Denim is a staple within men's casual wardrobes. The denim jacket though doesn't always get the same plaudits that jeans do. But, it can be equally as versatile without having you looking like a trucker at a gas station or a lost cowboy. It is all about how you style it.

Denim jackets have been absorbed by a wealth of subculture movements in the past such as punks, rock stars and hip-hop favourites. It's because the jacket is lightweight, functional and can be worn with a wealth of other menswear pieces.

To inspire and motivate we have brought together our top 10 different ways for men to wear a denim jacket.

Let's start with the basics.

How To Pick A Denim Jacket

Wider silhouettes or oversized lengths might fall nicely into seasonal trends, but we want our jacket to be more timeless. That's why we are focusing on a classic fit as it will be easier to integrate with our current wardrobe offering.

The same goes for colour. White for example is a great lightweight jacket colour option during the summer. Though, the chance of you being able to pull off this look or have enough bottoms to partner with it might be tough. 

Denim Jacket Fit

As we have decided on a classic look, we want our denim jacket to fit snugly but not too close. That means no tightness when the buttons are fully done up and no restrictiveness when moving our arms. 

Just to caveat, with selvedge denim there is typically some tightness that loosens up the more you wear it.

The overall silhouette is a fitted one, so ensure your jacket doesn't bellow out around the waist or on the sleeves. Denim jackets look their best when the hem sits on the hips just covering the bottom of the belt. There is some margin to go an inch or so lower, but any hemline creeping up is going to appear like a cropped top. Definitely not the style we are going for.

As with any outerwear piece, the weather can change and we might need to put on a jumper. If you want to keep wearing your denim jacket longer than just the summer months make sure it fits nicely over a jumper so you can layer through transitional weather days.

Denim Colour

We mentioned previously that there isn't just your basic blue to choose from. Brands, especially in summer unveil a wealth of different hues to entice customers to part with their money. Stone, white and even a pastel blue can all be great ways to update a summer wardrobe. But, when we focus on versatility, they aren't the colours we would pick first.

If this is your first time reaching for a denim jacket, you can't go wrong with your traditional blue. It is functional, adaptable and inherently inspired by the original colourway of the denim jacket we see throughout history. 

Whether you have opted for double denim or not, a rule of thumb for outfit building is to ensure your denim jacket is a lighter colour than your bottoms. So, blue denim jackets in medium washes give you the option to wear them with darker coloured denim jeans or other trouser styles. 

The Embellishments

Adorning your denim jacket with rips, motifs or badges can be a core way of presenting your own personal style or taste. But, for the most part, they can seriously reduce the amount of wear you get from your jacket.

If you buy a denim jacket in its truest form, it allows you to integrate it within a vast mix of looks. Should you be looking to add a second denim jacket to your wardrobe then you can look at ways to push the boundaries a little. For beginners, keep it simple and watch how this menswear piece can seamlessly work its way into multiple different ensembles.

Look 1 - Double Denim

men in double denim

The Canadian tuxedo is not a look any man wants to be associated with. But double denim, when done right can look fantastic, just hurridly avoid having the jeans and jacket in similar light washes of blue.

If you want to approach cautiously, then contrasting the top and bottom half is the way to go. Dark grey or black jeans will pair nicely with a blue denim jacket.

Go a step further and break up the top and bottom half by introducing a simple neutral palette like a white t-shirt. The t-shirt offers a solid foundation for absorbing colours like blue or black and will help stop denim clashes.

Finish the outfit with Chelsea boots and a nice pair of sunglasses for a spring-ready outfit. 

Look 2 - Paint Covered

paint covered denim jacket

Take your inspiration from the likes of Jackson Pollock who wore his paint-splattered denim as an unofficial uniform for this one.

Although we do advise not attacking your denim with a paintbrush full of emulsion. Grabbing a jacket with some carefully considered paint splashes can do wonders at giving a tried and tested look a new dimension.

Make sure the paint does not take the form of some artsy mural on your back and try to keep the overall effect subtle if you can.

Look 3 - Workwear

denim workwear outfit

The original pair of jeans were essentially workwear uniforms and much of their early adaption was from manual workers such as miners, railroad workers and lumberjacks.

Take your cue from these skilled workers and their working environments to harness the spirit of denim. At its core, it is a rugged, low maintenance fabric that offers a masculine silhouette.

Mix up the denim jacket by adding some sheepskin lining or collar and underneath wear a flannel shirt or henley tee. Combined, it will deliver a hardy, natural aesthetic ideal for chopping trees or more likely heading to the pub.

Look 4 - Preppy

preppy denim jacket look

To nail this, men need to tone down elements that would make the outfit too formal and contradict each other. The button down Oxford shirt for example is a mainstay of the preppy style. It also offers a less formal alternative to a stiff collar shirt. With regards to ties, choose a knitted version that will complement the Oxford shirt. 

Want to remove the shirt altogether, then pick out a rugby shirt. They have seen a resurgence of late and are now being stocked by a plethora of brands like Kent & Curwen and Marks & Spencers.

