Work That Chambray Shirt: Visible Monday

The chambray shirt and how to work it. We’ve all got one in the closet: the classic chambray button-down shirt. The plain-weave fabric was originally made in France, but of course, and is the origin of the term “blue collar.” We women borrowed it from the guys back in the 1940‘s, and no regrets.

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You can find a chambray shirt in dozens of cuts and price points. This one is my favorite: a simple slim cut with a narrow collar and patch pocket. I roll up the sleeves most days, especially these 85-degree days! I found this Banana Republic chambray shirt at a thrift shop for under $10, and it’s a brilliant bargain.

Style tip: open the neckline wide and pop that collar for a feminine, chic look.

A chambray shirt goes with everything, naturally, and today I dressed it up with a swooshy black tulle skirt. Add some sentimental jewelry, and you’ve got a modern mix of casual and dressy. I often wear wedge sandals with this look, but today I went with my new, love-them, Steve Madden oxfords.

The beaded necklace was made by a friend, and the vintage stone bracelet is a gift from Sandy, from Citizen Rosebud‘s Etsy shop. The best cheap red lipstick is “Red Velvet” by Wet and Wild, it’s under $5.
The chambray shirt served as a sun cover at the local Pride Festival. I think I’m standing in front of Andy Warhol 😊.

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    • Good morning, Amber, and thanks for coming over. Your pale pink cardigan is just lovely – the whole Fall look is polished and smart! xox

  1. Love the way you have styled the chambray shirt. It’s a must have in every wardrobe, such a versatile piece and it’s great the way you have styled it in both scenarios. Enjoy your week!

    • Thank you Alison and I hope you’re having an enjoyable week as well! And thanks for supporting Visible Monday, I appreciate you. xox

  2. Both looks are super cute, Patti, especially with the tulle skirt! Love the story of chambray as well. Gotta get me some red sneakers!
    Have a great week,
    xx Darlene

    • Thanks so much, Darlene, for your kind words and for linking up! Love your Autumn yellow sweater and those cool wide leg jeans, xox.

    • Good morning, Cheryl and thanks for coming over! Your knit-on-knit outfit is exactly what I’d like to wear in the Fall – cozy and calm. xox

  3. I don’t have a chambray shirt! I had one freshman year in high school, and I beaded the back with a sun motif. I traded it with BFF Allison for her completely patched jeans, which ended up as the genesis of my crazy quilt (that I’m still patching). I guess that worked out well for me.
    Chambray blue is kind of a meh color for tops for me, which is why I don’t have one. I prefer dark denim.

    • I love the history of your crazy quilt, Anne! Thanks for linking up, and sharing the Bauhaus and your cool socks/shoes, xox.

  4. I had no idea that’s where the term blue collar worker originated from. Live and learn.

    This is another brilliantly chic outfit. Those shoes really make it.

    I have to mention your hair is looking particularly fabulous here.


    • Thank you my friend, and thanks for linking up your great adventure. I hope your week is going brilliantly. My hair is being helped by a fun blonde topper that makes me look truly blonde again – thanks for the kind words! xox

    • Hello, Mireille, and thanks for linking up! You look fresh and pretty in your cropped white jacket – a great transitional piece. xox

    • Thanks, Kim and thanks for linking up – I can see how very busy you are! Best to you in your new home, I know you will bloom. xox

    • Good morning, Jess and thanks for coming by. I love your released-hem jeans and those fab snakeskin booties! xox

    • Thanks, Amy and thanks for linking up. Your daughter and grandchildren are beautiful, and so cheerful to see first thing on a Monday morning! xox

  5. Patti,
    What a fun look!
    A chambray shirt should be in everyone’s closet!
    You are so right about it being versatile!
    Come join our link up party today!

    • Good morning, Robin and thanks for coming by! I love your wide-leg plaid trousers for Fall, xox.

    • Yeah me too – loving versatility in a piece of clothing! thanks for coming by and sharing your football wisdom – respect! xox

    • Thanks Julie and thanks for coming over! Your Madewell sweater is cozy and delightful! xox

    • Yes I remember your tulle skirt, so inspirational. I’m sorry to hear IG is giving you trouble with numbers; it’s hard to “trust” the numbers that big tech spits out. Keep being your fabulous self, pls, xox.

    • Thanks Nancy and thanks for participating. Love all the great plaid at your place today! xox

  6. Patti, I love how chic you look in your chambray shirt and tulle skirt! Your mix of “casual” and “fancy” is fun and sassy–just like you. 🙂


    • Thank you, Sherry and thanks for sharing your amazing made-from-napkins new top! You have mad skillz, xox.

  7. I love a good chambray shirt, and it looks fabulous with your tulle skirt! Those shoes are amazing!

    Joining you with a bright orangey-coral outfit shortly – thank you so much for hosting “Visible Monday”!

    • Hello Sheila and Happy Birthday to you!! Thanks for linking up and sharing your always-fabulous outfits, xox.

    • Thank you, Vale, and how beautiful are you in your print dress with white booties! xox

    • Hi Heather and thanks for linking! I’m enjoying learning more about FASHOM from your post, xox.

    • Thanks Ellibelle, and thanks for coming by. You look warm and cozy in your green sweater! xox

    • Hi Rena and thanks for linking up. Love, love the pale pumpkin spice you’re showing today. And a hot cup of it would be lovely too. : > xox

  8. You’re right, Patti, it goes with everything. And I don’t have one in my closet. At least I have found it yet. I luv it with the tulle skirt and oxfords. What could be better than that?! You rock.

    • Thanks Pao. Love your almost-demure navy look today and the shoes are outrageously good. xox

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