If there’s ever been a year to eat our words in terms of fashion, this seems to be it. From backpacks to Bermuda shorts, styles that we swore we would never, ever, ever wear again are suddenly coming back as major trends. One return that somehow feels new and fresh is the chambray dress. Like the ’80s and early ’90s, the lightweight denim-like fabric is showing up on primarily loose, comfortable shirtdresses and tank dresses. What’s different (read: more modern) is the length and styling. Shorter hemlines paired with heels and wedges offset the potential to look right off the range, while longer hems and boho ankle boots or sneakers add just enough edge. Design to fabrication, you can’t beat the ease and cool comfort of styles like those featured below.
Chambray Embroidered Pintuck Dress, $60, gap.com
Aqua Shirt Dress, $88, bloomingdales.com
Lightweight Washed Chambray Dress, $118, jcrew.com
Fossil Carrie Tie-Waist Chambray Dress, $98, fossil.com
Original Penguin Chambray Dress, $179, originalpenguin.com