Mixing it up with denim

One great thing about denim is that it's always in style. We've picked three versatile denim pieces below that could go with almost anything - check out our ideas below.

Think of these high-waisted, slightly-stretchy J Crew windowpane denim pants as a perfect neutral. While the pattern is eye-catching, treat them like your favorite pair of blue jeans by mixing and matching them with other solids. Ideas include the tops below but you could pair them with any basic V-neck sweater or T-shirt (especially in a bright color). Terrific with flats or a shoe boot.

Also from J Crew, this basic, white, affordable silk shirt would be great with the window-pane denim pants above or tucked into the skirt below. Would be perfect as a layer under a crewneck or V-neck sweater -- silk is a great choice because it isn't bulky like cotton. Or wear it by itself and don't be afraid to tuck it or roll up the sleeves. Don't be too precious with this piece. [It comes in other colors, but we like the white].

This Theory top couldn't be better. It's a piece you'll have forever and is universally flattering. You can wear it untucked with the knit waist showing (almost like it's a belt) or easily tuck it into any manner of higher waisted skirts and pants. Don't wear these with low-rise anything. Perfect with a black pencil skirt or pant for a mono-chromatic (i.e., slimming) look. Can be worn with the denim windowpane pant above and a black flat or the denim skirt below with a heel or shoe boot.

Did we say how much we like the Theory top above? Well, it's also available in a dress version if you want one easy piece. This piece is ideal for summer and early fall as a day dress with a sandal or in the evening with a wedge. Put a denim jacket over it and wear it with a shoe boot when the weather cools down.

We love this Toteme midi-skirt. It goes with all of the tops in this post and especially with the J. Crew denim top below; all-denim is a super chic look, especially with a necklace and shoe boot. If you're 5'7"or taller, it will be the right length on you. If you're under 5'7", take it to your local dry cleaner and ask them to hem it to one inch below the bottom of your knee and preserve the stitching.

We believe in spending money on good shoes - they are more comfortable and last longer. This one from Rag and Bone is a great boot. It dips in the front which creates a more streamlined look and doesn't cut your leg off like ones that are cut straight across. White boots feel fresh as a contrast when paired with any monochromatic outfit. The tan heel here is more subtle than black and more sophisticated than white. Love these with all of the clothes in this post.

Look no further for a denim shirt! If you buy anything ever from this blog, it should be this piece from J. Crew. This is not a typical boxy, stiff shirt - it is soft and slim fitting and so flattering. It goes with jeans as an all-denim look, it looks amazing under a blazer, it can be tied at the waist and worn with a skirt, it looks great with black and with white (try it with white shorts) and is so chic with rolled up sleeves. It's made even more fabulous with a few necklaces like this one (a splurge) or this one (40% off right now) or a great scarf. We reserve the right to post about this shirt again because it is so. damn. good.