Fashion Thesaurus: Chambray Shirt

Chambray shirts are a spring and summer perennial favorite.  This fall, though, the denim-on-denim trend made the chambray shirt a must-have item for the fall too.

I got a chambray shirt when I participated in the Liz Claiborne for jcpenney “7 Days of Style” campaign.  But, I haven’t worn the shirt much since creating that denim on denim look.  Since the shirt is too fly to be closet-bound, I’m pulling out the fashion thesaurus today.

How to Wear a Chambray Shirt:

1.  Chambray and tan:  Chambray and white is always winner, so why not khaki or tan?  This tan, pleated skirt with a black waist band works wonderfully with the chambray top.

Skirt-Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx, Shoes-Franco Sarto via Marshalls

2.  Chambray and sequins:  Who says chambray is only for casual wear?

Blazer-Gap, Skirt—c/o Loft, Shoes-Tahari via Marshalls

3.  Chambray with a print skirt.  Chambray makes a cool substitute for a white shirt, so why not rock it with a print skirt?

Cardigan-Loft, Skirt-The Limited, Shoes-Tahari via Marshalls

4.  Chambray for a preppy look.  Chambray exudes preppy cool when paired with preppy essentials.

Sweater-Old Navy, Skirt-Dolce & Gabbana, Loafers-Me Too via DSW

5.  Check out my Liz Claiborne for jcpenney “7 Days of Style” post for a denim on denim outfit with this chambray top.

Shopping for a chambray top?  This jcpenney top has sold out online, but check out this Eddie Bauer chambray shirt on sale for $19.99.


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  1. December 20, 2011 / 5:32 pm

    LOVE every way you rocked it. I am big fan of Chambray shirts. I own several actually. Its one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe.

  2. December 20, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    i especially love the first outfit. i have a chambray shirt in my closet just waiting to be styled. thanks for the ideas.

  3. December 20, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    Wow, you really showed how if you think a bit outside the constant main use of a piece of clothing you can really create some amazingly beautiful set. Thanks for your great fashion sense. Love your pictures and reading your blog.

  4. December 20, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    It's a very diverse piece. I need another one, I ruined my last one.

  5. December 20, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Excellent way to style your chambray shirt.

  6. December 20, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    I just scrolled through and thought "OH, man, I would wear that!" after each outfit. Lovely!

  7. December 20, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    great looks! I was able to get that Eddie Bauer Version of this shirt for $17 with the code BHGDEC!

  8. December 20, 2011 / 7:32 pm

    All of these outfits rock!

  9. December 20, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    All of these outfits rock!

  10. December 20, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    I love all these looks!

  11. December 20, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    Love how you styled each look.. especially the glam sequin skirt look that's my fav!! They all are very wearable and i'm inpired to find me a cute chambray shirt now 🙂

  12. December 21, 2011 / 12:03 am

    Whoa-I just love all of these looks! I never in a million years would have guessed how versatile a chambray shirt is, it really looks great with just about everything.

  13. December 21, 2011 / 4:22 pm

    Love these looks! I have a JCF version that I like quite a bit myself! 🙂

  14. December 21, 2011 / 7:06 pm

    love all these looks! some great tips!!