How to Wear a Chambray Shirt

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I love a good chambray shirt outfit! A button down chambray shirt is such a classic wardrobe staple. It’s definitely a must have. One of the things I love about them is how versatile they are. The same shirt can be worn with slacks to work and over a bathing suit with shorts to the beach. I’m all about pieces that can do double duty and a chambray shirt does that and THEN SOME.

The Perfect Chambray Shirt

While I always like a good deal, one area I’m willing to invest in are wardrobe staples. Items that I know I will wear over and over, season after season are worth splurging for great quality. This chambray button down is from Nordstrom and retails for $59. The material is so soft and the fit is perfect- relaxed without being slouchy. I’m wearing it TTS in a large.

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The best Chambray shirt from Nordstrom.

Budget Friendly Chambray Shirt Option

If you’re budget conscious and want something a little easier on the wallet my pick would be this Universal Thread Chambray Shirt from Target. It retails for $28 and has a relaxed fit: goto.target.com/oqvm7O 


Target universal thread affordable chambray shirt


Chambray Shirt Outfit Ideas

White Jeans Chambray Shirt Outfit

Chambray shirt outfit with white NYDJ jeans and pink longchamp bag.

There’s nothing more classic than white jeans and a chambray shirt! This outfit is one I wear on repeat. I love the pop of color with the pink Longchamp bag but you could always be more subtle with a plain brown one. I love that this can be casual or work outfit.


Short Sleeve Chambray Shirt

It took me nearly 2 years but I FINALLY found a short sleeve chambray shirt I love AND it’s under $18! It’s soft, comfy and great quality. It definitely runs big. I’ve been a medium in tops and sized down to a small in this and there’s still room so size down. The jeans are under $20 and SO cute! They fit TTS in a 10.

Chambray shirt work outfit.


Khaki Pants with Chambray Shirt Work Outfit

Chambray shirt with khaki pants work outfit

Another cute way to wear a chambray shirt is with Khaki Pants. Always a work staple and you could totally swap the color since chambray goes with everything.

Chambray Shirt With Black Skirt Outfit

Chambray shirt with black denim skirt outfit

Denim on denim outfits are very trendy right now but I’ve never been the fan of the “Canadian Tuxedo” look. I just can’t get on board. BUT I do think this is a good compromise- pair a chambray shirt with black denim skirt to get that denim on denim look without being so matchy-matchy. If you work in a conservative environment swap the denim skirt for a pencil skirt.

With Linen Shorts

Chambray shirt with linen shorts outfit

I LOVE linen shorts- they are seriously a summer time staple for me. In fact, I have an entire blog post on how to style linen shorts. I’ve loved the Amazon Essentials ones for years and have most of the colors. Walmart also released a pair that I really like if you want more options. This outfit would also be great over a swimsuit to wear to the beach.

Open With Stripe Tee and Linen Pants

Chambray shirt with stripe tee shirt and linen pants outfit

I love a good pair of linen pants with a basic tee. Elevate the look by wearing a stripe tee with a chambray shirt open over it like a jacket. If you like linen pants I shared a BUNCH of outfits in HERE.


Chambray Shirt with Black Jeggings Outfit

I love a good pair of jeggings and this knit pair is my favorite because it’s not made of denim so they work for church and casual work environments. I actually did an entire blog post with outfit ideas for how to wear them. This look can be dressy with flats/heels or swap in sneakers for a snappy casual errands outfit.


Chambray Shirt with Olive Jeans Outfit

Chambray shirt with olive jeans and cowboy boots outfit

Olive jeans are definitely having a moment and I thought pairing them with cowboy boots would be a fun twist on a preppy staple. I have these boots in black and they are super comfortable.


Chambray Shirt With Vest Outfit

Chambray shirt with puffer vest outfit

I love a good puffer vest on a chilly day! I have a few of these Amazon ones and they look so cute layered over a chambray shirt.

Chambray Shirt With a Maxi Dress Outfit

I love wearing my chambray shirt open and tied at the waist over a maxi dress. It’s such a cute alternative to a denim jacket.

I hope you found some great ideas for styling your chambray shirt. Let me know in the comments which outfit is your favorite!


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