August 15, 2012

Three Ways: Chambray Shirt

With the ongoing phenomenon of tomboy-style dressing, it is no wonder that the chambray shirt has cemented its place as a staple in the wardrobes of women across the country (and in many others). Jeans are forever an American icon, providing comfort, variety, and versatility. The chambray shirt achieves similar success: the soft material and loose shape ensures maximum comfort, a multitude of washes and styles provides an option for everyone, and it can be worn with almost anything.

For these reasons, the chambray shirt is a favorite, and especially so as we consider the dawn of autumn. Equally effective as a top or an extra layer, the style is fully capable of carrying your summer garb into the next season.

I've created three different looks as inspiration for summer-to-fall outfits for the chambray shirt. These ideas will work with one that you already own. My example is the Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Harvest Wash from Madewell: the basic in its simplest form, for those who are looking for the perfect chambray find.
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Madwell chambray shirt (available here), Kenzo skirt (available here), Cheap Monday boots (available here), Cole Haan belt (available here), Moon Raven Designs ring (via Etsy - available here), All Saints feather ring (available here).
Wear your chambray shirt over a colorful, printed skirt and add a skinny belt for an instant hourglass effect. The new season calls for chunky boots; accessorize with subtle but edgy rings to keep the focus on the garments.
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Madewell chambray shirt (available here), J. Crew wool pants (available here), Pierre Hardy sandals (available here), Stella & Dot necklace (available here), Topshop spike ring set (available here).

A chambray shirt is the perfect canvas for a statement necklace. Choose one that is detailed all the way around; heavy embellishment only in the center will weigh down the look. Cuffed trousers in a fun hue and heels with metallic detailing provide elegance.

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Madewell chambray shirt (available here), Alice + Olivia floral dress (available here), Alexandre Birman calf-hair platform pumps (available here), Pieces skinny belt in neon peach (available here).
Try wearing your chambray shirt over a bright summer dress. Belt at the waist to define your shape. Add neutral shoes and minimal to no accessories so all eyes are on your eye-catching frock and its chambray companion.

Now that summer's coming to a close, my chambray shirt from Madewell will finally be seeing the light of day. How do you wear yours?

8 comments:

  1. Me gusta mucho el tercer outfit.
    Besitos

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  2. Charlee GreenhalghAugust 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I love chambray shirts and think they are such a great item to spruce up an outfit :) I had some statement leggings that I wasn't sure how to wear so teamed them up with my shirt and worked out great :)


    Charleehttp://charmedcharlee.blogspot.co.uk/xxxx

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  3. Those boots in the first outfit... gimme!


    Ava Tallulah

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  4. I love this Madewell chambray shirt, and your post seriously made me covet it even more than before! Plus, all three outfit ideas are perfect :)

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  5. Love the third outfit the most. I definitely need a denim shirt in my closet.

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  6. love the third outfit. genius! :)

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  7. Wonderful idea! I'll have to see how mine fares with my Mary Katrantzou/Topshop leggings.

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  8. Thanks so much! Madewell shirts are extremely well-made, definitely worth the price.

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