Look 5 - Nautical

nautical denim jacket look

Envisage sipping champagne on a yacht in Monaco with a maritime influenced outfit. Partner your denim jacket with a Breton stripe t-shirt and a pair of chinos in beige or white and make sure to round off the look with a versatile pair of boat shoes.

Take note, with such light-coloured trousers, you will need a mid or light wash blue jacket. It is an ensemble made for the summertime. But, as denim can be a lightweight and breathable material, it makes sense to empower it with a nautical look.

If you can't make it to the French coast, don't worry. This is a compatible look not only for the Riviera but for a weekend stroll in the UK.

Look 6 - Smart Casual

smart casual denim jacket

To elevate the denim jacket from its comfort zone of casual, add some carefully chosen pieces beneath. Adding layers allows the jacket to be less of the focal point and more of a complementary team player.

A button-down shirt like an Oxford can work as the base layer with a simple, tonal knitwear choice above. For trousers, chinos work wonders as they deliver all the much-needed style points without falling too far in the smart or casual camp.

If you want to pick smarter trousers then tone down the top half. Remove the shirt and stick with knitwear that has some pattern or texture as it won't look too formal.

Look 7 - Relaxed Weekend

denim jacket with a hoodie

At the weekend much of the time men want go-to outfits that look good but have minimum effort. When you spend your weekdays dressing smartly, sometimes you want to break off the sartorial shackles for your days off.

For those relaxed days, you want pieces that are comfortable. The hoodie is probably the comfiest item you could own. Stick a denim jacket over the top of a fitted hoodie and instantly you get a low-key look.

Look 8 - Tailored

denim jacket with a blazer

The versatile, functional roll neck can make a welcome appearance in nearly all formal outfits. So to, can a pair of tailored trousers. Bringing them together is what holds the key to nailing a more tailored look that involves a denim jacket.

A smart shirt in its purest form is too formal for a denim jacket. But, any outfit that has a smart shirt can also have it swapped for a roll neck. The silhouette remains fitted and tailored but gives men the option to try a different style of jacket. Hence where a denim jacket can come into play.

The issue with introducing tailored trousers and a denim jacket would have always been how far apart they are on the smart to casual scale. A roll neck though can bridge the gap and offer a solid base from which both can stay synchronised.

As you can see, on their own each element might not work together. But, combining tailored trousers and a roll neck enables men to inject a new jacket style, like denim.

Look 9 - Layered

layered denim jacket outfit

Getting this right is about following our initial pointers on fit. If your denim jacket is fitting correctly without being too snug, it will make a great mid-layer piece included in a layered outfit.

As with all our clothes, we don't want to regret not being able to wear the items we buy enough. Solve this by finding ways to introduce seasonal garments into different looks.

Adding a denim jacket under a topcoat or overcoat is a great way to add vigour to your winter outfits. A winning combination is a mid-wash denim jacket in blue worn beneath a camel coat. The juxtaposition of style harmonises while popping the collar of the underlying jacket will add some additional sprezzatura points.

Look 10 - Keep It Simple

denim jacket with chinos

From James Dean to Robert Redford, the style icons of the past have often taught us that sometimes just keeping it simple is all we need.

Pairing things back and going back to basics can often lead to a greater result. The classic combination of a white t-shirt and denim jacket has been seen on screen for generations. It evokes memories of rugged masculinity, worn by handsome leading actors portraying cowboys and the like.

Like the white tee, the denim jacket in its rawest form is unfussy and low maintenance. Maybe that is why they both look so good together.

Nail the fit and you'll have a timeless combination that is hard to beat.

Where To Shop For Denim Jackets

There are a lot of brands selling denim jackets at both the designer and high street price points. For denim aficionados, you might seek out those companies abiding by old production techniques that only use the finest raw materials. Just be prepared to be confronted by limited supply and a price tag justified for this expert craftsmanship. Other men might be more focused on the overall look, such as the colour or even wash.

If you fall into the latter category then check out a few of our favourite denim jacket choices below.

Blue Denim Jackets

Black Denim Jackets

We all know men's sunglasses are an essential summer accessory. They come to the fore during the warmer months, of course, but the UV protection shades offer to our eyes all year round should be key no matter the temperature.

As a menswear staple, it means there is expectedly a myriad of styles to choose from. You can stick to classic frames that offer modern men as much timeless style as they did to Steve McQueen or Cary Grant in the past. Think wayfarers or aviators. Or, for the more adventurous gent, sunglasses can transform an outfit through a careful choice of colour or frame design.

Whichever way you are swinging when it comes to sunglasses, some basics need to be covered first.

The UV protection that your new frames deliver on is paramount. Cheap sunglasses or those that are all style and have no substance could have a detrimental effect on your eyes. Always choose shades that offer maximum protection against UV rays no matter whether it is winter or summer.

Next, is making sure that your new sunglasses look good on you.

What Sunglasses For My Face Shape?

The key thing to remember when selecting sunglasses is to seek out those that compliment your face shape. Distinctive elements of our faces should lead us towards the correct frame colours or shape. 

