In Transition: Chambray Shirt - une femme d'un certain âge

In Transition: Chambray Shirt

A chambray shirt is one of those items that helps carry us through transitional seasons. During warmer weather you can wear open over a tee or tank as a lightweight jacket. Come cooler days, layer it under a sweater. I’ve been looking for ages for one without chest pockets, a) because we Busty™ types don’t need more attention called to that area and b) because I think a style without the pockets can look more polished. This one from Ann Taylor is available in Regular and Petite sizes, online only.
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  1. citizen spot
    August 21, 2014 / 7:45 am

    I don’t know why, but this reminds me of back in the 70’s when everyone had chambray shirts with their favorite rock album covers reproduced in embroidery on the back. I recall Elton John’s “Madman Across the Water” album cover was a favorite of many of my peers in high school.

  2. August 21, 2014 / 8:37 am

    I am so lucky to be able to sew. I can make this for under $15.00. With impeccable finishing! It’s a great shirt.

  3. August 21, 2014 / 8:53 am

    Linda…you ARE lucky! Personally, I still remember the shame of having to wear the kettle cloth dress to school that i made in home ec in 1969!

  4. Babette
    August 21, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    I loved the suggested storage box. Looks like the perfect gift for my granddaughters (one freshman in college, one freshman in high school, and three aspiring artists) and their mothers for Christmas. Maybe get one for myself too!

  5. August 21, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    It’s available in tall sizes too! Hooray!

  6. August 21, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    I love this piece – I have two shirts that fit the bill like this one, and they go with just about *anything* else I am wearing. Nice pick.

  7. GingerR
    August 21, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    As a flat-chested gal I can take pockets on blouses, but I they do require extra ironing, which I don’t like.

    This one is nice.

  8. Suz
    August 21, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I like that it has a clean design, as I have the same issue with chest pockets. So often they seem tacked on there like weird pasties. Distracting to say the least.

    Thank you for looking out for the busty among us. We often get forgotten by fashion writers unless its a story about push up bras.

  9. Sweet Sue
    August 21, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    Chambray always looks like prison wear to me.

  10. August 22, 2014 / 1:34 am

    Another option is to carefully unpick and remove the offending pocket.

  11. August 22, 2014 / 3:31 am

    Next to white blouses, a chambray shirt is the most versatile piece! Love them. This Ann Taylor shirt is especially nice as it isn’t bulky!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  12. August 22, 2014 / 6:06 am

    The blazer on the left is a magnificent piece of work, classic, and collectable! I like the entire ensemble and can think of a 100 other outfits to create with any of those pieces!
    Great post!

  13. Nancy Sauerberg
    August 26, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Thanks for this tip! Ordered it and it’s just what I was looking for.

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