I couldn’t help but to scream when I saw this Fashionista. I had been walking around the entire campus searching for the perfect Fashionista to represent this week’s column and then I found her. Her outfit is to die for, at least in my opinion. Besides asking her if I could photograph her for CollegeFashionista I also wanted to ask her if she would like to swap outfits? I know weird, but currently I am coveting a perfect chambray shirt to pair with almost everything in my closet.
After talking with this Fashionista, her chambray shirt is a thrift store find, which reminded me that a chambray shirt is such a classic piece that can be found almost everywhere. It is often forgotten because characteristically it can be associated the down and dirty blue collar workers. It’s a workingman’s shirt, but from the past few seasons it has turned into an effortlessly chic must-have.
Just how denim is essentially a neutral, so is chambray. One can pair it with a floral skirt, leggings, denim, khakis, etc. It can easily dress down a look, without resorting to your pajama or sweatpants.
The trick is to find the perfect chambray shirt regarding the color and cut you want. As mentioned before, this Fashionista found her shirt in a thrift store. She mentioned to me that she did her own tailoring job by cutting off the sleeves. I would not advise doing this because knowing my own abilities to handle scissors, I would destroy the poor shirt. It works for her, though, because she covers in nicely with an off-white blazer and adds a cute bow tie.
Some great options for a chambray shirt can be found at J.Crew, but there are an endless amount of places that carry them as well. As for the rest of her look, which I will be morphing into my own, can be translated down to this similar bag from Kate Spade, flats and leggings from Gap, a great neutral blazer from Piperlime and a bow tie from American Apparel to top it all off.