With a plethora of online shops to choose from, understanding more about what suits your face type will lead to less buyer regret and wasted trips to the Post Office. Here is a brief overview of what to look out for dependent on your face shape.

Square Face

For this face shape defined possibly by a strong jawline, you want to soften features. Men can do this by opting for sunglasses with soft curves like round frames.

Think about materials as well. A thinner construction made with metal will help to reduce the impact of a broad forehead or cheekbones. 

Heart-Shaped Face

A heart-shaped face has the look of being broader at the top and more narrow at the chin. Choose frames that can add a balance to the width of the chin, so avoid top-bar sunglasses which will draw the eye to the top half of the face.

A tear-shaped lens will only mimic the face shape, but rectangular frames with curved edges could look great. 

Oval Shaped Face

Oval shaped faces are longer than they are wide. In this case, men need frames that won't elongate or narrow the face. Larger frames like aviators should be avoided as should rectangular sunglasses. 

Our pick for this face shape would be to go for more of a tear-shaped lens option. 

Round Face

Those men with prominent circular features, need to add some structure and definition. To do this, pick frames in a square or rectangular shape.

Thicker frames will help to deliver that sharpness but you can soften slightly by choosing dark brown or tortoiseshell options. Lenses or frames that are too dark could add harshness and the opposite effect to the required subtle definition. A dark brown frame with a gradient lens could be a winning combination.

Helping you navigate the choppy waters of sunglasses shopping, we have pulled together our favourite eyewear choices for 2022. This list will cover different frame shapes and varied colourways and designs, so there is bound to be a style that fits the bill.

Read on to find your next pair of frames.

Rounded Sunglasses

If you are a man who owns more than one pair of sunglasses, then round sunglasses are a great way to mix up your summer eyewear options. They suit square and even diamond-shaped faces softening jawlines or striking cheekbones nicely.

This style was popular for men in spectacle form in the 30s and 40s. But, round sunglasses hit the mainstream when they were adopted by the music stars of the 60s and 70s.

Get your hands on a metal or acetate version and get ready for a summer of love.


Ace & Tate

Acetate frames in a bold cashew colour accentuate these retro-looking sunglasses. Composing a wider frame style, these shades are distinctive, yet with a minimalist feel. Ideal for lazy summer days in the sun.


Cutler & Gross

Handmade in Italy, these sunglasses are an updated take on a classic round frame. Be prepared for an oversized fit when wearing as the wide temples will swallow the face of those with a smaller head shape.


Taylor Morris

This brand has blazed a trail in the men's eyewear game. These sunglasses have an oversized round frame with a classic keyhole bridge and are sure to be your go-to pair for everyday use.



This is a statement pair from the iconic eyewear brand. These shades have a double bridge and flat flash gradient lense helping to create a new classic Ray-Ban design with contemporary appeal.

Coloured Sunglasses

During summer our clothing hues become lighter and we are more inclined to reach for a bit of colour in our outfits. Now there is no reason not to brighten up our eyewear as well.

Protecting the longevity of the products we buy is a very important factor. The kneejerk reaction to colour is that it will soon end up at the back of the closet, never to be worn again. A carefully considered option though could just be the revamp your sunglasses collection needs.

Bold, in-your-face colours can be jarring, not to mention difficult to match clothing with. Try and find similar palettes to stronger primary colours instead. For example, to replace yellow, you might choose honey, or burgundy instead of red. This way you get colour without making too much of a statement.


The Bespoke Dudes

Taking their roots in bespoke clothing and applying them to accessories has enabled TBD to create exquisitely made frames with an Italian flair. Handcrafted by artisans in Cadore, Italy, they offer 100% UV protection and come in a beautiful honey and blue colourway.



Inspired by the Helsinki arts district, these rounded bio-acetate frames have scratch-resistant lenses. Made in Italy they are the perfect blend of contemporary Scandinavian minimalism with the expert craftsmanship we expect of Italian manufacturing. The dash of green makes them a standout summer pick.



Made from sustainable materials, these 100% UV protected sunglasses have a frame manufactured from 98% recycled polycarbonate. Lightweight and stylish, Mango's blue shades are bound to be head-turning for all the right reasons.


Garrett Leight

For those familiar with the P3 silhouette, this is a fresh update for 2022's spring-summer collection. A cured cellulose acetate frame houses semi-flat mineral glass lenses with UV protection and AR coating in semi-flat pure Rosewood.

Aviator Sunglasses

The classic aviator style sunglasses have been around for donkey's years. Also known as pilot's glasses they have endured an up and down relationship with fashion. Seemingly in or out of style depending on the year, they still offer men a timeless option if done right.

Modernised tweaks to the classic shape are key to keeping the style contemporary. Play with frames or lens colours to wrestle these sunglasses from Top Gun connotations. Brands have been showcasing aviators in gold or even patterned acetate frames with blue lense tints to freshen things up.

If you want trendier versions, then an additional brow bar can help nail this season's fashions.


