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The denim shirt is a closet essential. There's a reason people have been singing their praises for decades now—they go with practically everything, serve as perfect lightweight toppers for that between-seasons weather, and seamlessly pair with any pattern and color that's already hanging in your closet. Think of them as your classic white button-down's cool little sister.
As we prepare our closets for transitional winter weather, there couldn't be a better time to stock up on evergreen essentials like this one. So ahead, we've rounded up a list of the very best denim and chambray shirts in a variety of wash, cut, and fit preferences. From oversized silhouettes that double as jackets to cool western fits, there's something for every style and budget in the list below. And because we made sure to find only the most versatile denim shirts for everyday wear, you'll have no problem pairing any of these with whatever you already have in your closet.
Our Method For Finding The Best Denim And Chambray Shirts
You probably don't need us to tell you this, but there are a lot of denim shirts out there. Luckily, Rank & Style has a proprietary algorithm that factors in real user reviews, editorial mentions, and social media buzz to curate lists of recommendations just like this one. We're here to make your shopping life easier, because as much as we love a good return policy, we don't think you should have to use it. Keep scrolling to shop our algorithm-approved edit of the best denim and chambray shirts, and consider grabbing yourself one before fall officially arrives.
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Universal Standard Classic Denim Shirt
BEST FOR BIGGER BUSTS
WHY YOU NEED IT: We have to hand it to Universal Standard for designing one of the most wear-able denim shirts on our list. With details like a hidden "bust" snap and a longer back hem, this denim shirt provides both coverage and endless styling possibilities.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Made for a stretch denim that's breathable and lightweight, feel free to layer or wear solo this one—you'll be comfortable no matter what.
AYR The All Day
BEST RELAXED FIT
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: As with anything else from AYR, this shirt is a total standout. It's made with premium Japanese denim that has an incredibly soft, loved-for-years feel, and the easy-breezy fit is to-die-for. With each wash, it'll only get better.
USER REVIEW: "I am extremely obsessed with this shirt and plan to wear it everywhere, with every outfit. It’s the perfect layer and great quality. I’ve had it for a week, but I feel like I’ve lived in it forever."
Quince Distressed Denim Shirt
LOVED FOR: Thanks to the distressed denim, this shirt offers a lived-in look and feel to keep you comfortable and stylish at the same time.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: This denim shirt was dyed using reduced water consumption techniques.
J.Crew Factory Chambray Shirt In Signature Fit
BEST CLASSIC FIT
WHERE TO WEAR: With its clean lines and classic fit, this J.crew shirt is ideal for office days. Tuck it into black pants or a pencil skirt to polish it up.
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Reviewers say this shirt has a lightweight feel—almost like linen—that makes it excellent for hotter days.
Polo Ralph Lauren Denim Shirt
BEST SLIM FIT
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: It doesn't get any more classic than a Ralph Lauren button-down, especially in denim. You'll wear this piece for seasons to come.
USER REVIEW: "This denim shirt is absolutely the best! The fabric is that good denim with heft, but not so much that it feels jacket-y. I look forward to many years of wear with this denim shirt."
Frank & Eileen Eileen Famous Denim Shirt
BEST BOYFRIEND CUT
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Frank & Eileen's Famous Denim Shirt might be pricey, but the quality and construction make it so worth it. With a versatile fit that works tucked, tied, and layered alike, it's one of those closet staples you'll have for years.
AS SEEN ON: Angelina Jolie and Meghan Markle are both big fans of this one.
J.Crew Slim-Fit Chambray Shirt
BEST PEARL SNAP
WHY IT MADE OUR LIST: According to J.Crew's website, their design team spent months "perfecting and wear-testing" to get this shirt just right. From the looks of it, we think they nailed it. A slim cut, western-inspired chest pockets, and pearl snaps, this chambray shirt has all the potential to become your most-worn wardrobe essential.
USER REVIEW: "This shirt is awesome. It's the first shirt I've purchased from J. Crew recently that has been properly tailored. The fabric is really lovely - not too stiff, but with some structure. I love the pearl snaps and the weight. I found it TTS. I'm 5'5", 115 lbs and typically take a size 0. [...]"
Banana Republic Classic-Fit Denim Shirt
BEST TAILORED FIT
WHY IT MADE OUR LIST: The classic silhouette makes this a universally flattering shirt for a variety of body shapes and sizes.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Pre-washed denim ensures this shirt is super soft and cozy right from the start.
Old Navy Oversized Boyfriend Tunic Jean Shirt
BEST TUNIC LENGTH
WHY YOU NEED IT: The longer tunic length makes this perfect for wearing solo with leggings or jeans.
USER REVIEW: "The fit of this shirt is amazing! It's a perfect length to wear with leggings and it's loose but doesn't look big. Highly recommend this top!"
Aerie Anytime Fave Shirt
WHY YOU NEED IT: This shirt is all about keeping things cozy. Featuring a soft chambray, relaxed fit, and longer length, Aerie made sure this is one top you can wear all-year round.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: An oversized chest pocket? Yes, please! How could you now want a shirt that could hold your sunnies and potentially a few additional essentials?