Thursday, August 17, 2023

Summer Denim with Ageless Style

Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women of all ages.   Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.  This month's theme is "Summer Denim" and was picked by Jodie.

This month's "Ageless Style" theme is "Summer Denim".  When this theme was first announced my initial thought was "I don't wear denim in summer, it's too hot!".   Well, I do occasionally wear denim shorts, but usually only around the house.  And frankly, I've been finding those too uncomfortable to wear too and prefer lightweight cotton or linen drawstring shorts.  But, what I do wear in summer is chambray:  denim's look-a-like cousin.  It's really not denim at all, but it sure looks like it.  

So what is the difference between denim and chambray you ask?  Well, denim is designed with a twill weave whereas chambray is made with a plain weave resulting in a softer fabric more suitable for shirts.  Denim is more rugged and is used more for pants and jackets.  

Chambray is my  summer denim.  I own two chambray skirts and one chambray dress.  For the challenge I chose this ruffled hem chambray skirt from my closet.  I paired it with a new top from "Daily Thread".  It's a new-to-me store in our local mall, but I found the top on-line and linked it for you.  I would never normally buy such a bright floral top like this, but the second I saw it I knew it would go perfect with my chambray skirt and to wear on my anniversary date with my hubby to a botanical garden.

It's a peasant style top with ruffled elastic sleeves which I pushed up above my elbow.  The fabric is so comfortable,  I loved wearing this top.  I tied the bottom of the top into a knot instead of tucking it in.

Because we were touring a garden in the hot sun I wore a white sun hat and comfortable, neutral sporty sandals.  I carried a hot-pink cross-body bag to match the colors in my top and also for travel convenience.

This was a beautiful garden in Madison Wisconsin that I can't wait to tell you more about in a future travel post.  My favorite part of the garden was the Thailand Garden;  isn't the structure pictured in the background beautiful?

So what about you?  Do you wear denim in summer?  I'd love to hear from you.

Now, be sure and check out how the other ladies in our group are styling their summer denim, and link up with us as well!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. Ideal outfit for summer :) You look great :)

  2. I love your skirt! Do you remember where you bought it??

    1. Thank you. I do, but I didn't mention it because it was years ago and the store I bought it from was going out of business. The store was Younkers, and the skirt is by Ivanka Trump if that helps.

  3. We loved the botanical garden in Madison, WI! Such a beautiful place to visit but we only went once some years ago!
    Your chambray skirt looks fantastic and it's a great idea to wear a denim look in summer without the thickness of denim. I personally love wearing denim in summer (shorts, ankle pants and crops). I used to have a skirt similar to yours but it was more ruffly and made my short legs appear shorter so I donated it.

    1. Would you believe I didn't even know Madison had a botanical garden and I have lived within 3 hours away most of my life. Thanks so much. Yes, I love the skirt. It's very different with the ruffle.

  4. That skirt is absolutely adorable!! I love it. You look great and very summery.

  5. Your skirt is darling! This is such a cute summer look!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  6. Yep, only lightweight chambray or denim for me in the summer. I love how your skirt has that ruffle too. What a fabulous look, Amy,

  7. You couldn't have picked a more prefect outfit for a garden tour. It looks lovely on you.

  8. I wholly agree chambray was made for summer. I love this ruffle skirt you are wearing and it looks great with the floral top!

    Allie of

  9. The way you described your chambray skirt makes me think my dress was more chambray and less denim...a kissing cousin, like you suggested, to denim. That skirt is adorable and you styled it perfectly with that great blouse. I like the way you pushed the sleeves up above your elbows, more comfortable there and cooler, too. The photo of you with the yellow cottage in the background is just as pretty as they come.

    1. Yes, your dress was chambray, so was the halter top Joanne showed. Thanks so much.

  10. I really do like chambray. It's so much cooler and comfortable than denim. I think your skirt and top are so summery, and you look lovely in them! I don't wear as much denim in the summer with the exception of denim jackets.

  11. That is such a cute skirt on you and perfect for the theme! I wear a lot of denim mini skirts in summer, but I have a few chambray pieces I love to wear too! I like the bright florals and bag with this, beautiful outfit :)

    Thanks for joining the Weekday Wear Link up :)


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