Tom Ford

To reduce glare, these Tom Ford shades come with polarized lenses. This improves vision and clarity without succumbing to potentially harmful UV rays. Made in Italy, a rose gold frame juxtaposes nicely with the darker lenses to create a contemporary aesthetic that we have come to expect from Mr Ford.



With gold tones and handpainted enamel, these Burberry shades aim to refresh the typical pilot frame. The tortoiseshell acetate flows nicely with the metal frames allowing for a comfortable and stylish presentation.



The original and iconic manufacturer of pilot sunglasses, Ray-Ban aviators are still as timeless as they were back in 1937. A narrow fit means these frames will fit a wider range of men while the gold metal and black lense ensure these remain modern and fresh.


Ted Baker

A nice alternative to the traditional pilot frame shape with a squarer aesthetic, these make for a more streamlined look that would suit those men with slightly rounder faces. Tortoiseshell is always a great colour pick for summer and has us dreaming of lazy sunny days already.

Top Bar Sunglasses

Men who like their eyewear to be a bit different could do worse than look at a top bar pair of sunglasses. Incredibly distinctive they won't suit all guys, but those that can pull it off will give themselves a bold summer choice.

Originally, top bar or brow bar sunglasses were typically all acetate and therefore a daring choice. Now though, brands have softened the look by mixing acetate with metal to create a more palpable pair.

We recommend sunglasses that have a metal temple arm (on the side) and a brow bar with acetate rims. That way you are picking sunglasses that you are more likely to wear with a mix of outfits. But, if bold is your middle name, then smash this look with an all acetate frame for some vintage vibes.


Saint Laurent

The double bar detail of these Havanna brown frames are finished with metal arms. Made in Japan, the green tint of the lenses add a nice contrast to the tortoiseshell and will have you living your best 70s inspired life in no time.


Kirk Originals

With teardrop lenses, Kirk Originals have brought to the fore a statement pair of sunglasses. A raised top brow adds definition while the triangle double-bridge elevates the design and will have your mates asking where you bought them. These are frames that are bold and confident. From a London brand to boot, we salute!


Messy Weekend

Adorned with a brown stitched top bar, the Ari frame from the Danish brand Messy Weekend adds an eye-catching touch to these oversized lenses. A twist on a classic design, they are not too far removed that men would find it difficult to approach.


Bask in the Sun

With the use of ethical materials and production, this casual menswear brand is able to back up its laidback vibe with sustainable pieces. Crafted in premium Italian acetate, the Karma sunglasses have us dreaming of coastal walks in the sun.

Geometric Sunglasses

The angular shape of geometric sunglasses is ideal for men with circular faces. So, if your face is on the round side, you can stand out from the crowd with a bold new pair of eyewear.

To make sure the look doesn't appear too fancy dress, choose thinner frames and keep the colours subtle. Also, don't get carried away with anything oversized as this could add too much juxtaposition with your face shape.

Geometric sunglasses are a fearless choice for 2022. For any men looking to make a statement this summer, these are the frames for you.


Dolce & Gabbana

Ideal for those men with an oval face shape, these Dolce & Gabbana shades are not for the faint-hearted. These though are not a case of style over substance. They featured polycarbonate lenses that are impact-resistant and lightweight while being durable enough to repel water and dust. All while keeping a high clarity.



With a nod to a 1970s style, Ahlem aims to create products that have a timeless connection with the era that inspired them. Made with gold plated frames, the angular shape makes them modern but close enough to an aviator style that men can still wear them season after season.


Oliver Peoples

Manufactured in Japan, we love the vintage feel to these geometric sunglasses. The frame is crafted from titanium for a robust but minimalist look and partnered with photochromic brown colour lenses. Adding a further nod to the past is the adjustable pearl or crystal nose pads that will create a luxurious comfort when wearing.


Wolf & Badger

Handmade by artisans in Italy using premium acetate, these sunglasses have all the swagger of 70s celebrity style. The angular frames are accentuated by the linear top line making them a formidable option for the summer months.

A musical and cultural icon, Paul Wellers' style has been replicated ever since his band The Jam catapulted him to fame. Paul told GQ that for him, music and style are intertwined. The music you listen to can have a direct influence on how you dress especially in adolescence. So, we were intrigued to see how a partnership with British brand, Sunspel and the Modfather would unfold.

Having become aware that Mr Weller was a fan of the family-owned business, Sunspel invited him along to their factory in Long Eaton. Swayed by the British manufacturing and paired back classics he already owned from them, Paul jumped at the chance to put his stamp on a new collection. 

paul weller sunspel capsule collection

Paul involved himself in every aspect of the process from design to fabric choices. Notably, there is a welcome absence of the tired targets and Union Jacks we normally see from Mod inspired collections. This was a conscious decision to make the collection more contemporary and appeal to a wider audience. 

The capsule collection consists of key staples that can be the foundations of a modern wardrobe. Contrast collars and sleeve stripes on the short t-shirts and college jumpers feel modern but with a vintage twist. While an expected Weller favourite, the mac would combine nicely with the slim fitted Supima cotton trousers.

