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Outfit Formula: The Camp Shirt

This spring, a camp shirt is on our list of wardrobe must-haves.

Interestingly, the camp shirt originated in menswear, specifically as a lightweight button-down work shirt worn by men in Cuba. Today, the elements that made it practical, like a short sleeve, loose fit, and breathable fabric, are ideal for women.

On Monday, we featured this shirt from Banana Republic. They call it a “resort shirt,” which is also appropriate since we are in what used to be called “resort” season in retail.

Resort season is a short window when stores receive their first early spring deliveries targeted towards customers headed on vacation. And this shirt would be the first thing I put in my suitcase if I was heading out of town. 

The Camp Shirt

Camp Shirt,$70

Whatever we call it, it’s a soft button-down with an open collar, and it’s IDEAL to wear in early spring and all summer long. So if you are looking for a warm-weather shirt that looks polished without being fussy, this outfit formula might be perfect for you.

Below is the Basic Formula to focus on: 

And here it is brought to life:

Camp Shirt Outfit Formula


yellow camp shirt, tan easy pants, tan slide heels, straw clutch, and gold drop earrings.


Camp Shirt,$70 | The Easy Pant, $68 | Slide Sandals, $90 | Weave Drop Earrings, $130 | Straw Clutch, $22 

For this outfit, I’m using the Banana Republic “Resort Shirt” in a color they are calling Chia Tea. It’s a deep gold. It’s also available Passion Punch, a deep rose.

Looking for something neutral? You can get it in black or white too. 

Available in sizes XXS – XXL in regular, petite and tall

First, the pants This top needs to be worn with a high-waisted bottom. You can wear jeans, twill,  linen, or trousers in a four-season fabric.

Above, I’m using The Easy Pant by Everlane. This is a different style from the pants we typically feature. It has an elastic waistband a generous straight leg and should skim the ankles.

Here’s the deal, you tuck the top into your pants and let it blouse. This look is all about the drape of the blouse.
Then, another important element is to make sure you pair this with a solid shoe, something with weight.

That’s why I’m using these under $100 tan suede slides with a block heel. These balance the volume of the blouse and pants.

Finally, the accessories. I’m pretending we’re going someplace warm and fabulous in this. So I found these gorgeous earrings to dress the look up and this $22 woven clutch from Amazon to add some seasonal texture

To see all our 2022 Outfit Formulas click here

Outfit Formula: The Camp Shirt

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Laurie Walker

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Hi Megan,

Love this shirt but the rose is a better color for me. Could you suggest a shoe color that you think would work well with the rose shirt and white pants.


Laurie Walker

Monday 28th of February 2022

@Megan Kristel,

Megan, thanks a million. Love your posts. Laurie 🙂

Megan Kristel

Sunday 27th of February 2022

I wouldn't change anything, all the other items are neutral and go with any of the colors. :)

Tracy Gray

Friday 25th of February 2022

Love this! It is perfect for looking and feeling good. Thank you. By the way I’d isn’t comment but I loved the how to wear red pants!


Thursday 24th of February 2022

I love this look! I’m gonna try the pants but hesitant because I carry my weight in my lower body specifically my thighs. I would love to see a few more looks using this pant. As I feel like this a newer trend silhouette for many of us. I would struggle with how else to wear. As always, thanks for the great content. I look forward to your emails every day


Thursday 24th of February 2022

I love this outfit too, but so frustrated to find that in Petites it doesn't come in the golden yellow (chia) color! UGH!


Thursday 24th of February 2022

I absolutely love your outfit formula feature! I never know what shoes to put with different silhouettes. Thanks!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Thanks Nancy! I'm so glad it's helpful.

Jo Ann Guillory

Thursday 24th of February 2022

I would like to see the outfit on an actual model or person as well as just laid out. That would be so much more helpful to know if the look is right and doable for me. Enjoy your blog and find it very informative. Thank you.. Jo Ann

Megan Kristel

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Seems simple. But to do something like this requires models of all shapes and sizes, photographers, all the clothing, and accessories, and a space to shoot. This is a one women show, I have no where near the resources for that kind of undertaking.

Cynthia Brown

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Megan - love love love this combo. Would you build one with the shirt that can be worn with flat shoes as well? Also one with the pants and flat shoes? That would make both these items so versatile for me as I wear flat shoes 90% of the time. These posts always find their way to my Pinterest board….they are so helpful to refer to!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Hi! Thank you! And super easy to switch this up. Just wear a full length straight leg pant with your favorite flat, comfortable sandal. The reason we use a block heel above is because the pants are cropped and need a little lift :) But all of these formulas are flexible.