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THE 4 DENIM PIECES EVERY GUY NEEDS

Gone are the days when you could get away with owning one pair of worn-out jeans. Today's well-dressed man has denim at hand for every day, time and occasion.

DARK-WASH JEANS

The workhorse of your denim arsenal, dark-wash jeans go with pretty much anything—T-shirt and sneakers, button-down and oxfords—which means they're ideal both in and outside the office.

SHOP: DARK-WASH JEANS

The perfect casual-Friday outfit (sportcoat optional).

Dinner date?
Add the sportcoat.

LIGHT-WASH JEANS

You'll want at least one pair of light-wash jeans for ball games, barbecues, weekends—anything where "casual" is the dress code. A well-fitting pair gives off a more relaxed vibe than dark-wash jeans, but still keeps you looking good.

SHOP: LIGHT-WASH JEANS

Break out the kicks—sneakers match the casual vibe.

A henley or crewneck
sweater makes it laid-back,
not sloppy.

BEYOND BLUE

You can wear dark-wash jeans for a night out—and look like most other guys at the bar. If you want to stand out (without looking like you're trying too hard), choose grey or black jeans.

SHOP: GREY & BLACK JEANS

Opposites attract. Wear distressed jeans with a polished sport shirt.

A T-shirt and grey jeans work during the day, too. Throw on a moto jacket, and you're ready for the bars.

THE DENIM TOP

A jean jacket or denim shirt is a versatile addition to your closet, and despite what you may think, you can wear one with jeans. Just make sure the washes are different, and you're good to go.

SHOP: THE DENIM-ON-DENIM TREND

Go pro by mixing three pieces with varying washes.

Denim's lightweight cousin, chambray is an easy way to try out the trend.