Only, a six-piece range there are various colourways to peak the interest. The partnership between Sunspel and Paul Weller seems organic with the resulting items a concise but elevated collection.

Shop now at sunspel.com

For stylish men, it is important to have a strong, versatile selection of different shirt types in your closet. But, there is an overwhelming amount of designs, fits and fabric styles to choose from. Where do you begin?

The starting point is building from a strong foundation. Everyday neutral hues and a comfortable shirt fit that can see you through daily life. Combine this with easy-care fabrics and we have a shirt collection to build from. Men can then layer bolder shirt patterns or varying fabrics dependent on the event or even the change in season. The result will be a considered mix of options that will cover all eventualities.

To help you out, we have brought you our list of the 10 key shirt types every discerning man should have in their wardrobe.

1. The Office Shirt

cutaway office shirt for men

The dress code of most offices has changed a lot. We have become less formal in our approach to dressing for work, but that doesn't mean men should not make an effort to look presentable.

Subtlety is the key when approaching this. Pick a colour that coordinates well with your current options of suits and ties. If in doubt, stick with white or pale blue as they are pretty infallible when it comes to pairing with suit colours.

The high street is awash with options for men when it comes to office shirt types. Countless brands offer crease-free or easy-care shirts that can be ideal for those living busy lives. I would always recommend a 100% poplin cotton fabric with a cutaway or point colour. It delivers on durable cotton quality and a simple design, making it supreme for daily use.

2. The Oxford Shirt

man wearing button down oxford shirt

The classic button-down Oxford shirt gets its name because of the basketweave fabric cloth that it is cut from. Created by John Brooks in 1896 it has a slightly thicker texture than other dress shirts.

An Oxford shirt is a quintessential menswear item due to its versatility compared to more formal alternatives. Its smart-casual edge makes it ideal for partnering with a blazer and jeans when picked in a lighter colour such as white or light blue.

3. The Cuban Collar Shirt

The Cuban collar shirt or the camp collar as it is sometimes referred to is a short sleeve summer favourite. Men in summer tend to stick to very neutral colours pairing a simple t-shirt or shirt with shorts. A Cuban collar shirt enables you to introduce some creative patterns that will unleash your inner drug lord aesthetic.

The less restrictive, open nature of the shirt means it is more adept at keeping you cool than other short sleeve shirts. Ideal for wearing trousers and bringing that touch of holiday to your everyday outfits.

We aren't always blessed with the higher temperatures in this country, but the Cuban shirt can easily be worn with a white t-shirt or vest underneath. Perfect for those cooler months that bookend the traditional summer.

4. The Dress Shirt

model wearing black tie dress shirt

Black tie parties are a big social event, for such importance, your work shirt will not do. Although seldom used, the dress shirt needs to be hung and laundered ready to be worn when the right invites drop.

There are notable differences between a dress shirt and your normal shirt for work. Dress shirts have a cutaway collar with double cuffs and are cut from a thicker pique cloth. This cloth will allow the shirt to keep its shape better, while the collar makes it ideal for wearing with a bowtie.

An unwritten rule of black-tie is the removal of visible buttons. Hence why men wear cummerbands (to hide the waistline) and wear double cuff shirts with cufflinks. To go all the way, we suggest picking a shirt that has replaced the typical shirt buttons with pearl stud alternatives. Black tie doesn't come around every week, so when it does make it a special occasion.

5. The Overshirt

overshirt and t-shirt

In Britain, the weather can be unpredictable and we aren't always blessed with extended periods of sun. So, to prepare us for this, we need versatile items in our closets that can be relied on a whim.

The overshirt has become a key staple over the past few years because of this. Its simple design in a thicker material makes it our go-to option for those in-between days when it is too hot for a thicker coat but not warm enough for a single layer on top.

To make it go further, style your overshirt as a mid-layer piece when the weather gets even colder. It guarantees you get more bang for your buck.

6. The Flannel Shirt

flannel shirts for men

With a resurgence in 90s clothing of late, the flannel shirt is everywhere. Similar to the overshirt, its thick but soft material makes it robust enough to be worn over a plain t-shirt or vest.

Not focusing on the fit, could have you looking more like you chop wood for a living. Partner with fitted jeans and Chelsea boots for a slimline silhouette.

Again, elevate your cold-weather looks while extending the life of this great mid-weight piece by still using it as a key mid-layer item.

7. The Linen Shirt

linen shirt on holiday

During the summer months, to avoid unsightly sweat patches, we need a fabric we can rely on. Cotton makes up the majority of our tops, but it is linen that will offer more breathability. The nature of the material allows more air to circulate through the body, helping to keep us cooler. 

Let's face it though, no matter how much we love this fabric, linen shirts crinkle. So, with that in mind, it needs to be styled with more of a smart casual look in mind. For example, partner with chinos and trainers for a relaxed outfit. Or, wear it as part of a formal look with separate trousers and a blazer. The latter is a perfect ensemble for attending any summer wedding.

If you are still paranoid about the inevitable crinkles, then seek out a cotton/linen mix which should still offer some breathability, but with less creasing.

