The chambray shirt has made a comeback over the past couple of years (as many clothing items do) and this year it’s still riding the wave of trendsetting and versatility.
This exact time last year I had picked out a chambray shirt to put underneath the Christmas tree and told my mom she should get one for my sister as well. I thought everyone should have one! I was super excited to unwrap that gift last year and my sister….well, her face didn’t show the same enthusiasm I had for it. It was more of a, what am I supposed to do with this kind of thing expression. Definitely out of her comfort zone. Where to me, I thought of it as another white/black/neutral shirt and the endless possibilities! It was a difference in opinion for sure.
With that memory from last year and the still thriving chambray shirt on the market this year, I thought it might be helpful to show how versatile chambray shirts can really be and how you can incorporate them into numerous looks over the next couple of months.
One great option would be to pair the chambray shirt with a different shade of denim. Here I choose a chocolate brown Citizen of Humanity skinny jean (similar pair found here) and rolled up the bottom to show off a little ankle. Then paired it with a fringed, camel brown, BCBG high heel shoe (similar heel found here). To top off the outfit I picked a gold, chain link necklace with shimmering pinks and metallics. It helps to dress up the outfit and make it look a little more polished. If it’s a cold night out, simply put on a fitted blazer and you’re ready for cocktails!
Another option is to put the chambray shirt over a fitted to semi-fitted dress. I wouldn’t recommend this option if the dress is loose. Loose over loose doesn’t look that great on a lot of people, so I’d keep that in mind when choosing the bottom item. The bottom item in this case is a Piko fitted, navy and red striped dress (similar one found here and is on sale for under $20!). Use a bold, chunky necklace and then pair some booties with it to finish off the look. My navy booties are from Crown Vintage, but are currently sold out – sorry!! (similar pair found here). Any kind of neutral bootie or even high boots will work. Whatever you choose to wear on your feet, pair it with some leggings to keep your legs warm in the colder months. Fleece-lined leggings if you’re always cold like me!
One last option, and one you can probably even wear to work, is to tuck the shirt into a pencil skirt. In this example, I’ve paired the shirt with a Banana Republic pencil skirt (similar one found here), a bold graphic scarf from Old Navy, some bracelets and a pair of Tory Burch Reva flats (black pair found here). Depending on the pencil skirt you choose, you probably already own a scarf that will work great. Remember it’s okay to mix patterns. Stripes and flowers, polka dots and plaid, herringbone and leopard. There are tons of possibilities out there, so just play around with it. You don’t always have to be matchy matchy with your clothing items. The shirt and shoes are a neutral in this example, so have some fun with the skirt and scarf. Or, if you already own a solid colored pencil skirt, have fun with a patterned pair of tights.
Do you want to buy a chambray shirt yet? At the very beginning of this post, I’ve linked some chambray shirts that I found and happen to like in various shades of blue. The Old Navy one is on super sale right now (for Cyber Monday), so if you’re not sure of the shirt yet, go ahead and purchase something less expensive. You can always upgrade later when you fall in love and need multiple versions. Happy holidays to you!