Styling Chambray Now and Later

Happy Tuesday ladies. With fall underway, I want to share a transitional item you can wear in many ways. Clothes that work for multiple seasons make it easier to organize your wardrobe which streamlines your choices when you get dressed each day. Chambray may only bring up visions of warm summer days for you, but I wear mine all the time so today I’m sharing how I style chambray for fall…and all year round.

For fall I like to combine chambray with medium to heavier weight fabrics. I’m wearing it here with two shades of denim, layered over a favorite white tee. Chambray doesn’t look appreciably different from very fine weave denim shirts so I wear mine interchangeably. It’s fun to fold back the cuffs of the shirt over the jacket cuff which showcases both colors.

Here I topped it with a Velvet Blazer here and added a fun vintage broach at the neck. Unique treasures and accessories like this pin add such a distinctive look to your outfits.

Other fun pins

Chambray is available at all price points and never goes out of style. Since it’s been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember, I am willing to spend a bit more on it to get the wash and style I want.

It’s perfect over simple white shorts or worn open over a sundress. I love my chambray in simple, classic shapes but it’s available in any shape to fit your style. I bought my first chambray dress this summer which I have been wearing non-stop…but of course we have no photos of it:) #Murpy’sLawcahmbray shirt styled for fall with velvet jacket

Have fun with your chambray.

  1. Combine it with dressier textures to dress it up.
  2. Chambray works as a neutral with all colors.
  3. Layer it over a tee shirt dress.
  4. Wear it buttoned under a pullover.
  5. Layer it under a cardigan.
  6. Wear it with black or colored denim.
  7. Wear it open in place of a denim jacket.
  8. Tie at the waist over a skirt or dress.

This month Cindy from Cindy Hattersley Design and I are joined by Sandra who writes Apart From My Art, you will love her as much as we do! Let’s go say hello and see how they are styling their chambray.

Do you wear chambray in the fall?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel fabulous and confident.

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  1. Mary Ann Pickett
    September 16, 2020 / 6:10 am

    That looks so cute with the brooch at the neck…I need to remember that. I love that you say chambray never goes out of style! And I love that it’s so washable. Great post.

    • Jennifer
      September 16, 2020 / 7:21 am

      Thanks Mary Ann!

  2. Lauren
    September 15, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    I love the velvet jacket and chambray shirt! You look fabulous!

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks Lauren

  3. Lin
    September 15, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    Love your style. You are me all the way.

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much

  4. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    September 15, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    I need to find a replacement for the well worn, well loved chambray shirt that was part of my wardrobe for years!

    I love these collaborative posts! It’s fun seeing three different takes on the same item.

  5. Carrie
    September 15, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    I purchased a chambray linen blouse as well as a pinstripe chambray shirt dress this summer, they aren’t really me although I got lots of compliments from my husband, the only person who saw me wearing them, ha ha. I don’t own any denim other than an Eileen Fisher denim chore jacket that is currently too tight 😬. I have never found a pair of jeans that look good on me and believe me I’ve tried.
    You on the other hand look fabulous in denim. I really love the dressier look you show with the velvet jacket and brooch. Hmm Maybe I will take my chambray linen shirt out of Summer storage and recreate something similar to wear this fall. What is the rule on wearing linen past labour day? Is there a rule? I also had bought a lovely sage linen blouse that I just packed away too that I thought of keeping out…

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 3:21 pm

      Rules are made to be broken:) I base it on the temperature

  6. Penelope
    September 15, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    Love chambray. I like to wear a nice chambray shirt with white linen or cotton in warm weather, and tan wools and tweeds in winter.

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks for the idea…I don’t think I have every paired mine with linen! I’ll try it next summer

  7. beth byrd
    September 15, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    I must comment that you look so happy in your photos! I see that the time you’ve spent with your daughter has been wonderful!

    I recently purchased a Chambray shirt — love how you’ve paired it with the vintage pin — I will definitely try that look!

