This best part about fall weather in the Pacific Northwest is sweaters, they get their shining moment to be worn on their own without a jacket. Some layering might be required, but it's still warm enough to get away without needing true outerwear.
What I love about this sweater is the pattern and the short sleeves, but of course it's getting a little too chilly for bare forearms. A great way to re-invent your wardrobe is to layer in unexpected ways and a great chambray shirt does this so well. Plus, I always think layers look smart, maybe because it truly is extra effort for me to put together a great layered look. You have to try on more than one shirt to begin with, and adjust. And then possibly try again.
For a chambray shirt that you'd like to wear on it's own as well as layer, a thinner fabric and a slimmer fit is key. And go for one that doesn't have a lot of embellishments on the chest pockets - unless you want that Madonna Vogue look. It works sometimes.
A great fitting chambray shirt is something you will keep for years and will be a workhorse in your wardrobe.
And don't be afraid to wear denim with denim. I love a darker chambray with lighter denim, or a lighter chambray with darker jeans, or any of it with black denim, or how about finding that just right shirt that is the same color as your denim. Hello Canadian tuxedo chic.
sweater - Queen Anne Dispatch. old
chambray shirt - Madewell. old
jeans - DL1961 distressed by me.
shoes - Dolce Vita, find here.
here are my favorite chambrays...