Chambray Shirt 1 (With a Skirt)

 Styling & Fashion for women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Chambray Shirt for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Paired with a Skirt

Quote of the day: “Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”  – Carl Sandburg

Is it a chambray shirt or a denim shirt? Does it really matter what you call it, as long as it looks jeanish and fits wonderfully? You know the saying, a rose by any other name….

This week I’m showing our chambray shirt styled 3 ways on the three of us. I have to think that this blouse can be quite the staple for anyone’s outfit. Especially if you love being more casually dressed, it can work in quite a few outfits. Since it’s basically denim, that means it goes with anything, right? And  since denim is everywhere in these times—it’s an easy choice!

As you can see in the collage above, our chambray shirts range from a light wash all the way to a darker wash. Since the weather isn’t really cold yet, we rolled up the sleeves in most of our outfits. Nancy’s shirt has 3/4 length sleeves—perfect for those of you with shorter arms!

I started this series with a slightly dressier look—by pairing the shirt with a skirt.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My husband and I met some friend in the RiNo part of Denver for lunch on this day!

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This painted wall was so perfect for pictures.  Even Judith of the Style Crone shows off one of her outfits at another part of this same wall on Instagram!

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The bracelet was made by one of my friends who dabbles in making jewelry with beads! Then the necklace & matching earrings I chose for this outfit to add some print!

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Since I had already styled mom & Nancy in print skirts, I wanted to show my chambray shirt with a solid colored skirt. Considering the skirt is quite voluminous and long, I wore some taller heels and tied the shirt at my waist.


Jodie’s Skirt: Coverii (similar here in khaki or here in linen)~~Top: Boden (similar here on sale, no less!)~~Shoes: Sam & Libby-thrifted (similar here not as high)~~Necklace: (similar here with coins or here with crystals)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I’ve commented before how Nancy doesn’t love to tuck shirts in since she’s short waisted.

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But since this skirt sits lower on her waist, I thought it worked pretty good in this case?

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We accessorized with a necklace that fell inside the collar of the chambray shirt, unlike mine which I place on the outside. We went with brown jewelry since the skirt has browns in it!

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Nancy’s shoes are a beige fabric wedge heel, which are quite comfortable for her! If you like to be safe with your shoes, the nude variety could be a good choice.


Nancy’s Skirt: The Limited (similar here with red in it)~~Top: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here with a high-low hem)~~Shoes: Blowfish (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here double stranded)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom has a skirt like the one I wore here, that is asymmetrical in the hemline.

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We can’t remember who had their skirt first, but as long as we don’t wear them at the same time, we’re fine! Ha ha!

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The material she used for her skirt comes all the way from Scotland!

With all of the blue in mom’s outfit, I thought the brown heels and accessories might be the way to go.

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We actually left off a necklace on purpose, in order to try to show some restraint and variety. And because of this, we picked some larger earrings!


Charlotte’s Skirt: Mom made (similar here it’s out of my price range, but the only asymmetrical long one I could find)~~Top: Gap-thrifted (similar here– Kohl’s really wins with the price & selection)~~Shoes: Calico (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here as a tassel)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Thank you for reading and enjoy your day!

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In case the original chambray shirts don’t float your boat, I found some other varieties:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Oh, chambray and denim shirts and tops! Love them. Universally flattering and so versatile. Very appealing in each outfit. Particularly love your skirt and Charlotte’s. Your jewelry is beautiful. I think your shirt would also look darling with your leopard print shift! Would also love Charlotte’s ensemble with booties and Nancy’s with sneaks! So many possibilities!

    • Want to hear a secret—I gave away that leopard shift! It was just so unflattering on me, and I’m trying to pare down my closet!! But I have plenty of other leopard–ha ha!! So your idea will not go by the wayside!!
      I love my chambray shirts—would it be embarrassing to admit that I have 3 in different washes?? Or maybe 4? Eeekkk!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        Not embarrassing. Me too. (I WANT your necklace and earrings. Pretty, pretty, pretty. Would wear them all the time.)

        P.S. Just bought a camo print neck scarf and both black and green camo print RBX sport capris. Thought of you. Still on with camo in August?

        • Absolutely still on for camo in August!! In fact, I just threw my shorts in the wash, so they’d be ready!!

  • These may be my favorite outfits! You all look smashing and happy, and the chambray works for you all. xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Patti!! What’s not to be happy about? Life is short—enjoy it, right?

