The Denim Shirt: A Fashion Staple

12 Jan

A couple of months ago, I was in dire need of a denim shirt. And by “in dire need,” I mean I had a deep, deep want. See, I had read about how denim shirts are perfection when tucked into fun skirts, and I couldn’t get that idea out of my head.

I told this to my dear friend, Haithem Elkadiki, the menswear designer behind his own label, KaaDiki. When I asked where he thought I should buy a denim shirt, his answer was, “Darling, I’ll just make you one.”

I practically skipped to his studio in Inglewood, where Haithem was waiting with good tunes (Kelis’s latest album was playing), fabric and a fitting jacket. (I may have brought some caramel Baileys and coffee. It was a Saturday, after all.)

Haithem gave me the beautiful end result just before Christmas. And oh, how I love my KaaDiki denim shirt. The details — the snaps, the high-quality fabric, the touch of gold stitching — are perfect, and the shirt is versatile enough that I can wear it to a coffee date or to work. The proof is below. (I did, in fact, wear the second outfit to work. I know it looks like I’m a mannequin in my living room. These are the perils of trying to shoot an outfit yourself.)

I’ve been thinking about other ways to wear my denim shirt. Here are three options I’ve come up with.

1. For a night out, I’ll draw inspiration from the cover of Flare’s January issue and wear the shirt with statement necklaces, bracelets and black pants:

2. For a flirty outfit, I’ll wear the denim shirt tucked into a sequin mini skirt, like this one from J. Crew. I love this whole look, especially the rugged boots and socks. My lace-up Frye boots are just waiting to be worn with this outfit:

3. To head to the farmers’ market on the weekend, I’ll wear the denim shirt over my Free City tank top:

My Talula leggings from Aritzia:

My favourite pair of Happy Socks. Gravity Pope typically carries this brand:

And my go-to Hunter boots (Christina and I are both fans):

One lovely shirt, many possibilities.


p.s. If I’m lucky enough to escape Calgary’s cold and I land on a beach, I’ll use my KaaDiki denim shirt as a cover-up for my bikini. Lately, I love Salinas bikinis. I bought my first one at She Apparel in Calgary; I called last night and they have a few in-store. A quick Google search says that The Bikini Lounge also carries the brand. I think this Salinas bikini is gorgeous:

(Is it bad to book a beach vacation just so you can buy a new bikini and wear an awesome denim shirt cover-up? I don’t think so, either.)

p.p.s. The denim shirt carries an array of possibilities for the Calgary Stampede. Rest assured, we’ll discuss Stampede fashion in July.


7 Responses to “The Denim Shirt: A Fashion Staple”

  1. patentandthepantry January 12, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I had a denim shirt in university, which I paired all the time with these two wrap skirts I owned. Of course, mine wasn’t quite as classy as the one you have! I’d probably get a lot more use out of your version….

  2. Selina January 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Ooh I want one! And I want that bikini too. I want Haithem to make me a denim shirt!

  3. Leah January 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Darling! Please tell me you are not wearing those leggings as pants. xo!

    • The Toque Girls January 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      Never fear, Leah. I’m fairly certain that my tank top provides ample coverage — it extends well past my behind. But thank you for the concern. =) xo

      • Leah January 20, 2011 at 7:39 am #

        Tank TOP. Nuff said.


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