8. The Denim Shirt

denim shirt with blazer

Unlike its lighter weave cousin, chambray, denim is a robust, thicker material. In essence, it is made from the same fabric that your favourite jeans are and is great for adding texture to outfits.

A key styling mistake that men make with denim though revolves around shade choices. Your top and bottom half should contrast and not be a similar shade. This way you can still wear a denim shirt with your jeans but won't look like a cowboy. Break the contrast up further by adding a white t-shirt under the shirt. 

Jeans are a favourite of many men, but use this as a chance to mix things up. Lighter coloured chinos for example work well with a darker shade of denim shirt. 

9. The Chambray Shirt

chambray shirt worn by simon crompton
Shirt worn by Simon of Permanent Style

Denim uses a twill-weave construction, whereby chambray is made from a plain weave. The result is a lighter fabric that offers more options than your denim shirt.

Not as thick as denim shirts, chambray lends itself to being more versatile at combining with a great mix of other items. It is a key wardrobe staple for any guy. Dress it up as an alternative to your office shirt with a blazer or wear it relaxed with jeans or chinos.

Like with denim, always remember when planning looks that the chambray shirt colour contrasts with your trousers.

10. The Short-Sleeved Shirt

updated stripe short sleeve shirt

Once the summer uniform of middle-aged men, the short sleeve has been reintroduced into modern menswear. An eclectic mix of patterns and geometric prints has truly updated this once-maligned item of summer clothing.

The clean, simple silhouette offers the perfect backdrop for seasonal trends, whether it be the 90s, 70s or something a bit more tropical. What transcends from long-sleeve to short-sleeve though is the ability to work with the majority of trousers or shirts you already own.

Focusing on fit, ensure the shirt length is mid-bicep and keep it firmly in the camp of smart-casual or even purely casual. That means no suits and not wearing them on any formal occasions.

Shirt Style FAQs

What Shirt Type To Choose

This question comes with multiple answers. The key to planning what you are going to buy or wear is to work back from the occasion. If attending a wedding, then a flannel or Cuban collar shirt is too far removed from the dress code. But, within a more smart casual dress code then an Oxford shirt might offer a nice alternative to your typical formal shirt.

What Shirt Type Fits Best

Most of the shirts featured in this list will accentuate a man's physique when worn in a slim-fitted style. Fitted shirts tend to have more structure and offer a smarter overall look. But, all body types are different, so test fits to see what works best for your own shape. That being said, we would argue that a Cuban collar shirt looks great when it has a looser, more relaxed aesthetic.

What Other Shirt Types Are There

If you are looking for more shirt styles than those listed above, start to look at variations or tweaks to these classic pieces. For example, Mao collar or grandad collar shirt types in cotton, linen or chambray deliver contemporary choices. Also, be mindful that there are times when a shirt can be replaced completely. A nice polo shirt or simple white t-shirt partnered with a suit will bring your formal outfits right up to date.

Like many aspects of our daily life, grooming regimes have changed under lockdown. With barbers and salons closed, it has not only been impossible to get a haircut but potential access to our favourite products has also been limited.

There are still Zoom calls to be had and occasional meetups albeit restricted. Which means we should still be making an effort. Ok, this might be as full-on as it was before but making sure our appearance is presentable is the bare minimum.

Men's Haircare

Access to a trained professional is not possible right now. Which means some men will be panicking, others will take this as a chance to try something a little different. Either way, picking up some useful tips and tricks to cutting or trimming your hair is crucial in this current environment.

So, whether you are furiously Youtubing home haircut videos or just need a little guidance. Below are some useful pointers to consider when it comes to hair care during the lockdown.

Be Prepared

If you want to look like David Beckham, you will need to get the right supplies. As with all aspects of menswear, investing in quality products is crucial for getting the best cut.

We would never recommend anyone to rush head-on into cutting their own hair. If you are a newbie, start with just tidying up any hair over the ears or around the neck. It can make a surprising difference. For those adept at tackling more make sure your toolkit is fully stocked.

Essential Tools For A Home Haircut

Go Easy

Lockdown orders tend to be in flux. If, for a glimmer of time, your local barber opens up, get a haircut that can be easily maintained. A low maintenance style will allow you to keep on top of things if we subsequently enter another lockdown.

Low Maintenance Styles

Grow It Out

Life under quarantine doesn’t have to be boring. This is can be an opportunity to try something entirely new. If you’re stressed out about the intricacies of maintaining a shorter hairstyle, you should consider growing it out. Just be mindful that even longer hair needs regular maintenance.

With longer hair, brush daily and regularly use conditioner in the shower. Since it can dry your hair out, avoid shampooing on a daily basis. Take it down to two or three times a week instead.

Keep your hair controlled with some product. Dependent on hair types and required finish, this could be a mousse or a light cream. 

Shave It Off

Another option and the most drastic is to shave your hair off. To get the best, symmetrical buzz, you must use hair clippers instead of a beard trimmer. With the hair clipper, use a 1.5 length if your hair is thick and dark. On the other hand, use 2 for finer, lighter hair. Whatever your hair type —always go against the grain. 

