Fear not the denim! The most versatile of fabrics, it's no wonder denim became the workhorse of the working-man's wardrobe. But you don't have to look like a cowboy or a Backstreet Boy. Here are a half-dozen ways to rock the denim in a risk-free way. 1. Order up by one size and wear it like a jacket over all black or chalky grey, for a bad-ass travel outfit. TSA pre-check advised. 2. Amp-up your workday look by replacing the ubiquitous white or light blue dress shirt with its chambray counterpart. Be prepared for compliments at the water cooler. 3. Mix it with street-wear like camo or joggers for an effortless look you can still wear to meet your mom for weekend brunch. Alternatively, take your boilerplate weekend outfit, remove the t-shirt, replace with an indigo button down. Instant upgrade. 4. Conversely, wear it to the fanciest weekend dinner party by tucking it in and pairing it with a sharply tailored suit jacket. Channel your inner Tom Ford. 5. Double-up on denim? For sure. A chambray sport shirt can be paired with an everywhere-denim jacket. But balance it out on the bottom with khaki or tobacco chinos (spring/summer) or lightweight flannel suit pants (fall/winter). 6. Want to stand out on this summer's wedding circuit? Pair a lightweight chambray dress shirt with a summer-weight khaki suit. Best-dressed guest award!