Herringbone, Tweed, Chambray


Blazer: H&M; last season (similar in reg XS-L)  Pants: old LOFT  Shoes: Calvin Klein Elara
Top: J.Crew “perfect fit” tee (2010 version) in XXS  Chambray shirt: old Target

Now that mild days are officially over, I’m turning to rugged textures for comfort and warmth. I was so happy to re-discover this chambray shirt, now soft from wash & wear. I wore it to death this spring, but once hot summer days rolled around, I got wary of sweat stains (which show up on light chambray loud and clear) and put it aside for fall.

Since the elbow-patched blazer, trousers, and button-up are so “masculine,” I balanced them out with feminine jewels and leopard pumps. This Sparkling Sage jewel bib necklace (also comes in blue) was a random sample sale find a while back, and feels lightweight and a bit cheap – not worth full price, in my opinion. I kept it for the sale price because of the rich jewel tones.
I am so excited to share these affordable chambray finds with you guys. My shirt is a wardrobe favorite, and the styling and layering possibilities are endless. There are many colors of chambray out there, and in my opinion most of them are not “right.” Some are too close to denim, some are too light, and so on. In my ideal world, the perfect chambray is a softly-colored, balanced weave of denim and linen fabric. It should have a casual fit and not be snug. Here are my bargain picks:

1. Old Navy Chambray Shirt – 2 colors, available in petite, reg, & tall for $21:
*Update – No more 30% off, but use ONHURRY20 for 20% off until 12/20/11* 

This is probably going to be a pretty good seller on ON.com (unless something is cut very wrong), so get your petite sizing online because once it’s gone, it’s gone! If you can wear regular sizing, ON stores usually have better sales than online so I’d check there first.

2. Coldwater Creek Chambray Shirt – P or reg XS – Now $10.19 & free ship!

Now $10.19! Wow – $11.89 and free shipping for what looks like a classically tailored, chambray shirt? I couldn’t believe this deal. I checked out Coldwater Creek’s size chart, and a PXS/4 lists the measurements 33.5B – 26W – 33.5H…so it’s not for extra small petites unless you’re okay with a loose fit. I don’t like the blue version but the Sour Cherry and light black both look pretty good in the photos. I ordered both of those colors to check out. Returns are accepted in stores, plus if they don’t work out for me, I have a feeling Mom might like ’em : )

Readers – How do you style your chambray shirts?
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  1. Pablo wrote:

    Beautiful pictures, love them! =)

    Posted 12.29.11 Reply
  2. @Anonymous I didn't tailor it (except I do have sleeves folded under a few inches), but it may seem super fitted due to having two layers underneath.

    @sarahp Alterations Needed recently reviewed an ASOS pair of mustard jeans: http://www.alterationsneeded.com/2011/11/asos-petite-mustard-skinny-jeans.html

    Also, check J.Crew as they always seem to have something in that color!

    @Tam Thanks for the Aero tip! I do like juniors brands that don't have visible logos, unlike A&F.;

    @Carrie L Great pick! It's one of those things that I assume look better in person than on the BR model. Glad you found a chambray-esque blouse that works for you.

    @Anonymous I am new to layering myself, so I typically don't look specifically for pieces that are layer-friendly. When evaluating purchases though or comparing items, it is a bonus if it can be layered comfortably!

    @Anonymous Thank you very much for the heads up. I probably wouldn't have tried for a price adjustment if I didn't see your comment, but they were so very nice and accommodating.

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  3. Justine wrote:

    OH! and 5% cashback on ebates! woohoo!

    Posted 12.16.11 Reply
  4. Justine wrote:

    Old Navy has 20% off + Freeshipping till 12/20/11 with the code word: ONHURRY20

    🙂 Chambray shirts

    Posted 12.16.11 Reply
  5. I really like the pairing of the mustard sweater with the chambray! I'm on the lookout for a chambray, but not actively looking – I'm shopped out.

    Posted 12.15.11 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    For those considering the CWC version, there is a 40% off sale on all items with free shipping until 12/18 midnight with code BEST40.

    If you have already placed your order, but did so late last night, contact customer service and ask for 10% credit back when the order ships.

    Happy shopping!

    Posted 12.15.11 Reply
  7. Katie wrote:

    i love the blue one! i'd wear it with a big statement necklace & pillarbox red lipstick 🙂

    Katie x

    Posted 12.15.11 Reply
  8. Perfect pairing of a schoolboy look but with girly jewelry and pumps! The chambray is on my list of "craves" on my blog…I want a classic blueish one but that blackish one from CWC looks great! I just ordered and will try it out too! Can't wait to read your post about it! =D

    Posted 12.15.11 Reply
  9. Megan wrote:

    I love how you made this look so feminine! I want a chambray shirt now 🙂

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  10. Vicky wrote:

    I was wearing my AT chambray shirt yesterday. What a coincidence. The shirt is by far my most worn collared shirt. 🙂 I can't miss the great deal on the Coldwater Creek deal so I ordered both black and red color. If they turn out too big on me, I have someone to gift to. So thank you for the great tip, again.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  11. Anna wrote:

    I got the chambray shirt in black. We'll see how it turns out – thanks for the tip; it really was at a great price 😀

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  12. lin wrote:

    nice pairing, jean! i love the whole outfit and it goes so well with the background. i would have never thought of wearing a shirt underneath a tee but you're giving me great ideas. thanks! 😉

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  13. Michelle wrote:

    This look is great, Jean!! Everything matches so well!

