Soft, durable and versatile, chambray is one of our favorite borrowed-from-the-boys fabrics. Inspired by vintage U.S. Navy workshirts, chambray is here to stay.
Not to be confused with denim, chambray is a softer, lighter-weight choice with an authentic faded and sun-kissed look. The ultimate season-spanning fabric, these qualities make it easy to pair with a variety of colors and styles.
The flared sleeves of this Chelsea & Violet blouse add a touch of boho chic to the everyday. Pair it with this lace pencil skirt from Chelsea & Violet for a fun, casual daytime look. Continue the chambray look to your toes with the smokey blue Fossil Maddox flats. Pull it all together with the coordinating tomato Key-Per shopper tote from Fossil. Add coral and chambray to your beauty routine with Uber pink lip color from Bobbi Brown and Bossy Boots nail lacquer from butter LONDON.
Contrast stitching and a zipper chest pocket add modern flair to this chambray shirt from Jones New York Signature. Pair it with dark denim like these NYDJ bootcut jeans to continue the chic take on head-to-toe denim. For a bold punch of color, add this fuchsia Diane tote bag from Gianni Bini. Create a little flair with the dot heart & bow drop earrings from Betsey Johnson and the Join Me wedge sandal from Chinese Laundry in royal blue.
Fading lends a vintage feel to the Lucy chambray shirt from Cremieux while a mandarin collar adds a stylish twist. Kick start a shopping adventure with it as a jacket over the Lina striped dress from Cremieux, canvas Champion slip-on shoes from Keds and the Sunset African opal statement necklace from Barse. Keep your essentials close at hand with the MICHAEL Michael Kors Charlton cross-body bag in vanilla. Be certain you are fashionably on time with this chronograph watch from Michael Kors.
If you like the look of chambray, but prefer a darker wash, you’ll love this button-front shirt from KUT from the Kloth. The darker chambray pairs well with colored denim, like these beach-inspired Sofia coral jeans from Lucky Brand Jeans. Signature drop earrings from T Tahari and the Oil Rub Barcelona saddle bag from Patricia Nash coordinate with the buttons of your shirt, while the Moran wedges from Lucky Brand give you tribal flair.
What’s your favorite way to wear chambray? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Even if pumps are your go-to during the week, leave room in your off-duty lineup for casual sneakers. They offer relaxed comfort, but earn must-have status for their playful spirit and iconic design.
This pairing is delightfully unexpected for 2 reasons. First, casual lace-ups play well with dresses. (Together, they effortlessly create a fun and feminine vibe.) And second, the Superga 2750 sneaker, a classic since 1925, comes in shimmering shades.
To strike the perfect balance between polished and laidback, start with a bright and breezy blouse, add your favorite cropped pants and finish with animal-print sneakers. These laceless Keds are the easiest way to add spots to your look – just slip them on and go.
Punch up a T-shirt and jeans day with bright kicks. These raspberry Converses add a delicious pop of color to your casual blank canvas.
Shop Shimmer: Superga 2750 Metallic Sneakers, Gianni Bini Clark Tier Dress
Shop Spots: Keds Laceless Animal-Print Sneakers, Antonio Melani Cassidie Sleeveless Blouse, Antonio Melani Maxine Skinny-Leg Pants
Shop Color Pop: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers, BCBGeneration Hi-Low Hem Top
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Deceptively simple, the white tee is your closet’s MVP (Most Versatile Piece). More than a casual basic, this essential is a wardrobe workhorse you can turn to any time. We took an Alternative Apparel top from work to evening to errands — it’s a smart staple that merits more than one wear a week.
- 9-to-5 Polish: For a refreshingly lightweight feel that’s also sleek, trade your button-down blouse for a white tee. Tuck your tee into a prim pencil skirt and pair with a structured bag and pump for a professional finish. But don’t forget your statement necklace — neon pops perfectly against the blank canvas.
- After-Hours Concert: Who says the white tee doesn’t have personality? A colored jean, asymmetric vest and fringed boot take the tee from clean-cut to edgy. Add a vintage-inspired bag and you’ll stand out in even the most crowded venue.
- Weekend Errands: Everyone runs errands — run yours with style. For a clever take on comfortable, pair your white tee with relaxed shorts and animal-print sneakers. A roomy tote (in durable nylon) boasts plenty of room for shopping lists and impulse purchases. Iconic aviator sunglasses let you go incognito if you so choose.
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