It's hard to go wrong with denim, but that doesn't mean we aren't always looking for new ways to make the wardrobe staple a little bit more interesting. For fall, the Western trend that's permeating fashion means you'll be seeing plenty of denim shirts on the shelves of your favorite retailers—some with cowboy-style flap pockets, snaps, and pointed yokes, and others with more feminine details like ruffled cuffs or delicate embroidery.
The runways also offered plenty of inspiration for how to style the denim shirts you already have in your closet, whether it's embracing the look head to toe by pairing them with jeans Canadian tuxedo–style, or using them as a low-key layering piece under floaty dresses or mannish blazers.
Below, see how five top designers styled denim shirts for the upcoming season, plus tips on how to try the looks IRL and shopping picks to add to your closet just in time for fall.
At Calvin Klein, Raf Simons's Americana moment shone through in streamlined double-denim looks that might have been mistaken for jumpsuits at first glance, offering layering ideas to snag come winter.
Alexander Wang's denim ensembles naturally had a tougher air, with chainmail necklaces and handbag handles. Those, along with the jean button-down, took the corporate feel out of this business-like blazer.
Choosing contrasting washes is one of the easiest ways to pull off an allover denim outfit, as A.P.C. surely knows. For fall, the Parisian brand showed a casual take on the look, with baggy, cinched-waist jeans and cozy socks worn with sandals.
Adam Selman's denim shirts came appliquéd with red roses and layered under floaty silk dresses, creating a fun juxtaposition for a quirky night-out look.
Dior is taking denim to high-fashion heights this season and making a case for the return of low-waisted jeans. Its version is elevated with glossy accessories like leather berets, high-heel pumps, and metal-strapped bags that almost double as jewelry.