As much as I hate to admit it, every time I encounter a new take on denim, I instantaneously flashback to the legendary Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears outing at the 2001 American Music Awards. Ringing in the new millennium in what would unceasingly evolve into the current denim craze, the moment’s biggest couple proudly displayed their relationship status, as well as their love for the timeless fabric.
As any seasoned Fashionista can agree, head to toe trends have proven the most complex, and attempts at such monochromatic trends have often quickly crossed over from perfectly put together to exceedingly humiliating. While many may hate to admit that they once worshiped the pop prince/princess’s turn-of-the-century look, Fashionistas of both past and current eras can surely agree that taking on a head to toe denim ensemble is anything but easy.
Drumroll, please… Introducing chambray, the effortless fabric that has hidden in denim shadows for so long – and surely in the depths of Fashionista closets everywhere. Dressed both up and down and accentuating styles from rugged to dainty, the versatile fabric has sculpted a variety of looks and styles. Unquestionably among the most popular chambray styles, blue-tinted button-downs have been repeatedly styled by both fashion icons and campus Fashionistas, alike. With a multifaceted silhouette that allows the piece to be worn with just about anything, button-up chambrays go double-duty, serving as shirts, layered jackets and, yes, even belts for grunge-inspired Fashionistas who too-often reminisce on the ‘90s.
The natural thinness of chambray material asserts its appropriateness as a summer essential when warm southern weather leaves fashion experts yearning for instant relief from thick and bulky jeans. Adding an instant cool factor to any outfit, literally, chambray pieces can easily transform any look and even take the simplest of pairings from day to night through varying styling choices.
Those craving a flirty take on the denim-inspired trend should follow this Fashionista’s lead. This Fashionista exemplified a well-balanced denim-on-denim style. Her choice of contrasting denim washes and polar hues proved key to differentiating her two key pieces. Adding an impactful punch to her look, this Fashionista chose to unbutton her chambray top, allowing a colorful tank top to make a statement of its own. Styling the shirt as a light jacket, this Fashionista showcased an untraditional aspect of the soft, denim trend and enhanced what would have otherwise been an ordinary look. Her choice of mod-patterned denim bottoms further accentuated the contrasting nature of both denim pieces, keeping her from a total blue-hued washout.
Keeping accessories to a minimum, this Fashionista opted for simple sandals and allowed the blouse’s pearl-finished buttons to complete the chambray-chic look.
Fashionistas everywhere can continuously transition chambray pieces throughout seasons by swapping complementing shorts for longer lengths, as well as by layering chambray styles under pullovers for preppy cold-month alterations.