6 month salvation {3 ways to wear the denim shirt}

October 1, 2014

Did you know most women are guilty of the same: wearing just 20% of her closet? I’m definitely guilty. It’s so easy to know what works, to stick to the tried and true, yet have been trying to mix it up. I have weeks where each day I’ll wear an item I haven’t worn in months; it’s a helpful way to see why I haven’t been wearing it. Poor fit? Don’t love the colors against your skin tone? How does it wear throughout the day (i.e. does it ride up or get tight)? Or, wow, where has this been hiding? It’s a fun little game because I’ve either rediscovered items, or feel way better about putting it in the donation pile at the end of the day.

For today’s outfits, Target suggested I remix one item in my closet I haven’t worn in at least six months. I picked a classic denim shirt (similar), which while I say I can never have too many, I realized this year that I’m actually not really a button-up blouse kind of girl and thus, have rarely worn mine (and truth: I own two).  While mine has been sitting idle, a denim shirt is really so functional, particularly as the weather starts to cool since it works so well as a layering tool. Here are three ways I played it up:

1. floral pants // necklace (similar) // heels
PS: I got this knotted up idea from Nicole’s recent post where she styled a jumpsuit three ways. Her effortless style gets me every time.

2. crop top // black pants // sneakers (love this quilted version for less) // earrings
The crop is a recent favorite, both to wear with pencil skirts and now, layered for fall (once it gets cooler here!).

three ways to style a denim blouse for fall // the average girl's guide

3. dress (another target closet staple!) // booties (similar, or this peep-toe version) // necklace (similar vibe, or this for less)
Wear it open as a jacket, close it up, knot it…I wear this ‘summer’ dress year-round.


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  • Heidi D.

    I love how you layered over that lace dress! Very cute look.

    Heidi Daoud

  • http://www.thestylescribe.com Merritt Beck

    Love the 2nd and 3rd looks! Chambray is super versatile!

    The Style Scribe

  • http://redreticule.com Red Reticule

    I love how you layered the shirt underneath the cropped sweater. I would have never come to the idea to layer it with a lace skirt and turn it into a casual look. Very creative.

    Red Reticule

  • Kristin Clark

    Love how one simple shirt can work so many different ways! And the layering is great now for the fall!
    Kristin of LivingInColorPrint.com

  • http://www.asequinloveaffair.com/ Shira

    Love all three ways you’re wearing the denim shirt! Adorable!


  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    So many great styling ideas here - can’t believe you haven’t worn this in a while…I’m all about the button-down shirt right now! I think the second look is my favorite :)


  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    Of course I adore it layered over the lace dress, and the crop top is a really fun twist! I don’t know what I’d do without my chambray shirt… unfortunately it’s the rest of the closet that isn’t getting worn.

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Whitney

    Love denim tops!! They’re so diverse and go with pretty much anything. Love all your looks!!!


  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    I totally need to try the denim unbuttoned over a dress…love it!

  • http://fabulouslyaverage.tumblr.com Joanne Almonte Mason

    Love how you layered it under a crop top! Adorable!

  • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

    I think I love it under the crop top best!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I am so guilty of wearing only 20% of my closet. Now I want to go out and buy a crop top to wear with my chambray shirt.

    P.S. I host a weekly TBT Fashion link up and hope you will join me on Thursday.


  • Lisa Cushman

    I LOVE the crop top layering the denim shirt. So often I desire to wear a crop top, but I struggle with what’s an appropriate look for a 38 year old woman. I thank you for solving my dilemma. ;-)

  • Katie L

    First of all, all three of these looks are amazing! I am definitely going to copy them! But secondly, the idea of taking a week and wearing those items from the back of the closet-that is literally the best fashion and closet clean out idea I’ve heard in a very long time! I can’t wait to try it for myself! Thank you so much for that inspiration!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Yay! It goes back to purging; you can really get rid of the stuff you think you love but really doesn’t fit well, itches, is an eh color, etc. Or, you realize, why the heck haven’t I worn this in so long? :)

  • Susie

    You look great in all three outfits and I must say you have an amazing body. Could you please do a post on your workout routine. Thanks.

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      You are so sweet, thank you! Right now my workout routine is very straight forward due to lack of time: I simply try to get in 30 minutes of a fast-paced run/walk on the treadmill (maybe outside once it cools down here), and try to do 15 minutes of weights, and floor moves like sit-ups, push-ups, etc. I’ve found running, and even shorter lengths at higher speeds has made a huge difference!

  • http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com/ She Said He Said - Fashion

    I love how you paired it with the lace dress, so perfect for warmer days even if they are in fall ;) Love this!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com/

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Thanks so much! Also works well for us girls who live in the South wanting to embrace Fall. :)

  • Ombre Vogue

    Love the versatility of denim shirts! You can literally pair them with anything, and you’ve done such a great job, I love all three of the looks <3


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