Monday, January 7, 2013

8 Ways to Wear a Chambray Shirt (by Kimmie from Blue Paper Lanterns)

Hi everyone!  Since I've been traveling like cray-zay I've asked a few friends to blog-sit for me.  All week I have some amazing guest posts lined up, and first up is Kimmie from Blue Paper Lanterns!  

Her blog was among one of the first 5-10 that I ever started following, and I couldn't help it.  Not only does she dress super cute, but reading her bio was basically like reading mine, except that I don't have 2 kids.  Anyone who shares similar affections for Target, boba, and sugar is a friend in my book.  Anyway, there's no need to miss me because Kimmie's here instead--with a fantastic post, might I add!

Denim Shirt Options: one, two, three, fourfive--search "lightweight denim shirt"

Hi Putting Me Together readers! I'm Kimmie from Blue Paper Lanterns. I'm filling in for Audrey while she's traveling this month, but since we're pretty much the same person, so you don't even have to miss her. Both Audrey and I love Target, boba, and candy. Plus did you know that she had big turquoise lanterns (my blog's namesake) at her wedding, too? Just kidding (about the same person part) because Audrey is waaaay cooler than me, and I love her blog and all the wonderful wardrobe tips that she provides for her wonderful readers (THAT'S YOU).

One of my favorite features of Putting Me Together is Audrey's One Piece Different Ways series where she takes one item and shows us a bunch of different outfit ideas using that item. In one of her recent posts, Audrey wrote that a chambray shirt is closet staple and a great alternative to a plain tee.

Personally, I like to treat chambray as a neutral, just like jeans, and it pretty much goes with everything! The ways to wear a chambray shirt are endless, but here are a few of my favorites:

1. Tucked into colored jeans, with or without a cardigan thrown over. 
2. Worn open like a light jacket or cardigan over a fun tank top or tee.
3. Layered under a sweater.
4. Knotted and worn over a dress (or skirt). Audrey knotted hers over a maxi skirt which was really cute as well.
5. Tucked into a skirt of any color or shape, my favorite way to wear chambray tops!
6. Paired with dark denim. Try to avoid wearing jeans that are too close in color to the shirt or else you'll look like you're wearing a Canadian tuxedo.
7. Untucked and layered under a belted cardigan.
8. Layered under a dress. This works best when the dress is a thicker knit and has 3/4 or long sleeves. A trick for smooth lines is wearing a tank top OVER the chambray shirt (see example here), and tucking it into your tights :)

What are some of your favorite ways to wear chambray shirts?

Hop over to Kimmie's blog Blue Paper Lanterns to say hello!


  1. Awesome ideas! I love my chambray shirt but struggle with how to wear it. I only have two pairs of non-denim pants (and I really can't bring myself to do the denim-on-denim look yet) but many colored skirts, so I usually just wear mine with skirts. I'll have to try using it as a cardigan over a dress one of these days!

  2. #8 such a good tip! Thank you. I am loving that Chambray is BACK!

  3. Stopped by from Audrey's blog! Love this. Definitely going to try my chambray under my purple 3/4 sleeve dress. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. Great ideas! I LOVE my chambray shirt so this gives me even more ideas.
    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Canadian tuxedo, LOL! Love all the versatile looks, Kimmie!

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have one and keep wearing it the same way because I don't know what else to do with it. This is a great help!

  7. I love all of these. I recently bought a chambray shirt and have been wearing it over leggings, under a sweater nonstop. Great ideas!

  8. I love this post- I'm always running out of ways to wear it, but now I have a lot of inspiration!

  9. Thanks for featuring me, Audrey! :)

  10. You are so pretty Kimmie ( I know I was going to stop saying it buuuuttt I make my own rules). I think the black skirt & boots is my favorite and one I'll definitely have to try again with my own chambray.

    also I was so confused where all the hits were coming from today. sneaky lady!

  11. Awesome ideas! thank you for sharing :) I love your style.

  12. Love it! I'm always looking for new ways to wear my chambray top, and this definitely gave me some ideas!


  13. Happiness At Mid LifeMonday, January 07, 2013

    Love all your ideas. I don't think I am using my chambray shirt to my full potential.


  14. Such a fun post and such cute ways to wear chambray!

    The Other Side of Gray

  15. Kimmie is a new favorite of mine! I love it best with the black skirt. I'm completely mortified that I do not own this shirt yet.

  16. I will have to try the chambray over another top, I love how you paired it over the stripes!

  17. I'm pretty sneaky, aren't I? I think I'll need to do my own post on layering shirts and sweaters so I can stop sending you all my page views. And I won't credit you, because I'm going to pretend I came up with it all on my own.

    (just kidding. for anyone reading and thinking that I'm a huge jerk)

  18. So funny, I'm currently working on a similar post. I agree the chambray is a wardrobe staple. I just found an awesome chambray shirt that I can't get enough of! Love all your looks!!


  19. I never knew most of these were possible! Ha! Thanks for sharing.



  20. So many great looks Kimmie - I especially love it tucked into a pencil skirt too. And haha at Canadian tux, although I usually hear more "Texas tux" around here ;)

  21. This is such a great guide. I've been having trouble trying to figure out how to include a chambray shirt into my wardrobe and also finding the perfect chambray shirt. These tips are sooo helpful!

  22. This was so helpful! I work in fashion advertising and chambray shirts are so "in" right now. I've been looking for a way to incorporate it in a non-frumpy style, and now I have eight choices to experiment with! Thank you thank you thank you!! :D

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  24. You idea about lanterns is awesome !! you are really a Genius.

  25. You idea about lanterns is awesome !! you are really a Genius.


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