Bright Idea

posted on: 8/21/2012

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{Top: Similar | Pants: Gap | Shoes: ShoeMint | Necklace: c/o ILY Couture}
When I'm in the shop, many times I'm asked how to style a piece that we sell. If it's a skirt or pants, 9 times out of 10 the words "chambray shirt" will roll off my tongue before I know it. I'm always a little shocked when people don't already own one or don't know what I mean. (Explaining 'chambray' to the older crowd is always fun -- 'ya know, it's like that really soft denim material that's denim but....it's not.") Apparently it's the ultimate shirt for me. Chambray, duh. 

So in case you ever want my styling help, here it is in it's entirety: red heels, chambray shirts. Life changing advice, isn't it? 

We are in Vegas* for a retail trade show so I would put together a whole montage of outfits that I've worn with this chambray shirt, but you know that would take away from sleeping and gambling. Oh and working. That's right....that's why I'm here. 


*humble brag

147 comments:

  1. It's settled. I need to invest in a jean button up shirt. I adore this outfit, by the way. Your influence is making me the most stylish girl in med school. (Not exactly a hard crowd to compete with, but you get my drift.)

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  2. Oh, hai, awesome shoes!  Nice to meet you.

    Are your Shoemint shoes comfortable?

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  3. Closet FashionistaAugust 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    i am ashamed to say I don't own a chambray shirt, I need to rectify that situation... Looooving this outfit :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  4. those shoes are super cute with this outfit!  and chambray shirt... people still think it's weird to have a denim shirt, but I love them!!  Have fun in vegas!!

    Joyce
    sip-n-wear.blogspot.com

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  5. Wilhelmina MiltonburnAugust 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    I really like this! Those lime pants are so summer, but the chambray shirt and the animal print shoes make it transition into fall. You're awesome!

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  6. I absolutely love those shoes!

    Typhanie
    www.mygarmentsofpraise.com

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  7. CoffeebeansandbobbypinsAugust 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    love it! We used to make fun of my dad for wearing denim shirts and now I can't get enough of them!
    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  8. Great pants and purse! Very nice outfit.

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  9. Are you at MAGIC?  I definitely recommend you have lunch or dinner at Border Grill!  Chicken Chilaquiles!!!!
    And I do love denim and chambray with everything.  I can't wait for it to cool off and be practical :D

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  10. It's still too hot to wear something like this in Sacramento CA, but I would definitely put this outfit on rotation once the temp drops to a comfortable range. You look gorgeous :)

    Www.girlmeetsstyle.com

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  11. that white necklace "pops" perfectly! it's like a great positive/negative effect with your shirt! love!

    xo. cake & valley
    www.cakeandvalley.blogspot.com

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  12. Several months ago, I was in a retail store and started chatting with the cashier about fashion. The guy very excited started asking me if I knew what the term was for denim that wasn't denim. I quickly replied, "oh chambray, yeah it's great" and he was all like "no I don't think that's it". And inside I was thinking, yes of course it is, I know this because I read Kendi's blog.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  13. JeimysfashionloveaffairAugust 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I absolutely love this look so pretty the colors sooo fun and the necklace perfect!

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  14. Yay Vegas! I really should get my hands on a Chambray shirt. I'm not really sure how I've survived in the world without one!
    http://work-it-blog.blogspot.com 

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  15. I was just thinking about how often people probably ask you style questions at Bloom. If I'm honest, I totally plan to do that the next time I'm in the area! I was also recently trying to explain "chambray" to someone - I totally understand the difficulties and I definitely got the crazy eyes from them!

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  16. This outfit is amazing and you are simply the cutest. Seriously. Cuteness envy. And I need to get myself a chambray shirt!

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  17. I love this outfit and really love the shoes with the color of your pants! Xx Pip

    http://easyoutfitsbypip.blogspot.com

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  18. hahaha the *humble brag cracked me up.  my husband and i have a LOOK for each other when we or someone else does it.  yours wasn't so bad. :)

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  19. Currently obsessed with chambray as well - it just goes with everything! Have fun in Vegas!

