The New Rules of Denim

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The Chambray Suit and Tie

Transform a chambray button-down from unassuming to refined by pairing it with a navy knit tie and a silver tie bar. The rumpled fabric is even being used to make ties. Feel free to own both, but never wear them together.

From top: Shirt by AG Adriano Goldschmied, tie by J. Crew, tie bar by Paul Stuart. Shirt by 7 For All Mankind, tie by Alexander Olch, tie bar by Paul Stuart.

The Blazer

The new tailored denim jacket bears little resemblance to its seventies predecessor. Dark, discerning, and of-the-moment, this blazer looks best as the centerpiece of an equally stark ensemble, which should include charcoal cotton trousers—not denim ones.

Blazer, sweater, and pants by Prada.

The Alternative to Blue

Black makes any article of clothing—even a denim one—more sophisticated. The coal-hued fabric turns a jean jacket into an after-work essential and adds a high-style aesthetic to accessories. Try to keep the color from fading or you’ll look like a survivor from an eighties hair band.

Jacket by Gucci. Bag by Maison Martin Margiela. Sneaker by Converse.

Neutral Jeans

Denim comes in many colors—even turquoise, regrettably. But khaki, the new favorite, combines the best thing about chinos (color) with the best thing about jeans (fit). Increase the hybrid’s understated appeal with a navy snap-front shirt.

Shirt and jeans by GUESS by Marciano.

Denim Trousers

Jeans may never be boardroom-appropriate, but they come close when cut with a higher waist and straight leg. These handsome pants work best with polished items, like a printed shirt and a croc belt.

Shirt and pants by Jil Sander. Belt by Adam Kimmel.

Worn-in Jeans

Unlike the conspicuously distressed versions popular several years ago, the latest beat-up jeans look like they’ve actually been lived in. A leather rope belt in an earthy color keeps the vibe laid-back—not sloppy.

From left: Jeans by Polo by Ralph Lauren, belt by 3.1 Phillip Lim. Jeans by Levi’s, belt by Bottega Veneta. Jeans by Dsquared, belt by Martin Dingman.