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OOTD: Chambray and Denim

March 21, 2012

One of my favorite looks that I’ve seen people wearing lately is a chambray top with denim bottoms. Sometimes the two shades of the items are very close and other times very distinctive, and I tend to like the distinctive looks the most. I’ll admit that I’ve probably worn a variation of this outfit about 5-6 times in the last few weeks. It’s just a very easy, casual look, and it has basic elements that make it simpe to mix up with different accessories.

I wore this outfit on Saturday to meet up with my closest friend for some shopping and exploring of Charlotte. I live outside of the city, and I haven’t gotten many opportunities to be taken around by someone who actually knows the city well, so it was a fun time! I had completely forgotten that it was St. Patty’s Day, but thankfully I had added a few green accessories, saving me from odd pinches from strangers.

I like that the chambray top is a looser fit than my jeans, and it would look great with colored denim, which is what I originally bought it for. I added in pops of coral and green to keep the look interesting, and they were a big hit. I think I received compliments on the purse, ring, and necklace. That’s the great thing about the chambray/denim combo–it provides a great backdrop to feature accessories while still looking cool and fashionable.

Don’t mind the chipping nail polish…

Old Navy Top

City Chic Jeans

Target Peep-Toe Flats (similar)

ASOS Handbag

Forever21 Necklace (similar)

Amrita Singh Ring (bought via

Do you like the chambray and denim look? How would you wear it?

39 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2012 8:06 am


  2. March 21, 2012 8:31 am

    Love this look!!

  3. March 21, 2012 8:38 am

    I like this look a lot! Coral is perfect accent.

    I’ve always felt a little weird about mixing denim and chambray, like maybe it’s just too much? But seeing this makes me want to try it!

    • March 21, 2012 9:06 am

      I think that’s what held me back previously, which is probably why I like it when the two colors are different in lightness/darkness. You should definitely experiment with it though! I think the chambray top would look great with peach colored jeans, too 🙂

  4. March 21, 2012 9:54 am

    Such a cute outfit!!! I too have wanted to try this trend. I have the same F21 necklace! You really succeeded in pulling off this look!

  5. March 21, 2012 12:52 pm

    I adore this look too, and you pull it off perfectly, I need to invest in a shirt like this, so versatile! xxxx

  6. March 21, 2012 12:58 pm

    You look so cute! I love the light denim w/dark denim look! Super cute necklace and bag! Kiah

  7. Jacki Anderson permalink
    March 21, 2012 3:07 pm

    I love chambray shirts – this was very popular in the 70s – reminds me of the music group The Eagles in their early days. I also like an open chabray top over a white Tee or a pop of color. I, personally, in my junior high days, wore it partly unbuttoned over a bright yellow tube top. Yes, definitely my younger days.

    Love the color from the purse and jewelry. I have a pair of white jeans that are super comfortable and would wear the chambray shirt with those too. Great job, Bec!

    • April 20, 2012 3:10 pm

      I definitely think it would go well with white denim. I got some shorts to try it with, but they aren’t a good cut. I’ll keep looking though 🙂

  8. March 21, 2012 4:48 pm

    Uhhh, I freakin’ love it! I need a chambray top (or skirt, even). I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but I’m always jealous of that bag when I see it. It’s just so perfect. WANT.

    • April 20, 2012 3:10 pm

      Thanks! Everyone loves the bag. I’m happy that I was actively looking for satchels at the time or I would have completely missed it. 🙂

  9. March 21, 2012 5:35 pm

    Awesome outfit! I love it!

  10. Denisa Dellinger permalink
    March 21, 2012 6:32 pm

    The outfit is the perfect backdrop for the accessaries. I love the purse and the necklace. I think a nice tee under the shirt would add some pop to the outfit. You look sooooo cute! I’ve seen some colored jeans in the fashion magazines with a chambray top. A little fedora hat would be cute to top it off with. Those models in the magazines wear hats and it always makes me want the outfit. The ability to wear hats makes a person look confident. Have you been to any of the outlets around Charlotte? Sometimes they don’t have too much choice in plus size things. I like to go for the accessories and shoes in these places.

    • April 20, 2012 3:12 pm

      Thanks Denisa! I originally got this to go with colored denim 🙂 but the pieces I own are too dark. I need some lighter colored pieces, like a coral pink or something. I haven’t been to outlets near Charlotte. I used to work at the one in Blowing Rock (at Gap) and would get things there, but I haven’t been in a long, long time. I need to go!

  11. March 21, 2012 7:37 pm

    Very cute! I really love the way you coordinate the bright colored accessories! I definitely must try City Chic jeans!

  12. March 22, 2012 1:36 am

    Girl, you look amazing! I’m a huge fan of a light chambray top with dark denim jeans, and have worn the combo myself a bunch of times. It’s just so casually cool, you know? Especially loving the bright pops of color with the shoes and accessories, and the bag is gorgeous. I might have to steal, er, borrow it.. 😉 LOL

    • April 20, 2012 3:13 pm

      lol, thanks Dani! And I so agree. You feel “cool” wearing it. I’m not sure why, but it just gives you that feeling 🙂

  13. March 22, 2012 3:23 am

    Love it! Double denim is very “in” now isn’t it. It looks much better than my attempt. I really want a baggy denim shirt – your’s looks perfect! Maybe I need to source from the US for a decent sized one?

    • April 20, 2012 3:13 pm

      Yeah, I haven’t seen them much on UK sites, but maybe it’s cause I haven’t been looking very hard. I definitely recommend the Old Navy one 🙂

  14. Natalie permalink
    March 22, 2012 4:54 am

    Oh that bag is so very gorgeous!

  15. March 22, 2012 8:02 am

    very glamourous!
    And the bag and necklace pull the whole look together so well!

  16. March 24, 2012 11:49 am

    I love the accessories- necklace, bag, and shoes. Such a cute look.
    I didn’t wear any green on St. Patrick’s Day and I would have had some not so nice words for anyone who pinched me.

    • April 20, 2012 3:15 pm

      lol, yeah once you get into adulthood the level of tolerance for people using holidays to “pinch” or do whatever goes much lower.

  17. March 24, 2012 8:05 pm

    I love this! You’re right, it does make a great backdrop for highlighting accessories.

    The shoes are especially cute. I’m on a coral/pinky kick lately with a new layering sweater in that color.

  18. March 29, 2012 11:13 am

    I am totally in love with your bag, also those shoes also your necklace. You’re right, the chambray/denim looks creates a great base/neutral to make your accessories the show stopper.

  19. June 6, 2012 10:47 am

    Bag envy!

  20. May permalink
    September 7, 2012 6:38 pm

    that is an amazing purse!


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