooving to the party beat in 7 For All Mankind‘s second fashion campaign video, “Birthday Party,” which features lots of cool party people celebrating a birthday party, California style. So even if the winter blues are getting to you, watch the video to escape and be transported to a warmer time, a spring and summer of endless partying in skimpy bikinis, denim cutoffs and unbuttoned chambray shirts; flipflops optional, and lampshade hats are provided.
Remember last week, when we posted about Los Angeles-based men’s streetwear label Chambers, featuring battered and bruised models, complete with busted lips and intimidating glares? Their next lookbook, for Spring-Summer 2012 continues to feature the Downtown man (sans bruises), who looks like he could care less about what you think; but, he still cares about tailoring and what goes on his body. We’re loving how every shirt and jacket really goes well with jeans, but we especially like the low-profile touches from contrast plaid-solid reversible woven shirts to tailoring touches such as shorter shirt hems and semi-hidden button columns. If you’re an Average Joe who wants to clean up nice without looking like you’ve stepped out of a mall, then put Chambers on your hit list.
Having just debuted at L.A. Fashion Week, Los Angeles-based menswear clothing brand Chambersis changing the game on lookbooks. If you are going to convey the essence of your fashion line in your freshman year as streetwear for men who work hard and play just as hard, then Chambers has certainly hit the nail on the head. Featuring woven denim and chambray shirts in tandem with outerwear, you sort of feel this laid back and gentlemanly collection provides an interesting contrast against the battered and bruised models who look ready to throwdown at a moment’s notice.
Outclass‘ fall 2011 lookbook is a mix of casual-cool and relaxed yet put together style that gives off a sense of sophistication that isn’t exclusive to big city living. In fact, the Canadian brand takes the urban guy into the wild where red jeans, chambray shirts, and fall-perfect double breasted coats look ace—proving that style is key no matter where you are. We’re all about guys looking sharp and cool without going overboard and these are definitely some looks to take note of! Hint, hint!
“Eye” is a sub-line of the Japanese brand Optitude, housing collections of fresh sportswear with clean cuts and fashion-forward details. The line aims to outfit the population with clothing that is distinctly in good taste without frills or fuss, while preserving classic beauty and tailoring. Despite this epic statement, the clothing looks simple and chic. The denim separates included in this collection, such as the chambray shirt dress, low-waisted denim trousers and denim soft-pleated skirt, add a touch of casual to the otherwise potentially stuffy palette.
The West is Dead—is alive and well. Featuring raw denim (with interior seams tape-sewn in the “precious” locations for comfort!), fitted chambray shirts, fitted denim jackets cut like peacoats, cotton duck pants cut like jeans and reversible cotton sweaters, we think your manly man won’t be able to resist The West is Dead’s collection of functional clothes made with minimal design and premium material. If you like your denim raw, then you won’t be disappointed.
Founded by two northern Montana buddies with a love for denim—Kaelen McCrane and Will Cheng—The West is Dead “focuses on the conservation of the American West,” which includes respecting the land and the people through charitable endeavors. Kaelen and Will imbue their collection with the spirit of the American West in almost every aspect of their collection, and it shows. Their jeans are cut and sewn in Los Angeles, and their sweaters are made in South Carolina.
Jeans retail from $185 to $265; denim jackets are $245, and chambray shirts are $130 to $135. The West is Dead is available at specialty boutiques like Steven Alan Brooklyn, Atrium NYC, Fred Segal Man and What Goes Around Comes Around (L.A. & NYC). Go to The West is Dead online to shop their entire collection.