“Style is difficult to define—it is not only what a woman is wearing, it is the way she wears it. Style is your stamp, put on whatever you do” –Author Unknown
Fashion says me too, while style says only me. It has been a widely accepted notion by fashion pundits that style is a way for women to visually express who they are without having to speak—and there are various styles across this modern fashion spectrum that one would only need to take a pick. The key is to find one that suits and is definitive of you. Some women prefer the classy chic while others may be more receptive to the laid-back and casual style though quite a majority tends to mix it up from time to time. In this article, we are going to explore the ways one can style a fashion fabric typical of casual and comfortable style: Chambray. Lighter than denim but definitely thicker than sheer fabrics, chambray has been the epitome of casual style and has been a staple piece for every season.
For the unaware, chambray is a linen-finished gingham cloth with a white weft and a colored warp which in effect would produce a mottled appearance. Undoubtedly, with its lightweight material yet chic veneer, this is that one fabric that easily combines comfort and sophistication. Chambray has also proved to be incredibly versatile and can easily be paired with almost anything—from your wholesale clothing buys to your retail bought clothes. Here are some of the excellent ways you can wear and style your chambray:
1.) As a balancing factor for a dressy skirt
Nowadays, dressy maxi skirts and bright midi skirts are all the range. Their flamboyance would beckon all eyes on you. However, if you are looking for a casual stroll in the park or are simply window shopping in the mall, this type of skirt may be a tad bit too formal and dressy for such a casual affair. To balance it out and to achieve a more subtle look, pair it with your favorite chambray shirt and tuck it into your skirt. This creates a blissful union of classic meets trendy—a casually sophisticated style that is both effortless and timeless.
2.) As a dressed-up romper
Back in the day, rompers were considered as a fashion piece solely for the youth. And though donning a romper may achieve a youthful demeanor, the look is not necessarily exclusive to playgrounds and music festivals. In fact, women of all ages can pull off the look with sophistication and elegance so long as it is not overdone. A good choice is to consider a chambray romper so as not to appear trying hard to be youthful. Play up the romper’s quirkiness by complementing your look with supplemental prints such as stripes or bold patterns. But give it a mature and glam finish by wearing pointed heels and gold jewelry to finish the entire look.
3.) As an adornment to an existing ensemble
Many of you might not see a simple and nondescript chambray shirt as an adornment, but it has true potential as a hands-free accessory. The chambray short can be conveniently tied around your waist should it be a bit too warm outside and is immediately accessible as a makeshift jacket during the nights when it is cold. The chambray shirt is the perfect staple fashion piece for that 90’s throwback trend and with its lightweight material, you can pull off that long-sleeved look sans the bulkiness of an ordinary jacket.
4.) As a refined jumpsuit
Rompers, jumpsuits, playsuits—they come in many names, but that is because this nineties apparel has been given a modern overhaul that makes the piece incredibly versatile, mature and stylish. For a look that would be appropriate for older women, don a jumpsuit that is looks elegant to give you a refined look. Instead of opting for jumpsuits that stop mid-thigh or short jumpsuits which look more at home in EDM festivals, opt for something longer. Choose one that is in chambray fabric and elongate it to achieve a more grown-up look. Pair it with your favorite accessories but keep it at a bare minimum for a classic look. Though the chambray fabric makes the outfit summer-ready, the sleek silhouette makes it dressy enough for a night out in town.
5.) As a catalyst for being whimsical
Chambray, most notably chambray rompers give us an avenue for being playful and even whimsical. There is something about the youthful feel of the apparel itself and its comfortable fabric that brings out the fun side in us. If this is the case, give your ordinary chambray rompers a twist by adding a unique and fun factor to them. An example would be to spice things up with polka-dots. Finish the entire look off with heart-shaped sunglasses, a bright red lip, and a top-knot.
6.) As a pair of comfortable pants
In a world where a pair of skinny jeans is vastly preferred by many, dare to be different by donning a pair of comfortable chambray pants. You may feel like you are wearing pajamas out of the house, but by pairing it with the right top or a fancy blouse, you can offset the feeling of your outfit being far too casual for your taste. Keep the entire look polished by finishing it off with a pair of high-heeled sandals and minimal accessories.
7.) As a casual dress
If you are looking for the right balance between chic, casual and subtle sophistication, then a chambray dress is the way to go. Chambray shirt dresses paired off with the iconic white sneakers are two elements of a casual yet sophisticated look. Go for a chambray dress that has a shorter hemline and keeps the look interesting and feminine by accessorizing with a gold chain.
8.) As a jaunty pair of shirts
A pair of chambray shorts epitomizes all summer apparels with its lightweight material and comfort. The material allows air in which would mean it can provide adequate relief against the summer heat. To complete your summer look, pair it off with your favorite white top and a large leather bag. For your shoes, if you are channeling your inner tomboy, go for your favorite pair of slip ons but if you want a more feminine look, finish the look with a pair of camel or nude wedge sandals.
Indeed, the chambray fabric is an incredibly versatile piece that every self-respecting fashionista should have in her closet. With the various ways you can style it above, there is sure to be one that would instantly become your favorite.