    I love those pumps!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  14. Jenn wrote:

    I really like the lighter colored chambray shirts. Sometimes the darker ones remind too much of a dude ranch for some reason. I haven't found a good one yet, but my sister has this perfect on from J. Crew that I've been itching to steal. I love how you layered it under a sweater with the blazer!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  15. Ping wrote:

    i still need a chambray! by the time i get it, it'll be way long out of style. lol. i like how you layered the chambray under the tee too.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Hello jean! I've recently discovered layering from your blog and it's something I never would've thought of doing. Do you usually try to find button up shirts with no detail (i.e. no pockets) so that it doesn't show through when you layer it under a thin tee or sweater? or do you purposely buy sweaters in a larger size so the bumps don't show? Thanks!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  17. R.L. wrote:

    Thanks for the tip on Coldwater Creek. Never looked at them before. I ordered the Sour Cherry specifically for my mom but might have to keep if for myself if I really like.

    Also, for BR/GAP/ON card holders, code LUXE2011 gives you 15% off any day during 2011. I don't think this code stacks with others, but could be helpful for the ON shirt. I do know that the code does work with GAP's current 50% off denim sale!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  18. Ahhh, thanks to you, I have the same chambray shirt as you and it is definitely a staple item. It's also great for layering since it's so thin.

    I didn't realize the ON button ups came in petite sizing. The chambray one you mentioned was on sale in store for $15. If I didn't already have my Target one, I would have snatched it up! I picked up a plaid button up in pink (LOVE it) instead – worn here: http://wp.me/p1zwP7-Bh . Don't forget that you can print a coupon from ON's FB page for $10 off $50!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  19. mine is too light of chambray. Still need that right color.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  20. Carrie L wrote:

    I have always loved chambray shirts, but I haven't owned one since high school! I haven't had the best luck with button downs fitting properly. For some reason, I feel too masculine in them. I came across this one the other day at BR and ordered it. http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=51167&vid;=3&pid;=884687
    It has a less slouchy look than I was expecting, but I like the tailored look better! It has a shirring detail at the shoulder that adds a little femininity. It will look great with skirts. Love surprising finds! And LOVE how you styled yours!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  21. Tam wrote:

    Love this look, Jean! The layering is impeccable, and you look lovely!

    I am really liking chambray with mustard or other bright, warm colors. However, I haven't really been able to find a good chambray shirt to my liking! I will have to check out the ON one you linked.

    I actually found a fantastic denim shirt at Aeropostale (of all places!) not too long ago, and I've styled it with yellow pants, an orange skirt, and olive green cargo skinnies lately. Aeropostale seems to have chambray shirts regularly, and their logos are discreet or nonexistent on button-downs, so other petites may want to check there and see if there are any available in XS.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  22. Jackie wrote:

    Your pairings are always so nicely done.

    I LOVE that necklace!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  23. Mustard with chambray has been one of my go-to color combos this winter too! They go so well together! Thanks for idea to put the little H&M; blazer over it. It goes fantastically!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  24. Lauren wrote:

    Love it! I can't believe I'd ever buy something from Coldwater Creek, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting that Sour Cherry colored shirt right about….now.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  25. Violet wrote:

    Cute outfit, but aren't your ankles cold?

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  26. JJ wrote:

    Love the outfit – I like how you've combined your menswear pieces with, as you said, girlier accessories. It balances out so well and looks absolutely adorable!

    My chambray shirt has gotten so much wear over the past year that it's actually literally worn through in some places – in other words, it has a hole! 🙁 I definitely need a new one, so I'll be checking that ON out. Thanks for the tip!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  27. Oooh, I don't have a chambray shirt but I am picturing things in my wardrobe that I can re-create this look with! I have the same blazer and pants of course, so 2 of the key elements are already there 😛

    The blazer looks great on you, did you hem the sleeves or are they tucked in?

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  28. sarahp wrote:

    I am looking for a chambray shirt. Your post comes just in time. I am also looking for sweater/shirt/jeans in mustard yellow to spice up wardrobe. any recommendations or deals you would share?

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  29. NeutraKris wrote:

    You are just gorgeous! I love your style – so up my alley. You inspire me!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  30. Steffi wrote:

    I'm loving the tweed jacket and elbow patches! Your lip color makes the outfit more feminine which balances it out 🙂

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  31. what a great idea! 🙂 im gonna dig my chambray shirt out from storage! 🙂

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  32. Just discovered your blog – I love the textures and colours.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Just out of curiosity, did you tailor the H&M; blazer at all? Because it fits you fabulously. I have the exact same one and it doesn't look anywhere near as good on me!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  34. Talking about chambray shirts got me all excited that I forgot to say… you look awesome! Love everything about this outfit!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  35. Jean!!! We must be on some weird wavelength! I just planned/wrote a pairing episode about chambray shirts 4 hours ago!!! Because of the petite blogging community, I was exposed to chambray shirts. Before that, I didn't care too much about them. I only have one but do plan to buy more =) I wear my Madewell all of the time.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  36. Good balancing. Always nice to see masculine paired with feminine. The blazer is gorgeous.

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  37. Gracie wrote:

    I am totally infatuated with this academia sort of look you've been sporting lately, Jean. I think it's partly the elbow patch that I associate with Mr. Feeney (from Boys meet World) and the previous ensemble with the button up collar layered under a sweater, that rings English boarding school (and maybe gossip girl, though haven't seen it myself).

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  38. Julie Khuu wrote:

    Such a cute outfit honey!! Loving the jeweled bib…I can never get my little chambrays to button all the way…I prefer mine slouchy and oversized with a belt for added definition…your petite figure flatters this look and vice versa! Awesome job with the cuffs, super chic!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply
  39. I like that red one you linked! I wonder if that's the true colour though.. Actually pretty shocked at the regular price. I don't shop at ON often, but $50-55 seems like a lot of money for that store!

    Posted 12.14.11 Reply

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