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  20. Have fun in Vegas!  I love this look, especially the chambray :)

    creamyclothes.blogspot.com

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  21. I actually wore a chambray shirt for yesterday's post. Definitely a go-to for me as well! Love how you paired them with the bright pants and leopard shoes here :)

    Kristin
    www.dressedandfed.com 

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  22. love the outfit ... nothing  better then a chambray shirt, and those shoes are all sorts of fantastic!!
    Jess
    www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

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  23. Cute shoes! Have fun in Vegas :)


    Miahttp://www.MiaMoore.net

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  24. I don't own one!!! Have to get one ASAP and get Shoemint's shoes too!!!

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  25. Sweet Harvest MoonAugust 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Your hair looks beautiful!
    Love the outfit too

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  26. denim on denim, like it :)
    i love how ur necklace is popping! 

    xx

    asteria-sparkle.blogspot.com

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  27. I totally agree with you - chambray shirts go with nearly everything. They make probably every item look stylish and great - not saying that your beautiful bright yellow pants aren't beautiful just like they are! 

    xxx Anita

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  28. I wore a necklace just like that today! I MUST be channeling my inner fashionista, then ;) I always love your looks and the inner sparkle that none can deny.

    Fabulous, once again.
    xoxo,
    tiana of lesthetique

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  29. Amazing pants. So brightness!

    From www.xeanafashion.com  

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  30. You right everyone does need one! I love this outfit. The color of your pants are awesome!
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

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  31. Those pants and shoes make me very happy :) :) :)

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  32. Love this look and I couldn't agree with you more - chambray is where its at :)

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  33. You look so pretty as always. love the shoes!! Cute!

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  34. this is the perfect outfit! i was just explaining chambray to my husband last night :)

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  35. You look lovely! xo, Christina

    http://www.styleclouds.de

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  36. love a classic denim shirt

    www.andrea-clare.blogspot.com

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  37. Those pants. Kicking myself for not buying those pants. Ugh. You look too cute. 

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  38. The lime green and blue work so well together! 

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  39. looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove. 

    that's all.

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  40. amazing outfit! love how you paired this :)

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  41. Gorgeous! I'm actually doing a week of chambray shirts on my blog too this week. Such a classic staple. 

    http://www.sydnestyle.com/

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  42.  I've definitely had my eye on a chambray shirt for awhile now. It's such a classic shirt!

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  43. That beautiful hair! 

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  44. Personally, I'm a fan of chambray shirts. I don't own nearly enough of them.

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  45. Chambray is also my go-to. Love it!

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  46. Ok, I think I'm the only blogger on earth who doesn't own a chambray shirt! They look so cute on everyone else though. It might be time for me to start looking for one!

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  47. So cute!!!! I have those shoes too :)

    -Stephanie
    @LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

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  48. That's an awesome way to style a chambray shirt! Love how it's bright on bottom, muted on top. Perfection.

    -Megan
    meganesass.blogspot.com 

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  49. i LOVE that clutch! great outfit. and a chambray shirt is just so fun and easy to style!

    http://www.counttofour.com

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  50. Are those shoes Leopard AND Zebra print? I have to say, you pull those off well. I agree, chambray goes with everything. Except denim maybe, you don't want to be called out on wearing a Canadian Tuxedo :)

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  51. Kendi, this is perfection!
    adoredlife.blogspot.com

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  52. The color of your pants is fabulous!

    http://risingcolors.blogspot.com

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  53. I love how you've been styling this necklace! so cute!

    http://slidingdrawersblog.blogspot.com/

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  54. I am so jealous that you are in Vegas!  I love the chambray top.. I am searching for a good deal on new one right now!

    http://fromragstotags.blogspot.com/

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  55. Love this! Chambray shirts are so versatile!!

