- Summer Staple: The Chambray Shirt -
While I search for my perfect chambray button down shirt, I had to put together a few of the many outfits floating around in my head… ways I can wear said shirt when I get it… shared with anyone else that might be looking for or already own the summer staple. If you find a lightweight chambray shirt, you’ll discover you can wear it a million ways this summer. Above you’ll see the chambray shirt: as a coverup, with colored denim, tied in front over a printed dress, and open for a casual look with a tank and jeans.
Anna Lynne McCord was seen wearing hers over a bikini at the beach in May. I love the chambray shirt as a cover up when it’s tied in the front as Anna shows, but if you want more coverage, you can still wear it untied and open or buttoned. Throw on some colored shorts and you can stop in to grab a bite or run a few errands. Don’t forget summer’s beautiful floral denim… also pairs well with the chambray shirt - like these Current/Elliott jeans found here.
Sleeves rolled up, sleeves down, tied in the front, bottoned down, open…. so many possibilities. Ashley Tisdale is wearing hers open with an easy tank and jeans. It’s a simple way to break up Ashley’s all white attire for a comfortable summer look.
I can’t get enough of the chambray shirt with colored denim - skinny jeans or cutoffs, summer’s denim colors pair beautifully with your shirt. I remember a denim shirt I had in middle school that I wore with red jeans! Crazy that I’m recreating the look with modern style a decade later. The jeans have gotten skinnier and more fitted in summery colors and the shirt in lighter material in a spectrum of washes.
Prints are a popular trend, and of course, the chambray shirt pairs well with those, too! My fav is the chambray shirt tied in front over a tribal print summer frock or maxi dress. It’s a great way to wear the same dress twice with a completely different look.
I caution pairing the shirt with denim jeans in a typical denim wash. Just be careful to find shades that compliment instead of appearing farmer-esque. Click here to see how Anne Hathaway pulled off the denim on denim look, and Katie Holmes flaunts denim on denim in a casual chic outfit here. Both wore a darker wash jean with a very light wash shirt. It can be done, but it requires the appropriate pieces.
Try out any of these looks for a fashionable, versatile summer of outfits! Have fun with chambray :)
Hudson Jeans skinny leg jeans, £195
Forever 21 cut off denim shorts, $14
Anna Lynne McCord Chambray Coverup: People.com, $92
Amazon.com: Woolrich Women’s Chambray Shirt: Clothing, $59
Carnival photo, bright, colorful ferris wheel, summer, town fair,…, $25