With so many hairstyles out there to choose from, it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. You will want to find one that is perfect for your taper/fade and with a busy lifestyle, you may not have the time to do extensive research. No need to worry — you can take a haircut quiz that can help match your face shape with a specific hairstyle. 

Facial Hair

Having a stylish haircut is only one aspect of keeping up with your appearance. You should also make sure to groom any facial hair. Similar to haircuts, there are various lengths and styles and you may find that this is the time to experiment. As we aren't interacting in person as much, why not try out that moustache style you have always been too scared to. Now is your chance to see how it would look.

Moustache Care

We have seen many celebrities over the past few years embracing some top lip fuzz. Moustaches have officially become mainstream again which means there is no better time for men to try it. With a range of different styles to try, the key is ensuring it keeps looking presentable.

Some loose hairs or rogue stubble will quickly dampen the dramatic effect of a good moustache. Make sure you identify and trim loose hairs with scissors to maintain the style. While the area around can be shaved with a razor or beard trimmer.

Beard Care

It can be hard to beat a barber's wet shave. The pre-care, baby smooth result and post-shave hot towels are all part of the shaving pageantry. Recreating this at home can feel laborious and a chore. As such, a lot of men will be embracing a beard through the lockdown. Especially those who no longer have the office uniform and its clean-shaven expectations to contend with anymore.

Shorter beard lengths should be trimmed regularly, as they can quickly look unkempt. Tidy up the cheekbones every other day and give the whole beard a once over with a beard trimmer a couple of times a week.

If your look is a little more caveman, with a longer, fuller beard. Then wash and moisturise to keep it in its prime. The best products for this are beard conditioners and oils that come formulated specifically for facial hair.

Men's Skincare

Studies have shown that with men spending more time in the home, sales of male grooming products remained more or less flat compared with the year before. This is versus the buoyancy of the current e-commerce market and the surge in online shopping. Guys are simply spending their money in other departments.

We can understand that without leaving the house for work or play and the dating game null and void, men are letting things slide. But as lockdown rolls on, the degeneration of a good grooming regime can be hard to come back from.

The key to reviving and maintaining could be in scaling down what has come before.

Keep It Simple

With many people furloughed or living under a cloud of uncertainty surrounding work, money can be tight. So, don't be suckered in by fancy marketing and focus on covering the basics.

This simple three-step routine is all you need to keep your skin looking fresh. The products you use don't have to cost the earth and you can build on top of this strong foundation as you see fit.

Help Local Businesses

There will be a time where the pandemic is under control and we embark on a new normal. When this happens we feel everyone should do their part to help those around them.

So, when your barbershop or hair salon is back open, make sure you book an appointment. Also, see if any independents sell the products you love, they could do with the business. This pandemic has changed livelihoods and we need to support one another as soon as it is safe to do so.

Before that, there are other ways you might be able to help a business out. Such as:

Just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean you can’t look good. Until those times when we can revisit our favourite places follow these tips to keep your grooming regime under control. Working on your appearance can really help to boost morale and we all need a bit of that right now.

For some men, finding the best jeans money can buy can become a pilgrimage of sorts. Since their inception around 150 years ago, they have gone from workwear to the menswear mainstream. Absorbed by countless micro-cultures of society along the way from mods to 90s grunge. As a result, denim labels and brands have tried to incorporate different forms of jeans and jackets into their collections with differing quality and prices.

I think it is fair to say, it is hard to imagine a world that doesn't have a pair of jeans in it. But, like with all menswear, not all denim is created equal. For an item that is everywhere, from high street to designer. Why do some brands send denim connoisseurs wild and not others?

What Makes Certain Jeans Better?

A higher price tag with most things in life does not always equate to quality. Menswear can be a vacuum of designer brands luring punters in with their names or logos. While the constructions and materials used to create their collections can often be sub-par.

In the heyday of denim in the '40s and '50s, America led the world in manufacturing jeans. These were expertly crafted jeans made from hard-wearing materials. Definitely, not the mass-produced commodities we often see today.

So, to find the very best brands, you need to seek out the labels that are inspired by the rich heritage of jeans. Typically their collections weigh heavily on this material and they take careful consideration of fabrics and manufacturing. This is why Japan became the mecca for modern denim fans. By studying original jeans from the past they started to deconstruct then reimagine classic fits. With the use of vintage looms and laborious techniques they create modern and contemporary pieces.

Since Japan took the helm of expert jeans making in the late 1980s and early 90s countless brands have sprung up focused on this much-loved material.

A defining feature of the best jeans in the world is the superior cotton used. Sourced from the best mills the denim is shipped in its raw form (referred to as selvedge) with stitching and adornments (buttons etc) an enhancement of fit and not at a detriment to the durability and character of its original selvedge state. 

The Best Jeans Brands To Buy From

levis denim jeans


Levi's is the original jeans brand and is still revered across the globe as the pinnacle of denim manufacturing. It was Levi Strauss who in 1873 constructed the founding five-pocket jean style we know and love.