    Accidentally Stylish w/ S.S. Milk
    www.accidentallystylish.blogspot.com

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  56. I love the NEON jeans!!!! So cute with the denim shirt and leopard sandals! Superb styling!!!

    ollow each other????********CHANEL handbag giveaway on www.fashion-a-holic.com********

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  57. Dude, have you seen Prince Harry and Lochte? Apparently they are taking Vegas by storm. Take a picture for us if you run into them! Maybe you can give them some styling tips too, because last I checked Speedo's can be a bit much ;)

    www.alongabbeyroad.com

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  58. Love! I wanted to get those pants, but they didn't have them in my size. :(

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  59. I'm with you on the chambray thing...I just need to find a chambray shirt that works for me. It's like the hard search for jeans got twice as hard when turned into a shirt. Alas, this girl will keep on looking. Somewhere there is a chambray shirt for me :) 

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  60. great outfit! it's so fun & bright. lovin that neckless.















    Oh,
    My

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  61. Weird comment, but... your feet look TINY in these photos :) I know you have posted in the past about being self-conscious that they're big but they look so petite! And I love those heels -- double animal print, you are brave (and stylish!)

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  62. Love the outfit!!

    Erica xx

    Www.ericabelliocreations.blogspot.com

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  63. Love this. And those shoes are featured on my blog. As well, I did a post on Chambray today too and one of your outfits is featured on it :)

    take a look if you'd like: http://www.twoboroughs.blogspot.com

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  64. This outfit is the best!! Oh my gosh the green pants and those shoes!! Perfection!

    www.highheelstosneakers.com

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  65. Well I have a chambray top and TWO pairs of red heels, so I guess I'm set for life. Also, I recently bought some lime green pants, and now I'm so ready to wear them with my chambray...and red heels? Or not.

    Sarah's Real Life

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  66. Those shoes have two types on animal print on them?! Meow! Still looking for that perfect chambray shirt...I am drooling over the J.Crew one! Have an amazing time in Vegas!!

    perfectly priya

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  67. I'm totally with you. The chambray is always the go-to shirt/fabric. It works with everything!
    http://natashafatah.com

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  68. I love this look, and I too am obsessed with chambray. Have a blast in Vegas!

    sincerelysk.blogspot.com*Enter my giveaway!!!!*

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  69. Love chambray, it is the perfect mashup of casual and polish for me.  I'm just as surprised as you about the people who don't know about it cause the shirt is so easy to wear.

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  70. I'm really loving all these shoes from shoe mint.



    Method Clothe

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  71. I keep telling myself that I don't need any more chambray tops... But seriously, when in doubt, wear chambray. Oh, and also maybe a good leopard shoe/heel. 

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  72. love it, maybe my favorite outfit of your EVER! 

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  73. Great advice! I'm still searching for the perfect chambray. I can't ever find any that fit me properly. They are usually always to long... might be time to search the kids section. Also, I have those heels, I love them! They look great on you. Viva Las Vegas!!

    -April
    http://pieceology.com

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  74. I almost bought these shoes today on Shoe Mint, are they comfy?  I love them!

    xoxo Jessica
    www.mystylevita.com

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  75. Love chambray but have a hard time finding a good one that isn't $80+ 
    And I'm in love with those shoes!
    ~Jessica
    www.jeansandateacup.blogspot.com

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  76. Cute pants! I still can't get over that shade of yellow! Still in love with it! Lol

    http://www.natinlove.com

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  77. Love the shoes... thinking about joining shoemint... is it worth it. Shoes are confortable?

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  78. the perfect outfit. chartreuse pants are love.

    xo,
    kristyn

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  79. that's hilarious - I find myself going to the same classic pieces to update old outfits too. love those pants. very cute!

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  80. That bag is AMAZING. Honestly, I don't own a chambray shirt. I think I need to jump on that band wagon though, because that shirt is adorable! 

    xoxo, 
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/ 

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  81. love the bag. Amazing style. 
    xo, Petra 

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  82. Would you wear a chambray shirt with Red jeans?

