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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to Wear Chambray for Fall - 7 Style Tips

A chambray top is one of those items that I didn't really understand and totally underestimated.  But, since starting this blog I've realized why many people consider it a closet staple.  It works with nearly any color or pattern, can be used in a multitude of ways, and transcends multiple seasons.  Like your favorite blue jeans but for your upper body.  

There are way too many ways this gem can be styled, so today I'm sticking with styling tips just for fall, and I've got 7 of them for you!  (And maybe in the spring we'll do a spring edition!)

I have two chambray shirts...well technically one is denim and one is chambray, but for simplicity's sake I'm calling them all chambray.  The first outfit is with the denim top while the rest are with the chambray top, and both are from Target.


1.  Paired with neutral jeans.  Chambray with black denim is simple and classic, but it can also work with dark blue.  Denim on denim is acceptable these days!  Add a pop of pattern in the shoes, or pair it with ankle boots.



2. Tie it over a skirt of any color or pattern.  Often people write to me wondering what to pair with skirts or pants with crazy colors or patterns besides black or white.  My first recommendation is always a chambray top.  This also works great for springy dresses, but pair with boots for the fall.



3.  Layered under a cardigan.  This works with any color jeans and any color cardigan, but if you're sticking with neutrals add a pop of color with your scarf.


4.  Layered under a sweater.  A chambray top makes a great layering piece for those colder days!



5.  Paired with colored jeans.  Like I mentioned earlier, a chambray top is like your favorite blue jeans but for your top half.  Just like you'd wear a top of almost any pattern or color with blue jeans, pair a chambray top with bottoms of any color!  



6.  Open over a t-shirt or dress.  It kind of acts like a denim jacket in that sense, but you can layer more things over it if you want.  You could keep it open and add a cardigan, whereas it's hard to layer more over a denim jacket.

7.  Layered under a dress.  A great way to get more use out of some of your dresses beside switching it up with different colored cardigans.  But you could also add a cardigan over this outfit for more warmth and for more interest!

There you have it!  Seven styling tips for chambray in the fall!  Which ways have you worn chambray?  What's your favorite way to wear chambray?



Below are a bunch of great chambray/denim top options.  They're broken into two groups: 1) medium wash and 2) lighter wash.  Two of them are on the more expensive side from J.Crew Factory, but they make such great chambray tops that I had to include them!  The rest are from more affordable places like Kohl's, Forever 21, and Old Navy.

Links to Shop:
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Links to Shop:
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four  |  five


31 comments:

  1. great post! i love all the different ways to wear it!

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  2. I need a new chambray top! I lost mine to some lipstick I neglected to remove from the pocket. I washed and dried the shirt with the lipstick in the pocket and it got ruined with pink waxy smears of Covergirl.
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  3. I really need to get a few of these - I wear mine all the itme!!

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

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  4. Love wearing chambray! These are all great outfit ideas for Fall!

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  5. Bethany @3SonsPlus1...andTuesday, October 22, 2013

    I love all these outfits!! The chambray shirt works so well with the patterned skirt and colored pants (at least in your examples, ha)...I've never tried those combinations, and I tend to stick with boring old white, black or tan tops, so you've opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. Yay! Thanks! =)

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  6. I love chambray and have been wearing it with everything this fall! Love the way you styled all these looks :)

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  7. I love how clearly you explain what to pair the chambray with and why it works! You've motivated me to use my chambray shirt in each of the combinations you've proposed!
    whitneyalamode.blogspot.com

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  8. At least J Crew factory has 40-50% off sales quite often. It makes their stuff a lot more affordable! I have the shirt you posted from them- it runs pretty big and isn't as tapered in the waist as I'd like...but it works. :)

    On
    the Daily Express

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  9. I will have to try some of these looks! I love chambray. I have that same polka dot sweater too.

    xx
    Jess
    livinglifelimitlessly.com

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  10. Great post - I wore my chambray today with my colored bottoms and leopard flats!

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  11. It took me several tries, but I finally found my perfect chambray top a few weeks ago. Definitely saving this post to help me style it!

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  12. Where are the brown boots from? :)

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  13. A chambray shirt/denim shirt is indeed a wardrobe staple! It's just SO versatile.

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  14. Chambray is my favorite item lately, I have to stop myself from OVER wearing it. Definitely got my moneys worth on that purchase.

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  15. Love chambray! This is adorable and versatile.

    http://victoriajyu.wordpress.com/

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  16. I definitely have to wear my chambray more. Great inspiration/ideas Audrey!!!!

    Hope to see you tomorrow for my weekly tres-chic fashion thursday link up.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  17. Where are your infinity scarves from? So cute! :)

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  18. great style ideas, Audrey! the polka dot combination is my fave. :)

    cute & little

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  19. Yes! Gotta love chambray! I wore mine under my green utility vest yesterday! Loved it!

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  20. I'm so glad you posted this! I was at the store the other day and saw some. I was tempted to get one because I knew they're considered closet staples, I just couldn't imagine it myself (plus, the price was a little up there for me). But, now that I have a better understanding of it's potential I'll definitely be on the lookout for a great chambray top!

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  21. I love this post so much! My chambray shirt is definitely one of my favorite shirts of all time! I actually just posted an outfit with it today. I love all your looks - the only one I haven't tried is under a dress. I love that idea and I definitely need to try it soon!

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  22. My sister made the orange one, and the burgundy one is from an Etsy shop called Maybe Matilda, but she's currently not selling scarves anymore.

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  23. DV by Dolce Vita via Macy's. Check this post for a bunch of options: http://www.puttingmetogether.com/2013/08/fall-shopping-cognac-boots.html

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  24. I LOVE the washes of them, but I experienced the same problem with the waist being big. I thought it was just me though. Maybe you could get it tailored?

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  25. You know, I should just try that. Otherwise I'd end up spending the same amount of money (or more) on a different chambray shirt to get the same look. If I do I'll report back on how it turned out!

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  26. I live in my chambray tops, and I'm not afraid to admit it! I have denim, light weight, light wash, striped chambray. Comparing it to the jeans for the top half is SO true. I will be using that analogy.

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  27. You're a genius :-)

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  28. Thank you do much for the links! I was hesitant to buy J Crew online so went ahead and tried it on in the outlet and I love it! And guess what - I scored it for $34! Can't wait to wear it!!!
    P.S. Online store has the same sale going as well until tomorrow! And definitely size down!

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