How to Style Chambray Shirt Outfits

A chambray shirt in my opinion will always be a closet staple. They’re so effortless and easy to wear all year around. They pair well with everything you have in your closet and if you’re building a capsule wardrobe, I highly recommend adding a denim shirt to your closet. Here are a few ways I’ve been wearing mine.

How to Wear a Chambray Shirt with Jeans

canadian tuxedo style

chambray top | denim jeans | loafers

If you’re looking for ideas for how to style a chambray shirt, here are a few ways I wear my denim shirt.

One of my favorite looks is chambray shirt with black jeans. It’s a Canadian tuxedo but with a twist. The pairing of the dark wash denim and a light chambray shirt is so effortless and always chic.

evening out chambray top

denim shirt | jeans | shoes

I love pairing a denim button up with black jeans. Above I paired it with my favorite loafers, and below with heels for evening out. I love the quick shoe swap for an easy day to night chambray shirt outfit idea.

chambray shirt with white jeans

denim shirt | white jeans | samba sneakers

In the spring and summer, a chambray top always looks great with a pair of white jeans. For casual look I paired my denim button up with white denim and samba sneakers.

chambray shirt with white jeans

shirt | cardigan | faux leather pants | loafers | woven bag

I also love a chambray button up with faux leather pants and a cardigan. A great office look.

More Chambray Shirt Outfit Ideas

I can’t even remember a time when we weren’t all wearing chambray shirts. They’ve been an all season fashion staple for at least the last few years. Not all denim shirts are created equal, and this year we are also wearing them slightly differently.

how to wear a denim shirt

chambay top | shorts |birkenstock | bag | bag accessory

Pair your denim shirt with a pair of structured black shorts or birkenstock. It’s an elevated look for errands and everyday mom life.

summer style with chambray top

denim shirt | white tank | silk skirt | woven tote | sandals

In warmer months, I love wearing my chambray shirt as a layer under tanks. Above with a satin skirt and a white sleeveless top.

chambray shirt casuall style ideas

denim shirt | top | leggings | bag | sneakers

I also like to toss on my denim top over athleisure when it’s too warm for a sweater. It adds a light layer to this casual sporty look and bring in an element of color and style.

chambray shirt casual style ideas

denim shirt | tank | shorts (part of set) | birkenstock | bag

Don’t forget to pack a chambray button up on vacation. Here is how I styled mine with linen blend shorts and birkenstocks for summer.

Shop My Favorite Chambray Shirts

Max Shirt Very Light Denim Sezane

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Reign Denim Shirt Banana Republic

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Denim Western in Landrea Wash

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Find the Perfect Chambray Shirt for Your Outfits

For example, I love this cropped version. It will be great for warmer weather paired with shorts or even maxi dresses.

As I mentioned one of the most popular ways to wear a chambray button down this season is to pair it with more denim. For an updated look, go for a boxy oversized look like this.

Speaking of Canadian tuxedo, another popular style back this season is the denim skirt. Opt for a longer one with a slit, like this, not the mini skirts of our 20s. [ Here is a post on how to style a long denim skirt. ]

Another great alternative is to invest in an oversized denim shirt jacket. It’s the best of both worlds. Put your cropped or tight fitting denim jacket away this season and opt for this silhouette instead for a trendy look.

What is the difference between chambray and denim?

Chambray shirt is softer and less rugged, made with plain weave materials. While denim is designed with twill weave and is a bit more stiff—just like a pair of jeans. 

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