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What’s on your list of fall style essentials? Whatever the answer might be, allow us to recommend a stylish denim overshirt as a new addition. After all, you can hopefully already count a rugged henley, one of the most versatile men’s watches, a durable shirt jacket and a great pair of wear-anywhere jeans on that list, at least in matters of casual style.
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What if we told you the rugged denim overshirt is yet another way to welcome the crisp chill of fall with easygoing wearability, just a touch of functionality and long-lasting style points? Denim overshirts exist in a bit of a tricky middle ground. They’re cut longer than a denim trucker jacket, and they’re made with tougher materials (I.E. Cotton denim) than your favorite flannel shirt, although some fit and feel more like a regular button-down. Layering is still very much on the table, though.
The style can be worn as a true work shirt in your yard or on a job site, but they’re also well-suited for fall fun, be it “leaf-peeping,” brewery beer imbibing (or homebrewing), or laid back weekend hikes.
The thicker build makes them an ideal top layer above the aforementioned flannel shirt, or a thermal henley, or both. The more options you have for fall layering at your disposal, the more comfortable and cozy you’ll be, and the better you’ll look this season. Enter a new world of seasonal layering with our favorite denim overshirts and shirts for fall.
Todd Snyder has taken the traditional workshirt and turned it into a refined piece you could even wear in place of a blazer, if you so choose. This is a sturdily built Italian denim shirt ideal for layering, and Snyder might recommend wearing on top of a turtleneck for runway-ready holiday style, or over one of the designer’s famed Todd Snyder x Champion crewneck sweatshirts for weekend getaway style.
$249 at ToddSnyder.com
The best denim overshirts and shirts can handle a bit of everything, from work to play. Goodlife’s Denim Shirt is available in three distinct washes, but it’s the deep indigo, with dark snap buttons, that functions best as an overshirt when you want to show off that new band tee or thermal henley. The brand says the 5.5oz. Denim is “soft but substantial,” which sounds like it hits the sweet spot for autumn layering.
$175 at GoodlifeClothing.com
It only makes sense that Levi’s delivers a well-made denim overshirt, given that the brand’s ingenious five-pocket jeans were worn by prospectors and explorers in the early days of denim in the United States. This modern denim shirt draws on that same inspiration with slightly oversized buttons, flap button chest pockets for your essentials, and a somewhat roomier fit designed for layering. And if you just want to wear it with black Levi’s jeans to head (safely) back to a rock concert? It won’t miss a beat.
$79.50 at Nordstrom.com
If you like your denim shirts with lightweight layering potential, this richly colored denim shirt (with plenty of character in its deep indigo color) is the way to go. Contrast-stitch pockets and helpful stretch fabric makes this an ideal option to throw on for breezy fall days, especially atop a charcoal long-sleeve tee — preferably alongside Mavi jeans for a cleaned-up look.
$88 at Mavi.com
In need of a super-dependable denim overshirt for the toughest jobs on your fall to-do list? Wrangler has just the shirt for that, built with side gussets for ease of movement. The front-button chest pockets can store small tools, and the cotton build makes it easy to layer over a thermal shirt and beneath a waxed chore coat.
From $34.58 at Amazon.com
Plenty of brands you can trust to craft the best men’s jeans also do quite the job with making the best denim overshirts. Take AG Jeans, purveyors of this deep indigo cotton overshirt, complete with oversized chest flap pockets for functional storage aplenty. The hardware on this shirt is more like the buttons found on your favorite denim jacket, so wear this shirt as often as possible, especially on cool fall mornings, coffee in hand.
$245 at Nordstrom.com
This particular Billy Reid denim shirt has been in the brand’s arsenal for years, so why mess with a good thing? It’s not as heavy as a true denim workshirt, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it layered over a base tee and then beneath, say, the brand’s Bond Peacoat for an expert blend of high and low. It’s the perfect balance of rugged and versatile that only the famed Alabama-based designer can pull off.
$198 at BillyReid.com
For a remarkably agreeable price (just a shade over $40), get a heavyweight denim shirt you can layer atop everything from a simple graphic T-shirt to a long-sleeve merino tee for added fall warmth. Double and triple-needle stitching at key stress points ensures long-lasting durability for the price. And like other denim items in your rotation, this shirt should break in over time the more you wear it.
From $34.99 at Amazon.com
Now here’s a denim overshirt that means business. Dickies built its brand on some of the toughest workwear on the market, and they’ve not let up to this day. This denim overshirt incorporates stretch fabric by way of Dickies FLEX, and also uses oversize buttons and chest pockets to store your everyday carry. Team it with Dickies work pants, and you’ll cruise through your to-do list (or another round of beers if you’re off the clock) without missing a beat.
From $33.58 at Amazon.com
A.P.C, like Levi’s or AG Jeans, knows a thing or two about denim. They also know a thing or two about turning classic styles into more fashion-forward pieces, like this indigo take on the denim overshirt. Contrast gold stitching plays nicely off the medium-color denim, and the sturdy buttons lend this a true “shacket” feel — wear it unbuttoned over a crisp white tee or switch up your layers to style it with a crewneck sweatshirt.
$255 at Nordstrom.com
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