every girl needs: a chambray t-shirt

chambray tshirt

geometric skirt

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Hive & Honey Chambray T-Shirt (on sale at Piperlime!) | Ann Taylor skirt (similar) | Romeo & Juliet Couture bag via Hautelook | Nine West sandals | Daniel Wellington watch

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m working on upgrading my closet for the grand finale of my 20’s. This means avoiding the temptation of clearance racks and bargain bins, and purchasing quality pieces that I’ll love for several years instead of several weeks. This doesn’t mean spending more money, necessarily; but rather, buying a few great pieces within my budget that I can wear lots of ways. With me?

A chambray t-shirt is something I never realized I was missing, until I ordered one from Piperlime. Since its arrival last Wednesday, I’ve worn it three different ways: with skinnies and strappy heels for the Art Walk last week, tucked into pleather shorts over the weekend, and balanced with a crazy printed skirt today.

52 thoughts on “every girl needs: a chambray t-shirt”

  1. I haven’t seen a chambray like the one you’re wearing before. However, I love the way you took such a causal shirt and paired it with a bold printed skirt. Good luck finding some new wardrobe staples!

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  2. YES! I have the same shirt (different brand on the tag). It is the best purchase I’ve made all summer. I usually wear mine with shorts but you’ve inspired me to try it with some of my skirts.

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  3. I totally agree on that sometime you really need to just invest in some solid quality pieces, rather than just the latest clearance items. In the long run, it’ll actually get more use and be more worth it.
    Love your skirt btw :) looks great with the chambray.

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    1. Exactly! I’m trying to build a wardrobe for the long haul, instead of running to the mall for something new every time I get bored or have an event to attend. It’s a work in progress, but I love all the great feedback that others are working on this as well!

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  4. I just turned 32 last month and I too feel the same regarding the upgrade of my closet. I’m a new Haute Look addict and my style is classic / casual. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Ohhhh man, isn’t Hautelook is the best?! It’s a great resource for splurge items, like designer denim and great handbags. And you really can’t beat their beauty blowouts.

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    1. In the past, I never really shopped with a plan; I just always that I needed NEW stuff. Now I’m working on saving up for investment pieces. Also, thrift stores and consignment shops are excellent places to find quality gently used items for a great price!

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  5. Yes, I think chambray is classic enough to keep with you as you cross your 20’s threshold. Love how playful your outfit is. And I do love chambray.

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    1. Thank you! Right now I’m all about finding pieces that are classic with interesting details. Like this chambray in a different shape, and it zips up the back!

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  6. I’ve been seeing so many cute things recently and after having a baby, I really have an itch to go shopping to get some new stuff that fits! I am like you…looking for classic pieces that I can wear with many things!

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    1. Congrats on new mommyhood!

      I know it’s really tough to avoid the trend temptation, but I definitely recommend sticking to a plan of timeless investments. You’ll be so much happier with your wardrobe in the long run. It’s the whole “instant gratification vs long term satisfaction” conundrum. I feel like I’m just figuring it out. ;-)

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    1. It really can! It’s a simple silhouette, but it zips up the back which makes it kind of fun. It’s probably one of my favorite purchases in the last several months.

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