How To Wear Classic Chambray

Chambray is one of the most versatile fabrics you can find in your closet, whether your reach for a soft classic chambray shirt, broken in like a favorite pair of jeans, or a feminine shirtdress that looks equally stylish with boots or ballet flats. Chambray is a staple that should be part of every wardrobe.  And styling classic chambray is just downright fun because it looks as fabulous paired with florals as with edgier street looks like black leather.


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Chambray, which is typically cotton, is also a great transitional fabric that will effortlessly take you from spring to summer and from summer to fall.  Struggling with what to wear on the weekend?  Chambray is your fashion BFF.  Wear it alone or layer it.  Chambray is a softer, more feminine fabric than dark denim that looks equally lovely with bright and bold colors, pastels, or crisp white.  Denim on denim looks are also trending, and a light chambray button down paired with darker denim skinny jeans gives a fresh modern monochromatic look.

Whether you opt for a menswear inspired soft button down or a classic shirtdress, chambray is a material that will work with you and for you nearly all year long.  Here are 8 outfit ideas to inspire you to explore the infinite possibilities of classic chambray.


1. Chambray with Prints

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A shy chambray button down looks fabulous paired with a bold print, such as a floral pencil skirt.  Have a fun retro look floral dress or feminine romper?  Layer it under chambray.  A chambray button down also looks great with floral lace-trimmed shorts.

Get the look:

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2. Chambray and Summer Shades

A chambray shirt looks fantastic in the summer with colored skinny jeans that inspire a tropical feel, such as pale pink, yellow or mint green.  Add sandals and a pair of shades and you’re ready for the weekend.

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3. Chambray is the New White

For a crisp and casual modern look at the office, trade your white tailored blouse for a chambray button down, which works fabulously with a black pencil skirt.  Add a surprise touch of color with bold bright heels and an extra pop of unexpected color with a fun bag in an attention-grabbing shade.

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4. Layer It and Wear It

Cool nights call for layers and a chambray shirt looks preppy and classic peeking from underneath a crewneck sweater or for a dressier look, opt to wear a blazer over your chambray shirt.  Reverse the layers and use your chambray shirt or dress as a layer over a feminine cami or a plain white t-shirt.

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5. Animal Attraction Meet Classic Chambray

Chambray looks fabulous paired with animal prints.  A chambray shirt dress can be accessorized with a zebra scarf or fun heels in a leopard print.   A chambray button down looks sexy with a leopard pencil skirt.  No matter how you mix it, animal prints and chambray are a classic combo.

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6. Layer Over A Dress

Bare legs emerge in early spring and a chambray shirt makes a fantastic lighter layer over a dress when tied at the waist.  A jacket or sweater can be too bulky over a dress when the weather warms up, but a chambray shirt makes the perfect outer layer.

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7. White Jeans for the Win

Nothing says cool prep like crisp white jeans and a chambray button down.  Add a panama hat and a straw bag and you’ll look like you are ready for an afternoon at the yacht club, even if you’re just going to your corner coffee shop.

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8. Stripes and Chambray Equal Nautical Perfection

Chambray and stripes are a match made in nautical heaven.  Even if you’re not headed to the marina, this combo is a fresh look for summer.  We love a chambray button down layered over a striped t-shirt or dress.  And what about wearing a seersucker summer weight blazer over a chambray shirt dress?

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Do you own a chambray shirt or shirtdress?  Let us know if you try any of these ideas and how they inspire you to say yes to classic chambray!

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