Fall is slowly creeping its way into our hearts with pumpkin spice lattes and the promise of beautiful, sun-filled days with cool nights in tow. Before we know it, the trees will be bursting with color and it will be time to pull on our favorite cozy sweaters once again. But for the days when you’re not in the mood to wear a sweater and it’s not quite cold enough for a jacket, the chambray shirt is the solution to all of your problems.
I bought my first Madewell chambray shirt at the end of my sophomore year of college. I had not yet learned the art of budgeting, leaving me to spend the week of finals buying coffee with spare change I found tucked away in my dorm room and sneaking food out of the dining hall. But when I decided it was time for me to buy my chambray, there was no changing my mind. Did I know I was going to overdraft my account and listen to my parents lecture me about the importance of budgeting? Yes. Was it worth it? Of course. I felt like a million bucks walking to my history exam in my white shorts and new chambray.
When I spotted this Fashionista, I was reminded of the importance of a good chambray shirt. If I was only allowed a wardrobe with ten items, it would be one of them. The chambray’s versatility makes it possible to function as a light jacket over a dress, a shirt that you can wear to work or just a basic layering piece. This Fashionista is a great example of the chambray’s versatility as she tied it up over a maxi dress, transforming her outfit into the ideal romantic, bohemian look with a bit of structure. If you are looking for the perfect chambray and are for some reason opposed to Madewell (I’m a little biased, can you tell?) try this one from J.Crew. For a twist on the original, check out this polka dot one from Urban Outfitters. I can guarantee you won’t regret adding one of these babies to your wardrobe; it’s a total game changer.