Trend Alert: Chambray Shirts

February 2nd, 2010


When the world around us feels more uncertain, fashion tends to turn back towards the classics.  Wardrobe staples and fashion foundations suddenly feel fresh again.  And in this shaky economic climate, one of the most proletarian garments, the chambray shirt, is re-emerging as a fashion statement.  But how do you wear a chambray shirt?  Fitted chambray shirts look fresh paired with trousers and khakis.  We also love the look of oversized chambray shirts paired with leggings and boots.  Best thing about this look?  Come spring, belt your oversized chambray shirt, and you’ll have the world’s simplest shirtdress.  Here’s six chambray shirts worth a look:  

1. Levis Chambray Western Shirt | $118.98 at ASOS

2. Cecelia Chambray Shirt | $17.80 at Forever 21

3. Chambray Popover Shirt | $78 at J Crew

4. AE Chambray Western Shirt | $44.50 at American Eagle

5. Vintage Chambray Western Shirt | $79.50 at Martin + Osa

6. Bleached Denim Shirt | $60 at Topshop

How would you wear a chambray shirt?
  Share your style with us in the comments!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. simpleelegance  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 6:05 am

    hate the look…
    reminds me of my 90s waldrobe… eek!

  • 2. simpleelegance  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 6:07 am


  • 3. Sally  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Still not sure how to style this item … my instinct is to go full-cowgirl, and that often looks costume-y!

  • 4. Sarah P.  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I have one from AE (slightly different than the one you linked to, no studs) and wear it with my black pencil skirt (tucked in), nude pumps, and gold bangles. Still looking for a black and white graphic bag to pair with it.
    I also plan to wear it in the summer over a ruffly tank and printed shorts.

  • 5. Becca  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I agree with Sally – I like these shirts but I never quite know how to wear them without looking western-ey (or too 90’s!). I might try a light colored shirt with dark skinny jeans so that it looks more rockin’ than country. I think I would feel boring if I wore them khaki pants although the J. Crew look is nice. I’m curious to see what ideas other readers have!

  • 6. Beatrice  |  February 3rd, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I purchased mine about 2 weeks ago; it is similar to the one from JCrew without too much “Western” influence.

    I have already worn it for the winter as a top layer for my red/white striped tee, and well as untucked underneath my gray cashmere pullover and a skinny belt. I will be wearing it into the spring unbuttoned with a tank underneath, and white shorts and leather sandals, or even tucked into my black pencil skirt, with black pumps. Anything but western, since I don’t dig the whole western vibe either!

  • 7. Ele  |  February 6th, 2010 at 6:37 am

    i love chambray paired with black or khaki skinnies. Button it up with a skinny tie and you’ve go instant mod americana. hehe. There’s one from banana republic that has a wonderful finish to it and does not have any cowgirl vibe. I’m a new reader and I really like the design of this site.

  • 8. GeorgieNYC  |  February 8th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    you can do black jeans with more feminine shoes, ie ballet slippers. tried the ones at at j crew and topshop! think j crew fit better.

  • 9. Wande- Ladyee Boutique  |  February 10th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Love Chambray shirts!

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