May 27, 2019
I prefer chambray – it’s more “shirt weight” fabric, but if you can find a lovely denim shirt, grab it! It should last forever… Might take a while to break in, but worth the effort, I’d say.
This shirt seems pretty versatile. If I could find one without chest pockets, I’d be happier, but sometimes, one must compromise just a bit, right?
I have a few thoughts about what to keep in mind when you get one of these shirts. These are, of course, just guidelines! But as I often suggest, simpler is better…
One of the easiest ways to wear this shirt is to pull it on like a jacket on cool evenings…
Maybe you feel TOO dressy? Or a cool breeze kicks up? Picture this shirt tied at the waist over this lovely dress…
No matter what tee shirt and pants you wear, this shirt will probably go well with your outfit. That’s the joy of something that’s denim blue – it’s a neutral!
Of course, you can wear this shirt just as you would wear any shirt, under a sweater…
If you feel like your “warm” color is hard to wear, maybe a touch of denim near your face will help…
If you’re migrating from warm colors to cool, or vice versa, a denim shirt can help you bridge the transition…
Chambray really does go with every color…
Maybe you’ve got a garment that’s bright, and you want to balance that with something more softly neutral:
Unsure about how dressy you need to be? If you wore this, you could always pull off your sweater, in the worst case…
Feeling suddenly over-exposed? Too much sun?
As often as I travel, there aren’t a lot of garments that I pack for EVERY trip, but my chambray shirt is always with me!
Love my chambray shirt; love these new ways to wear it; love the shoutout; love you!
I’m looking for a replacement for mine which is getting worn out. I love all of these ideas. One more way I like to wear mine is knotted at the waist over a summer dress. It’s great to see how our basics can be worn in a multitude of ways across all seasons!
Oh jeez how did I miss the dress, that’s what happens when I look at your posts on my phone
I am loving this series! I have heard the basic chambray shirt described as “the Swiss Army knife of shirts,” and I don’t disagree. Your post wonderfully illustrates its versatility.
This is a great post.. I am taking a trip soon and had not thought about taking my denim/chambray shirt..but now I am! Thank you and, hope you are feeling better!
I’ve been on a long hunt for a pocketless chambray shirt, as well, at any price point. I finally found one this Spring at Dillard’s. It’s got Tencel in it and drapes nicely. So far I’m happy with this purchase. It’s on sale now. https://www.dillards.com/p/westbound-petite-size-button-front-shirt/509022315
I love the versatility of this look. Unfortunately I have given up on button front shirts. Even without the horrors of a chest pocket, I find the buttons always gape at the mid-front. If the shirt is large enough to avoid that, the shoulder is hanging down by my elbow. I sew a bit but a shirt like this is too complicated for me. It’s one of these items that looks good on someone else.
Linda M says
My current favourite way is a Breton top, with a chambray shirt worn open, and topped with a chunky Arran cardigan, also worn open. Jeans, boots or trainers. My chambray shirt is a bit big, and I also like to wear it open with just one side knotted. Linda M
I have very carefully removed pockets from shirts. Stitch by stitch! Wash and press.
Lisa P says
I love a denim or chambray shirt! Just as you showed, it’s often just the thing to add some flattering colour, a little zip, or to “casualize” or soften a black outfit. I wear one frequently! Looks great with white jeans, or any colour, really.
Thanks for this and hope you are feeling much better.
I just ordered the chambray shirt through your link.
Sharing the love for denim/chambray shirts. My favourite are Western pearlized snap-fronts. If it doesn’t have those, I replace the plastic buttons with real mother of pearl.
I’m with Duchesse in that my go-to chambray/denim shirts are Western pearlized snap-fronts. I hear you on simpler equals more versatility, & yes Western yolk & pearlized snap buttons do have a cowboy origin, but they’re true classics & just as versatile. Actually, I find the pearlized snaps more versatile & easier to dress up or down because, well, they’re pearlized! Thanks for the great post!
Everybody gets to choose their own classics – that’s the way it should be!
I prefer a soft denim to a chambray, but I love and have both. Perfect year round workhorses of my wardrobe. – nancyo
I have this shirt and it’s pretty great, but not 100% what I am searching for: a replacement for my holy grail chambray shirt from Gap, from many, many years ago when the clothes were higher quality. A chambray shirt has always been my go-to beach cover up as well as topper for cool spring and summer evenings. I’ve had much less success layering them under sweaters than over t-shirts.
I don’t own any chambray or denim. It’s the one shade of blue I don’t care for.
But I do have a pure linen white blouse that I use just like this chambray shirt.
I love it wrinkles and all.
It dials down a starched look, a too dressy look. It’s a great bathing suit cover up.
It’s a casual summer jacket alternative when a cardigan would be too fussy.
I’ve never thought of putting it with a dress. Brilliant idea Janice!