  • Amy D. Christensen

    These outfits are so cute! I love the skirt choices that you picked for each shirt. All the accessory choices were perfect for each outfit too! I don’t know how you do three outfits for every post, girl! You are amazing! Keep up the great looks. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy—
      I don’t really have a “day job”, so it does make it easier to style the 3 of us!! ha ha!!

  • dan

    What a beautiful quotation, Jodie! And how much truth in it…
    I love your today’so look and especially your t-bar shoes!
    Denim adds a very nice casual touch to a classic look, I have a similar shirt in my closet too…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I just love quotes Dan—to me there can be a lot of truth and smarts in just a couple sentences!! My friend often emails me quotes she gets from a calendar if she thinks they are appropriate—and this was one of them!
      Thanks for your lovely compliments!

  • A chambray top is one of the top 3 items that I LOVE wearing! It looks great with everything!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really does!! I feel like if you have a skirt that you don’t know what will go with it—just pick your chambray shirt—it’s a sure bet!!
      Thanks for stopping by—how was vaca?

  • I really love the color, sea green/ of your midi skirt and the crepe fabric(?) Wonderful proportions with the chambray top tied and those sexy t strap shoes..:_0 Love the asymettical plaid skirt as well. Ladies, looking good!!
    have a great day!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      My skirt is a crepe fabric—man you’re good!!
      And you already know that I’m a shoe girl!!

  • The Coverii skirt looks lovely and interesting how you styled it with the denim shirt. I like your heels as well, gives it a nice modernity to the whole outfit. Take care,

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Madison!!
      I bought this skirt at a local boutique about a year ago. Unfortunately the boutique went out of business! 🙁

  • I love a chambray shirt paired with an a-line skirt. Yes, they can bring a country-western vibe to an outfit, but as you’ve shown here, the skirt really shapes the feel of the outfit. So the chambray shirt works just like a basic tee or blouse. So versatile! I adore your look with the t-strap heels and midi skirt. So classically feminine and chic! Definitely a look I’d like to replicate with pieces in my own closet!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally forgot to mention that the chambray shirt is along the lines of the western theme that I did last week!! (that’s old age for you!)
      But is has gone quite mainstream—you see it everywhere now!
      And you’re right…I could totally see you in my look—we could be twinsies!!

  • Three lovely gals, three lovely looks!!! I especially LOVE Charlotte’s tartan asymmetrical skirt! I would buy that!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t my mom’s skirt so fun?
      Thanks so much for the kind words Carmen—I really appreciate it!

  • PetiteOver40

    I love chambray/denim shirts for exactly the reason you mentioned — they’re so versatile! All three of you show off how well these tops can be dressed up with skirts. You look fabulous! I think my favorite accessories might be yours because I would never have thought to wear a necklace out around the collar like that, but I really like the look! (It has a Western feel to it, hearkening back to last week’s posts!) And I ADORE your mother’s skirt — PLAID! 😍😃


    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom has quite a few plaid skirts!! That she made, of course!! But she’ll be wearing a different one for our project!!
      I really like the necklaces on the outside too—check back tomorrow, because that’s how I styled mom & Nancy’s!!

  • So cute! I love your a-line skirt!

    Don’t forget to swing by and join the Fashion Frenzy Linkup today! We’ll be picking our favorite outfits to feature next week!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!!
      I added my blog to the link up! Thanks so much for hosting it!

  • nikoline

    Lovely outfits on lovely ladies! Love the concept of this blog ^^.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nikoline!!

  • The ultimate wardrobe staple! I love how you all styled this. Such pretty colors and patterns with the chambray.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It really is Amy!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Candace

    I use denim and chambray interchangeably as well too…haha! Your look is my favorite this time. You picked the perfect jewelry to match. I love wearing my necklaces over my collar. It’s so chic!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Candace!!
      I love the necklaces over the collars too—in fact, mom & Nancy got that detail in tomorrow’s post!

  • Stevie Turner

    I always wondered what chambray was. Now I know – thanks for that, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I don’t know the history behind the word chambray—but I know supposedly the chambray is not as heavy as a denim shirt!!
      Thanks for stopping by Stevie!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I am fascinated by your mother’s kilt refashion. Although the construction appears to be the same as your refashioned kilt, the way in which she matched the plaid on each one makes them look decidedly different. I am so impressed!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ll tell mom you said so Janet!! She just loves being creative in her sewing room, and is always studying her Sew News magazine for new and fun things to create!!

