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.
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.
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.

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?


  1. Me gusta mucho el tercer outfit.

  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 :)


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

    Ava Tallulah

  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 :)

  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! :)

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

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