If you’re a fan of stores like J. Crew and Madewell, I don’t have to tell you about the wonder that is the chambray shirt. If you’re not, meet this new wardrobe staple that was pretty much made for the summer. (And FYI, they’re not called “jean shirts.”)
The chambray shirt is more than just a button down – this item makes a great lightweight alternative to the denim jacket this season and can be styled in so many ways. Have you helped yourself to one of them yet? Check out our styling selections and make the most out of your new purchase.
Summery: Nothing screams summer like a good pair of white jeans – and while they’re totally seasonal, they aren’t the easiest piece to style. The solution? Add a slightly oversized chambray shirt in a light wash. It’s such an easy casual-yet-polished summer look that you can dress down (with flat sandals) or up (with wedges) and rock all season long
Monochromatic: Rock a slightly more fabulous version of the Canadian tuxedo by pairing your chambray shirt with blue denim. The look seems crazy, but it’s actually super trendy – try tucking your shirt in, choosing two contrasting washes and adding a nude belt to break up all that blue.
Feminine: Choose a super girly, lightweight skirt – maybe a lace-trimmed or floral version – and add your chambray shirt to balance out all that femininity. Pair with some edgy cage sandals and a fun crossbody bag for a perfectly balanced look.
Beachy: Chambray shirt as a cover-up. Genius, right? Wear some black shorts with them en route to the beach and once you get there, lose the shorts, unbutton the shirt and drink a damn marg.
Easy: Take a simple dress – maybe a solid black, maybe a striped number – and wear your chambray shirt over it, unbuttoned. This is the best way to capitalize on the whole ‘almost like a denim jacket’ thing, expect it’s a way more effortless and breezy look. Edge the look out with some booties (or even combat boots as we head into fall) and an oversized clutch.