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 3:19 pm

      She makes me laugh:)

  8. Eve
    September 15, 2020 / 12:19 pm

    I developed my affection for chambray shirts and jeans when I joined the navy, compartment cleaning is a new service persons chores for a little while and this is the uniform. The legs were belled at the bottom back then. We weren’t supposed too but I hear some threw their navy blue uniform jacket over this to run off base to a store. 😊 It looked good.

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      I can see that looking very good:)

  9. Kay
    September 15, 2020 / 11:51 am

    Thanks for introducing me to Sandra. Most of you blogger youngsters are not as old as I am, so I’m thrilled to find one who is older! I look forward to reading more of her wisdom.

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 3:15 pm

      She is amazing!

  10. Linda
    September 15, 2020 / 9:38 am

    Great ideas to be considered for fall!

  11. Dianne🇨🇦
    September 15, 2020 / 8:59 am

    You look so great in everything in this post.
    I simply love the velvet blazer paired with the vintage pin!
    Your hair looks so great in that photo too.

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 9:25 am

      Thanks Dianne. I wish my hair looked like that today 🙂

  12. cyndi
    September 15, 2020 / 8:30 am

    I live in chambray and denim – so comfy and fits my lifestyle. I’m loving the broach at the neckline. I’m going to try it!

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 9:26 am

      It’s perfect for my lifestyle too! I can never have too much chambray.

  13. Lynne
    September 15, 2020 / 8:03 am

    I think this why I fell in love with the style of Ralph Lauren. He elevated chambray and denim to new levels in fashion. ( I even had our bedroom styled in layers of chambray and denim at one time. )

    Jennifer you wear this look so well! Thank you for bringing it back to the forefront for your readers!

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 9:29 am

      I’m a huge fan of the way Ralph Lauren does it too. The relaxed, yet pulled together look really appeals to me. A bedroom in that style would be soooo fun!

    September 15, 2020 / 8:01 am

    DO we know where that word came from…….CHAMBRAY?
    Hope you are well and how BIG is THAT GRANDSON NOW?

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 9:30 am

      He is almost up to my shoulders!! He’s growing like a weed! I don’t know where the word came from. I’ll look it up.

  15. Linda Henderson
    September 15, 2020 / 7:56 am

    I really enjoyed your chambray looks. Very nice.

  16. Vanessa
    September 15, 2020 / 7:44 am

    I love my chambray! Could wear it everyday. Never thought to dress it up though.

  17. Sandra Sallin
    September 15, 2020 / 7:28 am

    Hey Jennifer. Thanks for inviting me to join you in our chambray denim love. I see we’re all on the same page. Chambray dressy and chambray everyday. You always have something insightful to add to your styling of clothes. Chambray certainly looks great on you in all it’s iterations. Always enjoyable seeing you. Rock on!

  18. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    September 15, 2020 / 7:13 am

    Just LUV the look of the Velvet Jacket outfit! Maybe its because blue is my favorite colour? Then Teal, and finally Green. Feel more comfortable wearing those shades than any thing else. Thanks for ideas for this coming Fall!!

  19. Rose
    September 15, 2020 / 5:59 am

    I feel like I have worn chambray my whole life! Jeans are such a staple for all of us now and denim shirts go perfectly with them. I love your vintage pin idea and I will be looking through mine, some lovely ones that were my Mom’s.

  20. cindy
    September 15, 2020 / 5:50 am

    Love the idea of pairing it with a blazer and a vintage pin. It’s funny I feel like a chambray or denim shirt is part of my uniform. You are totally right about spending more on a denim shirt. There is nothing I wear more except maybe a pair of jeans!

  21. Francesca B.
    September 15, 2020 / 5:04 am

    Love Chambray! Love the velvet jacket too! You look adorable in it. Going back to things I have already in my closet I have a corduroy J Crew jacket in camel that goes well with it too from yesteryear, yeah! I love silver and leather necklaces with chambray and chunky hand knitted cardigans. Happy day Jennifer 🙂

    • Jennifer
      September 15, 2020 / 8:41 am

      I sure miss knitting. Maybe one day my hand will work again.

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