Mini Casual Capsule Wardrobe – 4 Ways to Wear a Chambray Shirt

March 1, 2019

I’m back today with the second post in my mini casual capsule wardrobe series! If you missed my first post on Wednesday, you can read it here. I introduced my mini casual capsule wardrobe, the pieces in it, and what I will be sharing in the coming posts. I choose 13 pieces to mix and match and share a total of 10 outfits with you all. Of those 13 pieces, four of them are tops.

You know I had to pick a chambray as one of them! They are truly the ultimate wardrobe chameleon and staple. My exact one is this top from Old Navy. At $27 full price and often on sale, you cannot beat the cost per wear. It’s currently on sale for under $20!! Today I will be sharing 4 ways to wear a chambray shirt and the next three looks in my capsule wardrobe (one of them was on Wednesday’s post so you’ve already seen it). 

Mini Casual Capsule Wardrobe – 4 Ways to Wear a Chambray Shirt

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Look #1 – Chambray Shirt as an Outer Layer

A chambray top makes a great lighter, outer layer over any t-shirt. I think we often forget this as an option and reach for our actual jackets. When we do this, we loose so much versatility from our closets! I love to style flannels, chambray shirts, long dusters, and really any button up this way to truly maximize my closet. I loved the all white look as my base, but really you could have done regular jeans here too. As I mentioned in my first post, I stopped at 10 outfits for fear of boring you all, but I could have continued to mix and match and created many more. My favorite white jeans are on sale for under $25 right now!

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Look #2 – Chambray Shirt Tied at Waist

Similar to look one, wearing a chambray shirt tied at your waist is another way to wear it in a non-traditional sense. But doesn’t this outfit look better with it added than if I just worn the plain shirt and jeans? It defines my waist and adds visual appeal. The great part about using a chambray shirt as opposed to a jean jacket for this is it is way less bulky which translates to being more flattering. 

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Look #3 – Chambray and White Jeans

Styled alone, a chambray top looks great with white jeans, black jeans, or olive colored jeans. It is really fun to pick a non-blue denim to pair with the blue jean shirt. You don’t even need a jacket, but I could have done a second look with this by adding my utility jacket that is also part of my capsule. The possibilities are endless when you pick great basics! 

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Look #4 – Double Denim

Always the classic – double denim!! My main tip when doing double denim is to make sure your two denim colors are just different enough that it doesn’t look like you are one blob of jean. You want enough visual separation of color that you can tell your top from your bottom. Shop my jeans here.

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So there you have it – 4 ways to wear a chambray shirt! Which is your favorite, and did you get any new ideas? Shop everything below. 

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  • Reply LORENA March 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    You’ve made me realize that my chambray shirt still has a lot to give!

  • Reply Tina March 3, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I love all of these outfits!! You did a great job with this mini capsule!


  • Reply Hena Tayeb March 3, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Cute outfits.

  • Reply Jalisa March 3, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    What a great post! I love how versatile chambray is, which you’ve proven in all of these stylish outfits. I’m actually in the market for one. The one I had before had a subtle print and I want something solid, as it’ll be more versatile. Thanks for the inspiration, beauty, and I hope you have a great week ahead!



  • Reply Mica March 2, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    You wear your chambray shirt so well! 🙂

    I still haven’t found my perfect chambray shirt yet!

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

  • Reply Noor March 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Ooooh I really love the denim on denim look! It’s my fave of the four, but all four are amazing! 😀
    xo Noor

  • Reply Helene Goldnadel March 2, 2019 at 6:24 am

    If you ensure that you are wearing a cut that compliments your body, then there is nothing better looking and more comfortable than a denim shirt.

  • Reply Meagan Brandon March 2, 2019 at 4:32 am

    These are all great but I think my favorite is the double denim – so chic!


  • Reply Jessica March 2, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Can’t go wrong with chambray and white, such a lovely classic! So pretty on you dear!

    Jessica |

  • Reply SundayDahlias March 1, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    The chambray shirt is such a versatile classic. My fav way is look 4! You pulled off the denim on denim look perfectly!

  • Reply Laura March 1, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I love my chambray and wear it all the time, especially in the spring and summer! It’s really cute with camo tied at your waist!

  • Reply Katherine March 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I love a good chambray shirt! You styled everything perfectly!

    Katherine |

  • Reply The Fashion Folks March 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

    The chambray shirt is so chic though!! Love it with the all white and the leo. So fresh for spring! Xx

  • Reply Julia March 1, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I love the chambray shirt and all four ways you styled it!
    It’s definitely a great investment (and a great bargain!)
    Julia x

  • Reply jodie filogomo March 1, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I do consider my denim shirts a basic. They are the ones I reach for if I can’t figure out what goes with my skirt or pants. Notice I said shirts…plural?? Because I seem to have a slight addiction…ha ha!!
    But a girl must have a couple of different denim washes right??
    Have a great weekend,

  • Reply Jill March 1, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I need to wear my chambray shirt more often! Love all of this inspiration! Have the best weekend!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Reply Rachelle March 1, 2019 at 6:38 am

    A denim shirt is a must, love them and great styling.


  • Reply Rach March 1, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Chambray shirts are for sure a classic and closet must-haves! I love how you styled it!

  • Reply Merel March 1, 2019 at 5:43 am

    This denim shirt is so cute! Love it 🙂

    X Merel

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