The chambray shirt, as we know it now, has been on the scene for a good 10+ years. It’s one of those pieces that I’ve seen so much and worn so much that it’s starting to feel a little boring.
In fact, this summer, I fell out of love with my chambray shirt.
I wore it here and there, but I never felt like myself in it. I alllllmost moved it into my storage box, thinking a break from it might help me rekindle the love.
But I’m glad I didn’t. Turns out, all it needed was the tiniest bit of creative styling:
Instead of wearing it buttoned up, like I usually do, I’ve been treating it as a layering piece — wearing it open, like you see here, paired with a high waist and a tucked tee. Those dramatic flares sure help to liven it up, too.
I’ve also been wearing it tied around my waist, and I think it will look killer layered with my new favorite color: cognac / burnished cedar. Can’t wait to try it!
A couple of quick notes about the other pieces in this outfit:
Flares / Looking at these photos, I’m thinking I should hem them just a touch. I know I mentioned that I liked the long hems in this post — and I still want them a little long — but I want to get rid of a few of those breaks.
Tee / I was really happy to find that washing this tee is a breeze. I’ve run it through a cold cycle in the washing machine a few times now. Usually I have to reshape my linen tops after each wash, but this one holds it’s shape — hooray! I still air dry it so that it doesn’t shrink. Fit wise, it’s got great drape and a really, really flattering V, that’s sharper and more pronounced than most V necks. Here’s another outfit with this tee.
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04 | Ankle booties gifted by Fortress of Inca (made responsibly) (Fit note: I took my usual size 7 and they fit just right — although if you want to wear them with socks, you might want to size up a half size.)
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How are you feeling about your chambray shirt these days? Still into it or not so much? Got any styling tips that might help shake things up and give our chambray shirts new life? Share away!