Wearing Our Chambray Shirt as a Jacket

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Wearing Our Chambray Shirt as a Jacket

Quote of the day: “The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

Welcome back to the chambray shirt series. If you already have one of these blouses in your closet, then you may already realize how versatile they can be. Most of us think that denim goes with everything, so should our chambray shirts too, right? And I forgot to mention how it’s almost a continuation of our Western Wear theme from last week!!

But even better than the fact that the color will look great with any other color, is the fact that the shirt can work in different situations. Since this shirt buttons up the front, wearing it over another piece of clothing, is downright resourceful! It’s basically a denim jacket that is not as structured! This could be beneficial for those of you who love a minimal approach to your closet. Or even if your travelling—why take a jacket, when you have the chambray shirt?

Our first two attempts to style this blouse were with a skirt (here) and with a pair of jeans (here). If you have a favorite, shout it out—I love to hear your input!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I really wasn’t sure I’d get into this maxi dress trend when I first started seeing women wearing them. But I have to admit there are quite a few advantages to this item.

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I wrote an article about it for the Sixty + Me website a couple months ago if you’d like to read it here. I think one of the things I like about these items is I can imagine altering them in the future in order to make it a “normal” length dress. Of course, we’ll see if I ever do it–ha ha!Styling & Fashion for women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

I ended up belting the shirt with this look, because I felt too unstructured otherwise. Probably because the maxi is quite flowy, so I thought it’d be nice to create a waistline.

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I do love my accessories, and I know that the rules shouldn’t always apply. However, because I was wearing a belt and a sparkly headband, I thought a necklace might be too much! Thus I kept it simple (well, my version of simple at least) with just earrings & bracelet!


Dress: Charming Charlies (similar here in B & W, or here in coral-for $5 if there are any  left)~~Top as Jacket: Boden (similar here on sale, no less!)~~Shoes: Stuart Weitzman-thrifted (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here sorta!)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Headband: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For me, when I’m putting together an outfit with a jacket, I like to consider the possibility of how it all looks if I decide to remove the jacket (just in case those hot flashes decide to visit, you know?). Thus this look would be great in the summer months too without the chambray shirt!

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Nancy & I named this the “cute girl” necklace. My mom bought one for each of us, so don’t be surprised if you see it pop up on all of us! Since the necklace has some sparkles to it, we even went for dressy earrings!

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I think this melon shirt is a great color to add lightness to these ankle pants. And then, of course we picked out the orange sandals to match.


Pants: J.Jill (similar here in a blue floral)~~Shirt as Jacket: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here with a high-low hem~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here a little flatter)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here a 3 pack!)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: You can really tell I had the same idea in mind when I styled both Nancy’s & mom’s looks! I had them both wear print pants and long necklaces! I think I’ve said it before, but I usually like a long necklace with an open vest or jacket. It seems to keep the lines vertical??

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And of course, there’s another owl accessory to be featured. One of these days, I should count how many mom has accumulated—you’d be shocked, I’m sure!

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And since the owl necklace was wood based, I continued that theme with mom’s earrings.

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I did vary the styles with the footwear choices, though. Since we are starting to have a little chill in the air, I had mom put on her ankle boots. Usually she wouldn’t cuff the jeans, but if you don’t, you can’t appreciate the fact that she’s wearing ankle boots!


Jeans: LOFT (similar here in a large only)~~Shirt as Jacket: Gap-thrifted (similar here– Kohl’s really wins with the price & selection)~~Top: Anvil (similar here)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here with feathers)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Throwing on your denim shirt over top another shirt or dress, works perfectly. It’s basically a lightweight denim jacket that then can be worn as a blouse! Talk about versatility for this piece of clothing!

Thank you for reading and enjoy your day!

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Since the theme is your chambray shirt as a jacket, here’s “real” jean jackets to consider:

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