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  83. I need a good inexpensive chambray shirt! 

    www.theluxuryrehab.com

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  84. I have been trying on yellow (well, mustard) pants recently and they look horrible against my skin tone but you look great in them!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  85. Jen - House Of JeffersAugust 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Love this outfit. It looks so effortless, but it packs a huge colorful punch!

    Jen
    House Of Jeffers

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  86. Super cute! I do have a denim-y shirt but not sure you could class it as chambray... it's a little darker than yours and i have a little trouble matching it with things... now i want a lighter one - but is two demin-y shirts too many?? Nahhh.

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  87. Enjoy Vegas! I love pairing chambray with pretty much everything..... Love the way you styled it with colored jeans!!

    www.glitterarygirl.blogspot.com

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  88. i'm always loving every outfit you put on. you have fantastic style!!!

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  89. I am ashamed to admit that I do not own a chambray shirt, but at least I know what it is! I will get one asap I promise! Have fun in Vegas, throw down for the rest of us! :)

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  90. I have yet to FIND a chambray shirt :( *sigh*

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  91. kristian satterleeAugust 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Good advise- I should really get a chambray shirt. Seems like great outfits abound with them from what I've seen of the blogosphere. 

    http:www.neverfullydressedwithoutastyle.blogspot.com

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  92. Love those bright pants...and I am one of those loser that doesn't have a proper chambray shirt. fashion fail. Must remedy this soon :)

    xoLizzieplaceclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  93. agreed, i own 3! 

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  94. in love with the necklace!!

    xo,
    youandiplusmore.blogspot.com

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  95. In love with those heels!!  I don't even want to think about how many chambray shirts are in my closet?!  It's sick.  I'm sick.  I love it paired with the citron pants too!!!
    -amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  96. so cute! i have those same shoes and love them. have fun at MAGIC!

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  97. i wore the same outfit today. neon skinnies and a chambray top. not even kidding. so crazy! 

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  98. I don't own a chambray shirt. I know! I need to get with it. Tehe- on my list to buy- stat! 
    PS: now I know how to wear these neon yellow pants I saw at H&M! Thx- you look fabulous as always. :)

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  99. Ooh, so fun and bright! I actually found an old chambray shirt in my mom's closet at my grandma's house today, but the collar is a little dated. I plan to wear it anyway, with my hair down so the collar won't show. Cost-effective strategy, no?

    http://earnestyle.blogspot.com/ 

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  100. HappinessatmidlifeAugust 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I have been on a hunt for the perfect chambray shirt.  I haven't found it yet :(

    Have a great time in Vegas!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  101. Oh I just love love LOVE chambray shirts. I literally pair mine with everything. And I mean everything. Skirts. Dresses. Pants. Tanks. Tees. It goes with everything! Love the neon pants look w it.

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  102. Gosh I just love everything you wear! I love everything about this outfit!
    www.adryonthedaily.wordpress.com

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  103. It's like jeans, but for your torso, and everything goes with jeans.  It just makes so much sense.

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  104. Definitely seems to be the perfect shirt to pair with those pants, the outfit looks great! :)

    AwayFromTheBlue.blogspot.com.au

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  105. Gorgeous! You look super tall and model-esque here, guess that'd also be the chambray working it's magic eh? ;)



    Life etc
     

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  106. freaking adorable, kendi skeen.

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  107. i can't tell you how many times THIS WEEK i've had the chambray discussion. :)

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  108. Cute!

    http://hotcinnamon.blogspot.com.es/

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  109. Red heels and chambray shirts, what else do you need =P Love the pants Kendi.  You're so effortlessly stylish!
    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/

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  110. haha! when i worked in retail, my styling advice so regularly was red or leopard shoes.......

