In case you haven’t heard, I love chambray.  I love chambray shirts, chambray dresses and I always scour for other chambray pieces when thrifting.  Chambray can be worn a million ways yet some of us still don’t embrace Chambray’s full style power.  This madness needs to end and it needs to end now!  Wear your chambray.  Here’s a few ideas according to style personalities, in case that helps motivate and renew your chambray love.

BOHO CHAMBRAY

I’m starting with the Boho Style Personality because it is the least likely, according to my opinion scientific research, to readily wear chambray.  But there are plenty of options to keep a boho vibe while wearing your chambray…

Little Blonde Book Cable Knit Fringed Vest Chambray Shirt Jeans Suede O T K B Fall Inspo:
Layered with something knitted and fringe-y and earthy looking footwear.
Arezzo Cardigan #anthrofav #greigedesign:
Same idea, different look! A kimono would also work with this look.
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Open over a printed dress – short or long – with a slouchy bag and your favourite accessories.
Ping Embroidered Maxi Skirt #anthropologie:
With a short or long boho-y skirt; tucked, knotted or open; with or without a belt and some big boho earrings.
Weekend Ready, Boho Chic, Street Style, Plus Size Blogger, Curvy Blogger, 30plusstyle, pumpsandstudz:
Another version of the same outfit idea. 

Boho Style Personalities may prefer a lighter, distressed or vintage-wash chambray with a looser relaxed fit.  I gave a go at a boho chambray look all in the name of research…

Elie Tahari skirt $5.60, Anthro top from my closet, Miz Mooz slingbacks $7.70 and accessories from my collection
Elie Tahari skirt $5.60, Anthro top from my closet, Miz Mooz slingbacks $7.70 and accessories from my collection

Boho isn't my primary style personality by any stretch, but I did like this look!
Boho isn’t my primary style personality by any stretch, but I did like this look!

CLASSIC CHAMBRAY

The Classic Style Personality may wonder if chambray is classy enough for her wardrobe.  Let me reassure you, it is!

Tan blazer, skinny black cigarette slacks, chambray button-up shirt, neutral heels, and a giant tote bag - a simple recipe for an effortlessly sophisticated outfit.:
Just swap in a crisp chambray whenever you would wear a classic white button-up shirt! Keep other pieces classic to avoid slipping into other style territories.
Petite 1035 Jacket & Trousers in Super 120s:
Chambray with a suit or tailored separates adds a hip vibe.
A cute way to wear Chambray for work:
Dark chambray tucked into a classic pencil skirt with pumps.
Who doesn't love a classic chambray? #AVENLEGIRLS:
Chambray with classic black pants is always a win.

Classic Style Personalities may prefer a darker wash chambray with a tailored fit.  Here’s my take on classic chambray….

With my black JBrand skinnies and leather pumps $14
With my black JBrand skinnies, leather pumps $14, $2.50 sunnies and accessories from my collection
I love chambray with a pencil skirt too, but this is easy classic style for the weekend!
I love chambray with a pencil skirt too, but this is easy classic style for the weekend!

COLOURFUL CHAMBRAY

Black Out Style January was all about the Colourful Style Personality and chambray is the perfect neutral equalizer to all your colourful pieces!

a fashion love affair:
Chambray top + colourful bottom = easy outfit
chambray + a-line skirt + leopard shoes. This is a great color combo. The shirt would need to be oxford cloth, and the skirt a bit longer...more sensible shoes...but a great look.:
Skirts or pants – we colourful stylistas like them all!
Liberty toothpick jean in Tresco floral:
Chambray is the ticket to wearing crazy colourful pants anywhere!
Chambray shirt + polka dot dress + skinny belt. Finally a cute way to wear that shirt without looking like everyone else with leggings and riding boots:
LOVE a belted chambray over a colourful dress!

And my latest colourful look (my happy place)…

I don't know about this half-tuck business, but it was worth a try with my new $4.80 green chinos!
I don’t know about this half-tuck business that I’ve been seeing everywhere, but it was worth a try with my new $4.80 green chinos! Floral flats $2 and accessories from my closet.
Love this Just One yellow necklace!
Love this I Am Just One yellow necklace!

PREPPY CHAMBRAY

Preppy style is defined by pastels, monograms and, more recently, sparkly necklaces with sweaters and collared shirts.  J Crew is the epitome of preppy and though I would never claim to be a “prep” (at least since grade 7), I don’t mind a preppy chambray look!

preppy chambray
Is it my imagination or is this the same person?  Looks like an easy summer look to me! 
preppy chambray
If I EVER find a Polo chambray, I will buy it just so I can finally fit in (in 1987 but who’s counting)
minus the blouse I think. a nice blue cami or knit sweater . lovely combination:
Chambray under a sweater is an iconic preppy look! One question though: how is she not boiling?

Preppy can be colourful but it leans more towards whites, neutrals and pastels.  Everything is crisp, clean and J Crew!  Here’s my attempt at chambray prep…

Khaki skinnies $4, necklace $17.50 and Stuart Weitzman leather pumps $20
Khaki skinnies $4, necklace $17.50 and Stuart Weitzman leather pumps $20
These shoes ought to get me into any country club around!  They retail for more than $400!
These shoes ought to get me into any country club around! They retail for more than $400!
Nothing says preppy quite like a button-up shirt and statement necklace.
Nothing says preppy quite like a button-up shirt and statement necklace.  Just wearing this outfit makes me want to rebel against something.

IN CONCLUSION

No matter what your style personality, chambray will work for you!

Which chambray style personality is YOUR favourite?!!
Which chambray style personality is YOUR favourite?!!

5 Comments

  1. Shannon Ebbesen Reply

    The pastel look is very good on you. For the record I did wear the boho maxi skirt look once…however the new looks you posted are inspiring U0001f600U0001f352

  2. Rose by His Grace Reply

    I like the classic style chambray!  Black and chambray look so good together!  I like the way you included the inspiration pictures, and then your look.  I appreciate the extra time, effort and work to do this, but it really shows how you can work the inspiration look to make it your own with the pieces you own.  This encourages us to do likewise.  Thanks for inspiring us!

  3. Rose by His Grace Thank you so much for your kind comments!  That’s exactly what I’m hoping to do – inspire an interpretation instead of an exact copy!

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