The chambray is a classic piece. Everyone has one, from hipsters to soccer moms. You can find one at J.Crew for about $75, or one from a thrift store for a couple singles. Their history is tied in workwear (of the blue collar sort), but they have since become a darling of just about every fashion group. They still come in the classic style; blue, button up and a little loose. However, you can find them with any add-on you can think of, from western-inspired stitching to acid wash. They have become one of the most ubiquitous yet most commonly re-invented pieces on the market today.
So how do you re-invent the overly re-invented? This Fashionista manages to attempt this impossible feat with the magic that is juxtaposition. The smart pairing of the workwear-inspired, classic chambray with a long skirt (typically seen as being on the dressy end of women’s wear) makes a clash bold enough to work. It has they mystery of a boyish cut, suggesting a quick snatch from the boyfriend’s closet. It also has the versatility of a sweater, keeping her warm but with more edge than a cardigan. The edge extends a bit further to the bijoux, the extra bling decorating her ears. The sparkly studs are a mix of girly rhinestones and punk-y extra piercing. Last but not least, she manipulates the shape of the shirt by tying it up. It gives the appearance of a little extra height, and customizes the shirt for her body. That extra bit of tailoring helps it meld smoothly with the dressy skirt length, rather than remaining in the ‘workwear’ category.
She might have conquered one of the remaining few ways to re-invent a chambray before the rest of us. Luckily, we can play copy-cat till we find our own new spin. Get the boyish style by borrowing from the boys with a loose chambray. To keep it classy at the same time, throw on a maxi skirt. It doesn’t have to be a solid, opaque number either; try a sheer number, or add in a bit of embellishment. If getting a few more piercings isn’t to your taste, bling it up with a statement necklace or four, or as many rings as she has studs! If adding personal touches isn’t enough to keep your chambray interesting, keep trying! They say that necessity is the mother of (re-)invention.