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  111. Ah love this, has to be one of my favorites!  Those shoemint shoes are the cutest.
    xx,Erinhttp://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com

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  112. Absolutely love this outfit. I am also obsessed with chambray. Love the pant color mixed with the leopard and the neutral bag ties everything in nicely.

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  113. You are the best at styling colored jeans! I am totally one of those people who does not own a chambray shirt yet. I have to add it to my list. They're so versatile!
    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com

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  114. denim top and color jeans? Such a perfect combination

    altmoda.com

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  115. PostcardsfromrachelAugust 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    One of my favorite looks on you. Cute combo!

    Rachel
    http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com

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  116. Love, love the outfit--Once again, love the Bright White Statement necklace.  Inspired to get another chambray shirt.

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  117. Chambray shirt is always my answer when I don't know what to pair with a bottom. So versatile. 

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  118. I find myself doing the same thing at work all the time. The answer is always chambray. I think it's because chambray shirts are quite literally the shirt equivalent of jeans and, as such, they go with everything.

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  119. Those pants look killer on you! Love them with the chambray and neutral bag, really helps it all balance. And your hair looks so cute like that! Ditto on the red heels advice. I keep telling my mom she'd be amazed how many outfits red shoes go with when you really try. ;)

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  120. I wore a very similar outfit a few days ago.  I would wear colored pants and a chambray button down everyday if I could get away with it.  

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  121. Loving this clutch!  It goes so well with the lime pants! Such a fun outfit!

    http://www.chevrontochiffon.com/ :)

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  122. Love love love those shoes, shoes, shoes.

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  123. Those shoes are fab!!! L-O-V-E the lime green pants too! Oh...and I don't own a chambray shirt. :(

    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com 

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  124. Loving that gap chambray and Modcloth clutch!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  125. For the longest time I called it denim shirt. HAHA Thanks for this informative post, Kendi. Lovin' the colored pants. xx

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  126. LOVE chambray and love how you styled it! xo, Julie
    www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

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  127. Yeah, to me it makes sense I wear chambray with everything...that's why I own three:)  Enjoy  Vegas, I love those pants and shoes!

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  128. I love a chambray shirt! I finally found the perfect one recently and I'm never letting it go!
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  129. My husband and I stayed at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas a few months back, and if you're not staying there, you should DEFINITELY find time to wander over there and check it out! It has The Chandelier (supposedly the world's largest chandelier) and basically all of my now-favorite restaurants in the world. The sushi place (blue ribbon? Blue fish? Blue something) was completely life-changing, and if you just have time for lunch, go get a burger and a (barely) alcoholic shake (or non-alcoholic, either way they are amazing) at Holstein's. Hope you have a great time there!

    And, you know, get some work done or whatever.   : P

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  130. I commiserate completely!  I work in a consignment shop, and yesterday, a rather stylish woman--she already had a great outfit on--was trying to figure out how to style a printed brown a-line skirt.  Immediately I told her to get a chambray shirt, and I used a description just like yours!  She gave me the weirdest look with an "okay..."  I didn't want to be seen as crazy, so I found one in store and showed it to her, and her eyes lit up with understanding and, dare I say, renewed respect?

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  131. What a fun color combo! Mentally banking this one to use soon! And yes, I've told people "just pair it with a chambray shirt" too many times to count lately!

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  132. RedTagChicLosAngelesAugust 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    I love this classic but colorful look!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  133. totally agree about the chambray shirt even though I am still yet to get one lol for some reason I just can't find the right one for me :(




    fashionable footprints

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  134. I covet your necklace. I've been eyeing it at Ily, but I'm not sure which color to get. I also love how those shoes completely dress up the outfit!

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  135. kendra genevieve rose.August 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    I adore that necklace, and those pants are tooooo cute!

    Xx
    kendra-genevieve-rose.blogspot.com

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  136. I just got one of those necklaces today. Great to see how you styled it!

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  137. Great look! Love the pants and necklace are so pretty!
    xx
    www.pslilyboutique.com

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