    • Charlotte Miller

      Thanks for your comments. I found the fabric (I think-just a meter[39″]) at a rest stop in Scotland and used a pattern to create this skirt. Jodie’s was an actual kilt given to her- that I had to remove the pleats before making the shirt-as seen in earlier blog.

      • Queen of Rods

        Thank you for the details. I just love your special creations 🙂

  • Yes chambray is the best! It honestly goes with anything, all of you ladies look amazing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara—it’s almost as versatile as the white shirt, huh?

  • Kirsten Wick

    I love chambray and your outfit looks just wonderful Jodie, gorgeous look on all the ladies. Love, Kirsten x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Kristen—I really appreciate the kind words!

  • Judy Gramith

    Nancy and Charlotte will probably remember when chambray shirts were called “work shirts”. These are the classic shirts from which the term “blue collar” was derived and so they are iconic in American fashion history. Also they’re a lot like JEANS in that they continue to play a role in the wardrobes of both males and females in a variety of iterations.
    I can’t think of a time from the 1960’s on when I didn’t have one or two versions of the chambray shirt in my closet.
    As with jeans, this shirt goes with EVERYTHING!!! You lovely ladies have proven that beautifully here and I’m fairly certain that whatever stylings you craft in later posts you’ll rock that casually, classic look.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I even remember a jean shirt from probably 20 years ago, but it was the bigger, baggier version Jude!!
      It’s so fun how you know the history behind many of our items!!
      Thanks for making your comments so interesting!! I feel like a learn tons from you!!

      • Judy Gramith

        You’re so sweet to say that Jodie. I guess my background in the Social Sciences will always influence my point of view. Also I clearly can’t stop “teaching” 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          But that’s not a bad thing!! 🙂

  • I want your entire outfit!!!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Then you may have it, love!!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Gorgeous outfits, seriously loving them all pretty!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Tessy!!

  • I love chambray – I recently purchased one for my summer vacation and wore it so often!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it the greatest??? Just like jeans for the top half of our body!!

  • Laura

    I am such a fan of a chambray shirt! They are so incredibly versatile! Love the way you wore yours and your photos are amazing with the fun wall background!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I thought the wall might be too busy—but it’s a super fun change! Maybe I should paint my garage door like this—ha ha!!

  • I love my chambray shirts, I’ve worn them with everything and pretty much anything. I think Nancy looks perfectly proportioned, and I love that you really dressed yours up with the longer skirt and heels.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      At first I wasn’t sure I’d really wear mine…but I love it so much I have one in every wash—(but they were on sale!!) 🙂

  • mummabstylish

    These are all fabulous looks, I’m really enjoying the chambray shirt/dress, but still looking for one that’s suitable for me. Super blog my dear a great read. x Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqui!!

  • Three fabulous looks! I really like the color and wash of your shirt that offers more of a denim feel. Love it with your full midi skirt. I am definitely considering how I can incorporate this with my wardrobe – honestly, I already know exactly what I want to do, so thanks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny how just seeing an outfit sometimes gives up ideas for our own closets!!
      Thanks for stopping by Jennie!!

  • Kristin Kohler

    This is so cute! I really like all of these looks, and it’s really cool to see all of your personal style show through while styling a similar item.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kristin—it’s fun to have my family involved!!

  • Love the skirt with a shirt look, works so well the way these looks were styled.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mary!

  • I am a huge fan of this seafoam/teal color going on in this post! super cute looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kelsey!!

  • Love a denim shirt and think it works so well with the skirts! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    I really like all three outfits! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Marci!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Chambray is such a neutral and can be so versatile. i adore the way you tied yours up and added very feminine touches of the heels and jewelry. I laughed at “the restraint” with Mom’s no necklace look , as I struggle with that idea myself.. The good news is that being maximal is a trend for the season! Nancy is rocking the tucked in version!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yeah maximal!!
      It gets to be such a habit to grab my accessories—I really have to think in order to change it up!!

  • YES!!! I love a good chambray shirt – these are all styled so cutely!!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are super versatile, huh?
      Thanks so much for stopping by Laura!!

  • Julie Wunder

    I’m over from the Turning Heads linkup! I LOVE the concept of your blog! So much fun to make it a family affair. All of you look stunning. Such an inspiration!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Julie—what a nice thing to say!!
      Do you have a blog too?

  • I love it all! Great looks Lady s! I am really enjoying all three of you!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nancy—I really appreciate it!