Classic: Chambray Shirt

When it comes to building a wardrobe, I like the idea of sticking to simple classics that never go out of style and appear effortless, yet stylish. Then I like to punch up a look with bold, bright accessories, eye-catching shoes, or a colorful bag.
Take the chambray shirt, for example. It’s so easy to wear and pair, yet it’s still so sexy and stylish. Tucked or untucked, with the sleeves rolled up, it’s just got a versatility and effortlessness to it that I adore. It’s clearly timeless, and can be worn at any age and any time of year. It’s one of those things you have in your closet that you always find yourself going for, because it looks great with no thought whatsoever. That’s my kind of shirt!
I think chambray looks best with black skinny jeans. Ashley Olsen clearly agrees with me:

Looks SO GOOD layered with pink: 


I like it best the way Kate Bosworth wears it here-oversized, untucked, with very skinny jeans. The oversized factor is part of what gives the easy, “just threw this on” vibe. Bonus- you can eat whatever you want!


I love the denim shirt with skirt look-especially a sparkly skirt! This is J. Crew Resort 2012:


This is one of my favorite shirts-just as easy to throw on as the classic button down, it features a lightweight fabric and charming chambray stripes:


2 of my favorite bloggers model the look well:
Emily from
I LOVE chambray with white pants! (Samantha of Could I Have That).


  1. Fash Boulevard says: January 12, 2012

    aren't they just so chic and effortless. love them. adore this post, hun. if you get a second, I'd love to hear what you think of my Gossip Girl inspired look. xo

  2. Rebecca says: January 12, 2012

    I think my favorite look is the chambray shirt with the white pants. I love the contrast and it stays far away from the "canadian tuxedo" look.

  3. Carly {a simple affair} says: January 12, 2012

    I just got one and could not be happier with it! I paired it with my new plum skinnies, but can't wait to test it out with looks like these! Great roundup!

    1. Christina says: January 12, 2012

      where did you get one!? i have been looking all over for one

    2. Christina says: January 12, 2012

      love this post!

    3. Jackie {York Avenue} says: January 12, 2012

      Christina I got one at Gap a few years back that I've always loved. They usually have some good options, but definitely J. Crew has some great ones they usually always keep in stock online.

  4. Sara says: January 12, 2012

    I love a great chambray shirt paired with black skinny jeans. I'm also obsessed with that stripped J.Crew skirt 🙂

  5. Pop Champagne says: January 12, 2012

    I loveee the layering with the pink sweater, I never thought that would work but seeing the picture it totally works so well!

  6. Ashley {styleash} says: January 12, 2012

    I'm obsessed with chambray! That first image & the image with the J.Crew Resort sparkly skirt are just perfect.

  7. Neris / Fashion Fractions says: January 12, 2012

    chambray shirt is definitely the most versatile piece in my closet! LOVE!


    Fashion Fractions

  8. LR {sixtwelveplace} says: January 12, 2012

    LOVE the chambray with pink- that is something I will need to work into my wardrobe ASAP!

  9. TheTinyHeart says: January 12, 2012

    Chambray is so versatile! I love it paired with the white jeans and the black pants. I'm always coming up with more ways to wear it!


  10. allumer * decor says: January 12, 2012

    so timeless, wearable and chic when paired with a skinny jean…black OR white. I'm all about the simple classic wardrobe too!

  11. rolala says: January 12, 2012

    I've been on the search for the perfect chambray shirt. I like that it's open to so many styling options!

  12. alicia says: January 12, 2012

    definitely agree with you and ashley- love it the most paired with black jeans!

  13. Leslie says: January 12, 2012

    Love the chambray shirt; it's just such a relaxed look!

  14. Tamra says: January 12, 2012

    Chambray is the shirt that goes with everything. I've been on the hunt for a perfectly fitting one for me, next stop madewell!

  15. D says: January 12, 2012

    I think Chambray with neutral colored pant and a bright accessory is my favorite way to style it.

  16. Britt+Whit says: January 12, 2012

    ooh i love the J Crew look! I have a chambray shirt and love it! i might need to pair it with a chic skirt!

    love from San Francisco,

  17. Sophie says: January 12, 2012

    ohh love the chambray. it's such a staple. i wear mine with everything.

    just found your blog and im following 🙂 x

  18. sampenner says: January 12, 2012

    Love these looks! I never think to wear a chambray shirt, but it truly does go with everything and allows you to be creative with your pants choices. Great post!



  19. Haute Eyes says: January 12, 2012

    Chambray is such a classic and timeless look!! Would love it if you could stop by my blog today and tell me what you think of my latest post! Follow me, I follow you?!


  20. Viviana says: January 12, 2012

    I love the chambray shirt paired with black skinnies! So classy.

  21. Punctuation Mark says: January 12, 2012

    I love it… it's so versatile!

  22. Jackie {York Avenue} says: January 12, 2012

    I've been searching for a new one too! I read online that the Keeper from J. Crew is good (that's the one Samantha from Could I Have That? is wearing above) but unfortunately it's backordered online. I'm hoping it comes back in stock soon!

  23. La Coquette de la Mode says: January 13, 2012

    I love this look! Especially tucked into skinny jeans or a leather skirt 🙂

    XX Kathryn

  24. Al says: January 15, 2012

    Ooooo I think I need one of those!

  25. Ivana says: January 17, 2012

    Love chambray and pink combo! Looks perfect!

    xx Ivana

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