The Ultimate Guide to Wearing a Chambray Shirt


UPDATE (Feb 27 2013): If you like this article – you should ‘Like’ Confessions of a Product Junkie’s brand new Facebook page to get updates when there are more fashion how to’s and articles like this one.

Chambray and denim shirts have been popular for quite a few seasons now, and for good reason. They are, hands down, one of the easiest trends to wear. They’re also the glue that ties many other spring trends together (as you’ll see in this guide).

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the chambray. Some of my favorites are from J Crew (I have this one), Lauren by RL and Urban Outfitters.

More options…

However, I’m sad to see that many women have avoided purchasing a chambray because they’re just not sure how to wear them. That’s where I come in. Because one of the questions I get asked most often is how to pull off the chambray (or I get asked how to wear other things and the answer is always “with a chambray!”), I decided it was time to put together a guide. So here are my tips for wearing a chambray or denim shirt. Enjoy!

Image on left via See Jane. Image on right is me.

So if you add one thing to your wardrobe this spring, make it a chambray or denim shirt. In fact, make it two – because if you follow these tips for wearing yours, you’ll get so much use out of it that you’ll want to own both.

UPDATE (Feb 27 2013): If you like this article – you should ‘Like’ Confessions of a Product Junkie’s brand new Facebook page to get updates when there are more fashion how to’s and articles like this one.

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Any suggestions on where to find a more fitted chambray shirt? I have a loose one, but looking for one that looks good tucked in.

See my hint below to bring it in a bit ~ Page


The J Crew shirts tend to be more fitted. (Unless you get a boyfriend-style one). Or Forever 21 has some more fitted ones. The snaps instead of buttons that Forever 21 shirts have don't work well on me, so that's why I didn't suggest it in this post… But they work on other people! It's all personal preference. Good luck in your search for the perfect chambray!


Awesome guide Sarah! Loved this post. :)

Now I'm actually going to take my chambray out from the back of my closet. Thank you!

I love this post. I have been looking for a chambray shirt that fits me well but haven't seem to come across one yet. Now that I've said goodbye to my maternity clothes, I'm trying to re-establish my wardrobe with practical and "appropriate" pieces. I really want to try the idea of belting it and wearing it like a cardigan.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Great post – I'm so behind on getting one of these shirts!

Thank you so much for posting this! Last week I bought this chambray (link below) and am loving it! I can't wait for our Oregon weather to improve so I can wear it with a summer dress!

Great collection! I wear my denim shirt all. the. time. and I think I need a second one so I can mix it up a little–but I also need to branch out with how I wear them! This is a great collection of ideas, thanks!

P.S. Fun (sort of) meeting you at the Portland Bloggers event last night!

i LOVE chambray too–it goes with literally everything!

p.s. I love coming across other Portland bloggers! Who knew there were so many of us?? :)

I had two Chambray shirts and I threw them both away. Wish I hadn't. :(

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There is a great one in the new CAbi colletion.

Anybody know where I can find one of these in Canada or more specifically in Manitoba, Canada?

Joe Fresh had them at loblaws. And winners always has a few in stock.

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Unbuttoned, tied at the waist, with a black cami tank underneath = a more fitted look. Then turn up the cuffs and pop the collar to dress it up.

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Thanks for this post !!! I have recently purchased a chambray and havent had much luck styling it in a way Im loving yet but i'm def. going to give your suggestions a try

Thanks for these tips!! =)

27 Feb 2013, 7:48pm
by Jenna Tipton


I found a cute one from old navy. I wear it with black tights and leopard flats for a casual look.

I have a mini dot chambray shirt from Old Navy and am always looking for more ways to wear it. Thanks for the style tips!

I have been looking for one for a long time and finally found a very fitted and soft quality chambray shirt from Cloth & Stone.

7 May 2013, 12:22am
by SweetFlirtyFashion


I really love love LOVE this post!! It knocks the versatility of Chambray shirts RIGHT on the head!! I hope you don't mind, but since it was such a great and thorough post, I want to mention it in my blog about Chambray shirts (I will post it by noon tomorrow!). hope you check it out! :))



Love this! I saw some other suggestions at Unique Indie as well, thanks for posting!

Some other suggestions:

oh well nice.. I am getting one clothes on. that's the reason why i am loving it.

Thanks for the tips…

I have been looking for this kind f stuff. I had this kind of shirts, skirts and denims but I don't know how to pair it. I don't know <a rel="follow" style="color:#333333;text-decoration:none;"href="">how to wear colored jeans. I had read the whole thing and thank you for sharing your wonderful style tips.

I'm looking forward that you will write or share more about this kind of stuffs.

Wearing a chambray or denim shirt was so cool to feel with.I already tried many of this since the time I visit this site and I look more good.

thank you! i have bought one weeks ago and still didnt know what to do with it, now i do!

Great collection! I wear my denim shirt all. the. time. and I think I need a second one so I can mix it up a little–but I also need to branch out with how I wear them! This is a great collection of ideas, thanks!

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A basic chambray shirt is an absolute must for any wardrobe. The options are endless. Love the post Sarah.


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