After seeing chambray all over my sister’s campus at Amherst College, I kept a sharp eye out for it once fall break ended and I was back on the hill. People at Denison have started making the trend their own and it has been popping up everywhere. While it might seem like a strange concept to have a jean shirt, chambray does look very casual but is also a button-down which adds a polished element while still being comfortable. It also comes in a variety of thread counts that influence its shade and texture, taking it closer or further from the jean look and feel. Overall, it is a very neutral material that can go with anything and therefore be styled all year round.
For fall, chambray can be great for layering with knitwear, a quilted vest or simply worn on its own. Mimi styled her shirt with dark-washed jeans and black boots making it look very crisp but also relaxed. She is wearing a loose fit with a light wash and pocket detail, which is another feature of chambray that adds to its classic, preppy appeal. Her gold necklace stands out very well against her light chambray, making it a nice accessory option. Initials and monograms are a nice way to add a personal touch to an outfit, and can be as subtle or emphasized as you want.
Topshop’s chambray is made of lightweight cotton and comes in pale blue. Its pockets are fold over with buttons, adding dimension, and its roll up tab sleeves make it perfect for pairing with some gold bracelets or tucking into a cardigan. For a more denim-based look, Madewell has a dark-washed chambray looks worn in and vintage with beautiful stitching. J.Crew’s chambray comes in polka-dots, giving the shirt some nice detail and expanding on another fall trend without being too much. Ali and KRIS’s chambray has shoulder stitching that, with its light wash and pocket spots, looks very western. There’s a chambray style for everyone and you need not look far.