Chambray/Denim Shirt "Pin-spiration"

Hey there, ladies…This week on the blog, I want to show you some pictures I’ve found on Pinterest recently that have been inspiring me to put some outfits together I normally wouldn’t think of. Now pretty much every woman I know uses Pinterest, but instead of pinning 800 recipes I will never make, my primary use for it is for my style/outfit building. I will search “styling a denim shirt,” for example, or recently, I searched “styling pink Doc Martens” (pink Doc Martens post coming later…). So today’s post is about the denim shirt, a blank canvas staple in so many closets. My top from J. Crew Factory (a few years old) falls under the chambray category, as it’s not quite denim but close in color. Today I’m showing you one casual outfit and one dressier outfit, with the chambray shirt as the star.

It seems as if chambray/denim shirts (most shades, anyway) pair well with black. If I’m being honest, nine times out of ten, I will wear mine with a black jean and a leopard flat or boot. I love my shirt, though, so I wanted to think of other ways I could wear it.

A side note on this week’s pictures…I woke up to this today…

No. Just no. (I know. I CHOSE to move north, so I will stop complaining now.) So I decided only inside pictures for the week. But being honest again, I really prefer taking pictures outside due to lighting. WAY EASIER. Lesson learned, so we will have to make do with sub-par pictures this week, OK?

Here’s the first picture from Pinterest: a chambray top with a pop of color in the pant.

A really easy outfit. I like the reddish pant for holiday time, too, if you have a casual get-together to attend. I know tons of people dress up for the holidays, which is fun, but my family gatherings tend to be really super casual. Just dress it up with a little jewelry so it still feels “holiday-ish,” and this outfit would be perfect for that type of holiday occasion. 

Ladies, welcome to my basement… Now my shirt is not quite as long as the one in the inspiration picture (remember…5’11”..), and I went with my tried and true leopard flat instead of a basic camel-colored flat. Both top and pant are old pieces (over 2 years), which is why I like this outfit even better since I’m repurposing clothes instead of buying new.

Chambray top: J. Crew Factory
Corduroy pant: Target
Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff
Studs: Stella and Dot
Shoes: Target

Here’s my second Pinterest picture, this time with a dressier take on the chambray top.

This outfit is a great work or date night look, but again, when I recreated, I had dressy-casual holiday party in mind. I don’t do big earrings, so I added a statement necklace and glittery pumps.

I love the trend of buttoning the top all the way up and wearing a statement necklace underneath the collar. It doesn’t work with every outfit (believe me, I’ve failed a few times), but I like it to up the dressy factor. Again, I like this look for work (in a business casual setting), church possibly, or a dressy-casual holiday party. Hey, maybe you’re in that situation where you don’t know the dress code, and you want to find a happy medium. This outfit would be great for that occasion, too.

Top: J. Crew Factory
Skirt: The Limited (old)
Heels: Nine West (old)
Necklace: J. Crew Factory
Studs: Stella and Dot (see link above)

So moral to today’s story…Sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Pinterest is for more than recipes and kids’ bedrooms!

I will catch back up with you on Thursday when I will talk comfy sweaters again. I found another amazing one for less than $30!

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