Chambray in a New Way

by Jessica Sturdy on May 1, 2013

When it comes to tops, my wardrobe is full of woven button-front shirts. You may hear them called “button downs,” but a true button down is when the collar is actually buttoned down to the shirt. Fun Fact! Any who, my tiny little closed is packed to the brim with those shirts that have collars and buttons on the front of them. I tend to always opt for gingham and chambray so I’ve been working to incorporate more silk blouses (ya know, the basics) into my collection. And by “working,” I mean shopping. At Marshalls. Obviously.

I saw this pretty muted mint blouse and immediately added it to my cart. My real shopping cart, not those online ones that are filled to capacity with no way of ever purchasing it all without winning the lottery. I knew this sleeveless blouse would quickly become a spring and summer staple in my wardrobe.

As for this lovely polka dotted chambray shirt, I may or may not have an addiction. Yes, I do already own 5+ chambray shirts (different washes, people!), but I did not own a polka dot variation. But hey, it’s Marshalls and it’s a bit easier to justify your purchases when everything is way under full price! It’s a shopaholics dream come true. :)

I’ve worn my chambray shirts in just about every way imaginable… Tied up over a sequin skirt, under a sweater (and here, and here, and here), on it’s own, as a canadian tuxedo, under a sequin tee (and here), with leggings and a fur vest, tucked into a pencil skirt without tights (and with tights here), tied up over a maxi skirt, tucked in to an a-line skirt, under a blazer, buttoned over a tee, open over a graphic tee, open over a sequin tank, with a leopard hat, with a glitter belt… YOU NAME IT, I’ve worn it.

I decided to do a little experimenting! Yes, I have worn a chambray shirt open over many of tops, but I’ve never tied up the ends to make my chambray into a lighter-weight denim jacket/cardigan of sorts. So here you have it… A new way to wear chambray!

Outfit Deets: All pieces found at Marshalls!

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Photos: Hallie Wilson

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanna May 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

I LOVE this idea!! Perfect for spring. I love those shoes too!



Jennifer May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

I love this outfit. Definitely a nice weekend outfit.


Rachelle May 1, 2013 at 8:02 am

Great idea, love those heels I have the exact same.



Hallie @ corals + cognacs May 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

Brilliant! Totally copy-catting you to try this next time I wear chambray. :-)


Jennifer P May 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

So so cute!! Who makes those shoes?


Jessica Sturdy May 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Just sent you an email, Jennifer! :)


Nodisha May 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

Yes, those shoes are awesome. You look great as usual. Send me deets on the shoes too please


Amanda May 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

They look like the Rebecca Minkoff’s that I’ve been wanting. Can I get details, too??



Kris May 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

Totally genius! I am so going to give some new life to my chambray shirts!


Star White May 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

Lovin this creativity! I’m all for mixing up current items in my closet to create something ‘new’ and fresh!



anngelik May 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

I love that polka dot shirt and also your shoes, I was about to buy them and I regret not getting them now.



Alyssa May 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

So cute! Love the new way of tying it :)


Tasia of Ruffles & Sequins May 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

Such a cute idea! Great way to make a faux jean jacket out of a chambray shirt if you don’t have one 😀


Lauren May 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

Such a unique idea! I would have never thought of this but will definitely be giving it a try.


pretty little things May 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

very cute — love how you made it into a jacket! xo


Kylie Rae May 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

Such a creative and fun way to wear a chambray shirt! I’ll have to try it myself :)

xo, Kylie Rae
Shimmer Me Pretty


Chelsea May 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

I love this outfit Jessica! The way you tied the your chambray is so much fun and your mint shirt is perfect.

Chelsea & The City


OhBuoyBoston May 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Love the outfit, and the creativity with the chambray shirt!

– Lindsey & Amanda


Sarah May 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Beautiful outfit!

The Purse Snatcher


Rose May 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I think your plethora of posts is helping convince me I need a chambray shirt. I need to suck it up and learn to make a collar work on me, finally!


Jessica Sturdy May 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Yes, just suck it up and do it! I have a tight (on me) chambray that you can borrow to play around with before you buy! :)


Rose May 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

That might have to happen!! 😀


Rebecca {at} PreppyPanache May 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

LOVE the dotted chambray! :)


Crushing On Clothes May 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I would have never thought to tie it up at the sides, that is genius! I love the polka dots, they’re the perfect print and color combo :)



Meg May 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Umm…totally stealing this idea (after I pin it!).
What a clever way to make your shirt look more like a jacket!


michelle May 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

this look is so cute! your marshalls must be a lot nicer than mine because i NEVER find anything good at mine and the people that work there are so horrible!


Jessica Sturdy May 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Oh no! I’ve been going to the one on 6th Ave in NYC.


Nicole May 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Absolutely LOVE the mint green blouse! Adorable.


Lara May 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Love the look! Can’t believe you got 100% of the outfit at Marshall’s! Gotta love that store. Those shoes are amazing.

xox Lara


Kayla May 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

This is so cute! I love it! Love how you knoted the ends! : )



Suzell May 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Great outfit. I have the same shoes from Marshalls! Found them on clearance for $32 this weekend and they were the PERFECT addition to my outfit for my nieces’s communion.

For those asking, they are BCBG.


Jessica Sturdy May 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Thanks! These actually aren’t BCBG.. They must have a similar pair!


Danielle May 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

yay for taking fashion risks! I love the look. And seriously, the sheer tops at marshalls are SUCH a steal! xx!


Ashley May 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Chambray is the best go-to for something easy to wear! Great look!


Mamalina May 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Oh, I love the sandals! And the dotted shirt is lovely! You look amazing!



Silver May 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Wow, I’ve never thought of tying knots in the corners of my chambray shirt! Great inspiration for sure! Happy Wednesday!


Julie May 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I LOVE the polka dot denim! Then again I am a polka dot addict! <3



Stacey May 2, 2013 at 3:05 am

Such great finds! I love the polka dot chambray! Last summer I didn’t own a denim jacket so I used my chambray shirt in place of one all the time!


Five Minute Style 


amy May 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

I love how you tied the chambray shirt. It definitely gives it a ‘jacket’ feel. Love this look!


Fashion and Beauty Finds


Pallavi D. May 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Love the shoes, and have been looking for a pair just like that! Who makes them?!


Lisa - respect the shoes May 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Cute knotting idea! You look chic and ready for spring!


AJ May 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Interesting idea! I think you rock this, that mint top is perfect.



Kelly May 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

You look so cute, Jessica! Love those sandals… Never thought I’d wear silver, but you’re making me love it! :)




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