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7 of the best denim shirts for women in 2023: From M&S to H&M, Toteme & more

Snap up a denim shirt to try out one of the biggest trends of 2023: Double denim

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Carla Challis
Carla ChallisCommerce Partnerships Editor
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A denim shirt is a style staple, and with double denim high on this year’s fashion agenda it’s time to treat yourself to a new jean shirt. With designs varying from flirty (think scalloped collars) to seriously oversized (you can even borrow your boyfriend’s), there’s a denim shirt out there to suit every personal style preference – and more importantly, price point too.

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How to wear a denim shirt

Since Y2K fever is splashed all over the 2023 fashion trends, double denim – colloquially known as the Canadian Tuxedo – is the easiest look to emulate. It’s less Justin and Britney 2001 and OTT denim shirts and cargo jeans. Take one look at the recent fashion weeks, or street style, and they're everywhere.

Paris Fashion Week denim street style
Double denim at Paris Fashion Week

This time around, your denim washes don’t have to match either. Try a mid-wash jean with a darker denim shirt or go stonewashed top, white jeans for a fresh take. Or, go for a boxy shape and wear over a classic slub tee with jeans in similar shades; keep accessories in neutral shades, like black, white or cream.

Alba Garavito Torre in Paris, France
Influencer Alba Garavito Torre adds pink to her double denim for a sweet look

If you’re really feeling the denim, layer it up times three – jeans, denim shirt and denim jacket or swap jeans for a denim mini, maxi skirt or denim shorts.

Nowee Nuyens in New York
Nowee Nuyens layers a denim shirt over denim shorts in NYC

Celebrities wearing denim shirts

On or off-duty, celebrities rely on a denim shirt to see them from restaurants to the red carpet.

Jodie Turner-Smith attends the White Noise New York Film Festival Opening Night Screening on September 30, 2022 in New York Cit
Jodie Turner-Smith hitting all the right style notes in triple denim at a premiere

Actress Jodie Turner-Smith turned to a denim shirt for a Netflix premiere, paired with a denim jacket and jeans for the ultimate cool-girl look.

Emily Ratajkowski attends the Loewe Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show in Paris
Emily Ratajkowski in double denim at Paris Fashion Week

Emily Rajatowski chose an oversized denim shirt and baggy jeans for Paris Fashion Week, proving the look can be as sexy as it can stylish.

Whether you want a classic denim shirt or something more style-led, we've found some of the best on the high street. Although we've not been able to test every denim shirt, we've narrowed it to down to those with the most positive reviews - here's how we chose our edit.

How we chose the best denim shirts

  • Price: We've considered a range of price points, from affordable high street denim shirts for £15 to the designer denim shirt, retailing for over £400. If you want to splash out, there's plenty of pricier denim shirts, or it's a pre payday pick me up, check out some of the more affordable shirts.
  • Inclusivity:  We've found plenty of denim shirts available in sizes 6-22.
  • Colour: A classic blue denim shirt is what we've focused on. You'll find the high street has other wash versions, including black, white and pastel hues. We've found blue denim shirts in a variety of blue washes, including stonewash, acid wash and true blue.

Keep scrolling for our edit of the denim shirts to snap up this season.

Shop the best denim shirts for women

  • Monki Denim Shirt

    Monki denim shirt

    This 100% cotton denim shirt features a shirt collar and snap buttons giving it a Western feel. The straight cut is a great fit for all body types, and this is available in a large range of sizes from 4-22.

  • Marks & Spencer denim shirt

    Marks & Spencer denim shirt

    Fits true to size say M&S customers of this Lyocell blend denim shirt, which can be grabbed from size 6-24. 

    This is a sustainable choice, tea-dyed with natural colourants for less environmental impact. The blue hue is a light wash, good with black jeans or dark denim.

  • New Look denim shirt

    New Look denim shirt

    New Look's denim is popular for its purse-friendly pricing and comfy fits, and that carries through to their denim shirts too - this one looks comfy, cool and a classic fit.

  • Hush denim shirt

    Hush denim shirt

    Hush's denim shirt swaps a pointed collar for a frilly pie-crust style, and with the cotton blue material, gives a new spin on the classic denim shirt. Wear with black wide-leg trousers for a smarter look.

  • Sezane denim shirt

    Sezane denim shirt

    Princess Kate's favourite French brand Sezane’s £95 shirt is such a bestseller, it keeps going out of stock! Made from organic cotton, this shirt is an oversized fit, so will look stylish tucked into jeans or worn loose over baggy denim.

  • River Island denim shirt

    River Island denim shirt

    For something a little different, try River Island's denim shirt, with a 'shadow' pocket in darker denim - how cool! You'll find this shirt in sizes XS to large.

  • Toteme denim shirt

    Toteme denim shirt

    This Toteme shirt has been seen all over Instagram, on street style stars and fashion influencers, who applaud its oversized fit, wide sleeves and dropped shoulders.


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