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The Best Denim Shirts That Are Not Just for Cowboys

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

If you have watched any western movies or zombie tv shows, you've probably seen a grubby denim shirt or two. However, we're here to make the case for a denim shirt as a wardrobe essential, not because you will be on horseback anytime soon, but because it's a classic style that you can pair with your favorite jeans for a full denim hook-up or with a variety of outfits. You might even be able to work it into a classic feminist icon halloween costume! Similar to jeans, you have to try on a lot of different styles until you find your perfect shape but don't give up! A denim shirt can be so versatile because in addition to wearing it as a top, you can also use it as a beach coverup or worn open over a tank as a light denim jacket. You'll be surprised how often you reach for It. No cowboy hat required.

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1
The Western Style
Denim Western Shirt
gap gap.com
$59.95

If you like the western look, snap front buttons and pointed shoulder details are the signature of a western style denim shirt.

2
The Chambray
Classic Ex BF Button Down Shirt
Madewell shopbop.com
$72.00

This denim shirt is chambray rather than a heavier stiff denim so it's soft, light and won't bulk up if you want to tuck it in. 

3
The twist
Stripe Chambray Shirt
Caslon nordstrom.com
$34.67

We love the subtle blue-on-blue vertical stripes on this denim shirt. 

4
The Weekend Workhorse
Barry Denim Shirt
FRANK & EILEEN nordstrom.com
$186.00

Embracing the casual days of spring and summer, we love this worn-in frayed hem weekend shirt. 

5
The versatile pick
Jules Slim Western Shirt
Courtesy
Citizens of Humanity shopbop.com
$298.00

A light washed denim shirt makes for a great beach cover-up.  

6
The layered look
Gracie Shirt
Courtesy
Levi's shopbop.com
$41.70

Another great shirt that can also double as a light summer jacket. This style is meant to be worn oversized. 

7
The feminine touch
Short Sleeve Chambray Shirt
COURT & ROWE nordstrom.com
$89.00

With short sleeves, this sweet feminine summer style gives no western vibes at all. 

8
The retro find
John Retro Denim Shirt
Lafayette 148 New York saksfifthavenue.com
$328.80

Brown buttons and contrast stitching make this denim shirt a slightly vintage inspired addition to your denim wardrobe. 

9
The dressed-down pick
Denim Top in Emmie Wash
Courtesy
Madewell madewell.com
$34.99

So casual and comfortable, this denim popover top has an intentionally roomy, relaxed shape. 

10
The heavy-hitter
Shrunken Denim Shirt
Levi levi.com
$74.00

This denim shirt is made from sturdy heavier weight denim so if will stand the test of time. 

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