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my chambray shirt project!

What started off as a fun idea to mix and match as many outfits as possible with my new red legging jeans that I got at Gap continues now with my favorite project yet!

This Chambray shirt is my newest item of clothing and it has become my favorite top for it’s sheer versatility! It can be dressed up with a pencil skirt and pumps, it can be a chic weekend look when paired with a maxi skirt and belt, it can be everyday comfort when paired with skinny jeans or trousers, and it can be flat-out beach ready with a pair of shorts and sandals. I love clothing like this – no thinking involved, just throw it on and go! Effortless style.

Just as with my previous two projects, Rich and I waited until after we put the kids to bed and knocked this project out in two hours flat. I told him it was the last fashion-related photo booth project for a while, so he agreed to do it for me on that condition! He’s such a good sport when it comes to me and the ideas that pop into my head that I just have to follow through with:)

I had a ton of fun with this experiment, and was surprised to find 21 outfits for this one new shirt. Nothing else is new (except the colored jeans that I used for my earlier projects), and some of these items are SEVERAL years old. Hopefully I revived them in a way that inspires you to dust off some older pieces and put them to good use. It’s amazing what one new item can do for a wardrobe!

**edit to add a post similar to this but in miniature form: check out the chambray shirt project for my daughter, 5 year old Alana! 


  • Tobi - May 6, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    you are too cute – I LOVE this one cause I have a chambray shirt and this inspired me! I love your fashion sense and I love these post!!!

  • kate m. - May 7, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    I LOVE this too. Tobi and Heather, I don’t have a chambray shirt like this, but of course now I want one :) And I’m definitely inspired to try new styles with what I’ve got in the closet. Thanks for a fun post.

  • LORENA - May 9, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    Great job !

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  • Chp_Dzn - May 12, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    Hey just came across your blog and its awsome! Love your project! Saw previous two projects and they were equally amazing! If your going to stop doing these projects it would be extremely sad cause you were brilliant in coming up with such amazing outfits in just 2 hours!! Going to personally miss them! :)

  • Meghan - May 14, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    I saw these little bitty on instagram and had to see them larger on the screen,,,,you’re beautiful and so creative my friend! xoxo

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  • Sheena - May 17, 2012 - 9:27 am

    WOW you are really an inspiration… A chambray shirt in so many styles… lovely…


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    Hey, very cool project! It reminds me of the One Dress Challenge I did last year. You may be interested in checking it out..
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    That is amazing, adorable and I will SOOOOOOO cheat off you this spring/summer. I love my chambray shirt to death and now I don’t even need to use my own brain to come up with ultra-cute outfits. Thanks!

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