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:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I’m loving my 3 “cute girl” necklaces that I had to track down and buy ever since I saw Charlotte’s. Love Nancy’s. Not sure if I’ve seen yours yet.

    • Hmmm….I’ll have to make sure and wear it soon. I think it’s been on the blog, but for the life of me, I can’t remember with which outfit!!!
      We just took some camo photos this weekend!! Can’t wait to see yours!!

  • Jodie your momma looks so cool with those boots! Seventy is the new thirty!! I love all the outfits and especially your very cool belt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head Mary!!
      By updating our outfits to the more modern styles, we can certainly feel as young as our mind feels!!
      I’ll tell mom you said this—it’ll make her day!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • I really like the tip about belting a chambray shirt for a belted jacket look. Jackets are typically too bulky or unwieldy to belt, but this is a perfect solution to get that layered, fitted look. Love how it instantly transforms your airy chiffon dress for fall!
    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s such a great point Liz—the chambray shirts are definitely easier to belt!
      After creating this post, I even decided to take it on our upcoming mini vacation, due to all of the versatility it provides!! Hopefully it’ll be as good as I think–ha ha!

  • PetiteOver40

    As you know, the chambray shirt as jacket has come up for me recently in two separate photo shoots — both photographers requested that look! So, I’ve learned it’s a look that is flattering on a lot of women. I think one of the reasons why is displayed on the looks you put together for Nancy and your mom: the open front provides a lengthening line down the front. The long necklaces serve to enhance that line.

    Your look, however, is my favorite of the three because of the flattering colors of your dress and the way you’ve cinched your waist with that fabulous belt! You look so chic!! (Your mom and Nancy also look amazing–they always do!)


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I thought that was so funny when I saw your photo that Michael posted!! Was this for your beer magazine? Or is it a secret???
      Your husband has a great sense of humor, I must say—-we’re going to have a blast!
      So when they came to take these pictures for you—-they actually told you what to wear? That’s so interesting!! And how funny that I had a post about the same thing!!

  • Cathy Lawdanski

    Jodi! Love this! I am doing a summer to fall transition wardrobe piece on MySideof50 this week. Shellie from The Fabulous Journey will be talking about the Chambray Shirt as a great transition piece. I am going to link to this post for another take on the Chambray shirt. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha—funny how great minds think alike sometimes??!!
      I really appreciate the linking—-it’ll be so fun to see the different variations!!

      • Cathy Lawdanski

        Jodie – this post is my featured pick for the Over the Moon Link party!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That’s so fabulous—-you just made my day Cathy—thanks so much!!

  • Love your look!! Cute girl and owl necklace…#loving
    Look at your mom rocking cuffed jeans and ankle boots!! 😃

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Necklaces can almost be like graphic tees—they can speak volumes about you and your style!!

  • I think your outfit here is the standout for me. Probably due to the colours, although your Mom’s cute owl necklace steals the show a bit : )


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne!
      The funny thing about mom’s owls is she was collecting them before they were even big. Now it’s easy to find them. But before this it was a definite challenge!!

  • I love wearing a shirt as a jacket! Since it stays so warm here in California until the end of October, it’s the perfect way to add a light layer…

    A chambray shirt is truly one of the most versatile pieces of clothing I think (and I don’t own one!). You created great outfits! Well done!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m shocked you don’t have one Andrea!!
      In fact, I was just planning my outfits for a small weekend trip we’ll be taking, and not only am I taking my chambray shirt—I’m also going to take my chambray dress. My denim is like your black & white! 🙂

  • I don’t know that I’ve ever tried this, but I obviously need to! I’m especially loving it belted!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tara—I ‘m glad I did this post at this time, because I’m going to take this shirt on vacation now and practice what I preach!! 🙂

  • Such a great combo, looks very stylish 🙂

    -Lily Kanaya

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lily!! It was a fun post to style!!

  • These are all great outfits! A chambray is great as a jacket.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tif—that’s so nice of you to say so!!

