Wardrobe Redux: The Chambray Shirt

by Stacy Cox

Funny story (well it’s funny now, but not so much when I was a freshman at UC Irvine)…

It was the fall of 1991 and I was college bound and so excited to leave the nest for the first time! I took all of my worldly possessions with me, including one brand spankin’ new Gap chambray blouse. I was going to wear it with jeans, skirts and leggings – I intended to be the envy of all. That’s when I ran into a substantial stumbling block: my freshman college roommate, Ms. Psycho-Girl-From-Hell. And promptly, my new chambray shirt disappeared.

You can imagine the distress I endured, the sleepless nights, the “missing” posters I nailed to bulletin boards… I guess I have always been a tad over the top, huh? Ultimately, she returned the shirt to me unharmed, so the story has a happy ending. (Ironically, she is now a criminal defense attorney!)

I haven’t owned a chambray shirt since, however, my urge to splurge on a new one is back and it’s going to make a great staple in my wardrobe once again. Here are a few examples of the many ways to incorporate this classic into your closet:

The chambray shirt goes to work

The coolest aspect of the chambray shirt is its versatilithy. It’s perfect for giving you a polished look as much as it’s ideal to pair with jean shorts.

The chambray shirt goes casual chic

Weekend casual with just a touch of preppy flair in the details.

Chambray chic

So pretty to pair a tailored chambray blouse with an evening skirt. The contrast in styles is what is so striking. And the suede platform pumps and cocktail ring are fabulously glamourous.

One Comment

  1. bellechic27
    Aug 24, 2009 @ 14:18:06

    I love the idea of a chambray shirt! I think its a classic piece every girl should own :)


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