Denim, a cornerstone of so many men's off-duty wardrobes, but with so many fits, styles and washes to consider, pulling on a pair is far from straightforward. Here, we take visual style lessons from five men who know how to wear denim in its various forms.



Who: Alongside his equally stylish girlfriend Patricia Manfield, Giotto Calendoli is one half of the creative driving force behind lifestyle website, The Atelier. A regular on street style blogs and best dressed lists, if his personal Instagram account is anything to go by, the stamp count in this Naples native's passport must be quite considerable. Naturally then, his expertly-selected outfits go far beyond the traditional tropes of Italian style.

Why the look works: Light blue jeans require a simplicity of approach. A fine stripe crew-neck T-shirt, suede boots and a wide brimmed hat are the only additions needed. Perhaps more than any type of denim, with lighter styles always remember that less is more and steer clear of pattern and loud colour.



Who: Frederik Risvik's dress sense typifies the cool, clean minimalism of Scandinavian style that makes for impressively tasteful Instagram material. And, though his signature look may not often stray from the sartorial restraint of black, white, navy and grey, it makes a more than persuasive case for the importance of investing in subtle, quality menswear.

Why the look works: It's an unassailable truth that a well-dressed man's wardrobe will always contain lashing of colours drawn from a stark palette, and denim too can be effortlessly worked into this low-fuss, high-style sartorial philosophy. Raw denim offers a neat uniformity of colour which is best worn with similarly low-key staples such as a grey sweatshirt, a navy mac and streamlined trainers.



Who: The man behind personal style diary Uniform Journal, Roderick Hunt, subscribes to a personal style ethos which draws on American icons and streetwear must-haves. Reflecting his Southern Californian climate, colours are airy, fabrics lightweight and style comes laid-back.

Why the look works: White denim offers the same hardy wear as its indigo counterpart, but is a summer-ready alternative. When worn with darker shades to add shade and contrast, white denim becomes a cornerstone of the stylish man’s summer wardrobe. So to master white denim, pair with a navy bomber jacket, a light blue shirt and simple white trainers.



Who: Alessandro Squarzi can count himself as one of the most photographed men in style thanks to an ability to wear almost anything well. Whether in tailoring and linen that nods to classic Italian style or preppy staples that riff on Americana, the fashion consultant and entrepreneur aptly demonstrates that denim can be appropriate for nearly every sartorial occasion.

Why the look works: Menswear may have preoccupied itself with slimmer styles in the past decade, but straight cut jeans offer a nonchalant, thrown together sensibility that's perfect for pairing with other iconic pieces. Worn simply with an Oxford shirt and brogues, straight cut jeans feel timelessly appealing yet relevant for the modern man's wardrobe, all at the same time.



Who: Stockholm-based street style photographer Rami Hanna is well acquainted with the specifics of what makes for a picture perfect look, so it follows that his own wardrobe is similarly worthy of a place in front of the lens. Mixing casual classics with zeitgeisty slogan sweatshirts, Rami Hanna's style manages to feel both appealing in a well-curated, familiar way, yet current and contemporary too.

Why the look works: Though denim paired with denim has been countless times dismissed as a sartorial misstep, with an appropriate attention to detail, the look can be made to feel perfectly appropriate. Always opt for a shirt with a lightly loose fit and subtly mismatch tones of indigo to pull off this tricky look.