  • Candace

    You make me want to try this look! I have a chambray shirt dress that I bet would work great with a belt and something layered underneath, especially for fall!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Candace—I love getting inspiration from others about the items we already have in our closets!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    This is my favorite way to wear denim! ‘So great for Fall! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a smart variation, IMO—I’m going to take my shirt on vaca next weekend just for this reason!!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Perfect outfits pretty! This is totally amaze-balls. Your mum is just phenomenon, my regards to her hun.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ll absolutely tell her—she’ll be tickled pink you said that!!

  • Nancy s necklace is fantastic! And your mother looks great! She looks so young! And your dress has got beautiful colors! A denim blouse is a great item to wear, I love mine!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do feel like you can wear the denim blouse almost anytime and anywhere. In fact, I’ll be taking it on our weekend trip coming up!!
      Thanks for your comments & support Nancy!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    All three of these outfits are perfect. I love that you wore a belt over the shirt and dress and by the way that maxi is so pretty. I love that it is only a maxi at the end and the underpart ends at your knees. I like the printed pants with the chambray on Nancy and Mom. It gives the outfits more pizzazz! Great looks, Jodie! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      I think that’s one of the reasons I ended up getting this maxi was because of the sheer part. That and it’s a cold shoulder design (which you can’t see with the chambray shirt over top—but I’m sure the dress will make it’s way back to the blog next summer!)
      Happy Sunday and I really appreciate your thoughts!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Once again all of you lovely ladies are rockin your chambray!!
    Jodie , the diaphanous quality of your dress’es skirt is SO pretty and a really nice contrast to the chambray and the wide funky belt!! Wide belts are trending this fall and winter. (I’m a little obsessed with cute belts) You look beautiful in these colors girl!!
    Nancy ‘s pale colors are really pretty on her but I’m craving a bit of bright , perhaps a coral bandana at the neck? The peachy shoes are really great and I LOVE those earrings!
    Charlotte’s print jeans are really cool! I also love a printed jean and the zig zag pattern here is so fun!! Charlotte is clearly enjoying a more creative look. She’s a woman I want to know!!!
    I’m not feeling the dark booties with the lighter colors in her jeans. I have a bunch of tan colored short boots and wear them often. I’d pair a tan bootie here. For our sloppy winters I actually prefer a non-leather boot because they can simply be wiped off and they maintain a no salt damaged look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a enthusiastic comment Jude!!
      I think you’re right about the dark booties with mom’s outfit—and the interesting thing? For all of the boots in her closet, she does not own a tan pair of ankle boots. She does have a beige pair and for the life of me, I’m not sure why I didn’t use those???
      Now, I’ve never thought about the salt damage—-Denver really doesn’t use salt much. At least that’s what they tell us—they use more sand because the sun ends up melting the ice & snow without the need for the chemical stuff!! And I’ve never noticed it damaging my boots—but that could also be because I’m an indoor girl, so I’m not out pounding pavement in the winter–ha ha!!

  • The maxi dress looks wonderful on you Jodie but that leather belt is WOW! Pulls it all together. Chambray is so versatile, isn’t it? You can dress it up or down.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqueline!!
      I’m glad you think the belt is good…I really vacillated on this detail, but hubby liked it, so I went with it!!

  • I really love the outfit on you Jodie! Great color in the dress, but I NEED that olive belt. Fabulous! I love a thick leather belt and it looks great as the chambray jacket. Love the necklace on Nancy, and those sexy booties on Charlotte! Nice job 🙂
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jess!
      And to think I’ve had this belt for about 5 years—with all of the olive green I’ve been purchasing lately, I have a feeling I’ll finally get a bunch of wear out of it!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I love the way that you styled your outfit, Jodie, especially the more structured top and flowy dress underneath. The belt is awesome. I’m also a big fan of Nancy’s color scheme…love the matching top and shoes with the print pants. And your mom looks great as always 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Janet!
      I really appreciate your comments and thoughts—and especially your suggestions!!
      Happy Weekend!!