Whether you are buying directly from the brand or investing your hard-earned cash in some handpicked vintage classics. It is difficult to beat this brand for a high standard of denim.

rag and bone jeans for men

Rag & Bone

Like any good pair of jeans, Rag and Bone is a brand that has workwear woven through its very core. Giving their denim a New York twist, these are slimline silhouettes to take you from office to bar.

Made from skilled workers in the USA, there is an endearing focus on robust, versatile pieces that still contain a dash of elegance.

blackhorse lane ateliers denim

Blackhorse Lane

A welcome addition to this list is this British based brand. Still a relatively young company, they come with some solid pedigree.

Helping to revive a now-forgotten textile trade in London, Blackhorse Ateliers hopes to keep as much manufacturing as possible right here in the capital by looking to put a high-end spin on the classic workwear piece.

They ruthlessly studied the best Japanese denim brands to see how they did it. The result is quality denim sourced in Europe (to reduce the environmental impact) expertly crafted into stunning jeans.

ooni japanese denim brand


Now, this is a brand for real denim freaks. A secretive brand whose product is equally limited and highly sought after.

The shuttle loom for creating their denim can only be operated by one man, their master weaver. Due to his susceptibility to cold (he is 80) he only works the loom in warmer months, hence low production versus high demand.

A reference to their devilishly slubby denim, Oni (a devil figure in Japanese folklore) produces heavyweight denim with a textured surface. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some, you will not be disappointed.

uniqlo jeans for men


The Japanese brand has built a firm reputation for giving men a one-stop-shop for quality basics. A secret of industry insiders, their denim range is hard to beat for price-conscious quality.

As you would expect from a Japanese brand, their versatile collection of jeans is made with enough stretch to remain comfortable all day long. They also offer a free alteration on any purchase of denim in their stores to make sure they sit just right.

nudi jeans men

Nudie Jeans

We featured Nudie previously in our list of sustainable brands due to their commitment to producing using organic, fairtrade or recycled cotton. This focus on keeping the longevity of their jeans goes further with an alteration and repair service at all the brand's shops.

But, to truly create jeans that last, great materials need to be expertly crafted to combat the daily rigours of life. Nudie ticks both these boxes all while offering their denim without a lofty price tag.

tcb denim for men


Inspired by the classic American denim from the past, TCB is a contemporary brand reinterpreting jeans for the modern man.

Launched in 2008 they haven't got the rich history of other Japanese brands but are equally focused on quality and craftsmanship upholding old age techniques for denim manufacturing.

tellason premium denim


Made in the home of blue jeans, San Francisco, Tellason is an all-American brand. Made in the Bay Area using the finest raw materials, they want to revive the heritage the location has with jean manufacturing.

Founders Tony Patella and Pete Searson shared a passion for well-made durable goods when they launched the company in 2008. This ethos is paramount for everything they create and their jeans are a solid, premium offering that is built to last.

full count jeans brand

Full Count

Now common practice among the best denim makers, Full Count was the first of the Japanese denim brands of the late 80s-early 90s to use raw Zimbabwe cotton. One of the founding fathers of modern denim processes in Japan at this time, they are sometimes referred to collectively as the Osaka 5.

It was this group of denim makers that wanted to revive the craftsmanship and quality of jeans they were familiar with in the 40s and 50s. Full Count's founder Mikiharu Tsujita will argue his creations are the closest you can get to those heralded originals.

acne studios men

Acne Studios

Now housing a wealth of minimalistic Scandinavian clobber, the roots of this brand are firmly from a denim arena. The brand created 100 pairs of raw selvedge denim exclusively for friends and family. It was this success that spurred the team on to develop the label.

As you might expect from this Swedish brand, branding and motifs are minimal. The focus goes on the understated fit, using sustainable materials to craft modern jeans.

g-star raw denim

G-Star Raw

A highly commendable, progressive brand, G-Star has continued to push the boundaries of sustainability within the denim industry. The jeans market with its use of chemicals and materials sourced from across the globe can be bad for the planet.

G-Star is innovating within its manufacturing process and the materials it uses to help futureproof the denim industry. Called RAW FOR THE PLANET it uses 100% organic cotton as well as techniques to reduce water use when dyeing or finishing each item.

hawksmill premium denim brand


Crafted using the best Japanese denim, Hawksmill is a British brand merging authentic manufacturing techniques with contemporary fits.

Denim is a timeless fabric and if created and cared for correctly, jeans can be a core item in any man's wardrobe year after year. By using vintage Union special machines and historical construction methods, Hawksmill is focused on the quality and longevity of its products.

warehouse and co jeans

Warehouse & Co

Another of the Osaka 5 denim makers, Warehouse & Co by their own words concentrates on the "faithful reproduction of authentic vintage garments".

That means customers will find a treasure trove of clothing and accessories that have been extensively researched and crafted with quality. From 1950's inspired jeans to varsity jumpers Warehouse & Co is a dream for denim heads the world over.

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