Last month, I introduced a series called “Classic Hits”, for this month’s installment of Classic Hits – The Chambray Shirt!
In our continuing look at items of fashion that become and eternal style icon, the chambray shirt has to be one of my favourites. In fact, I own several versions, long-sleeved, sleeveless and a modified dressy version. Today, I am working with the classic long-sleeved version. A true icon since the 70s, I like finding creative ways to wear mine to work. The professional hospital environment may not be where you would expect to see a chambray shirt, and that is even more reason to wear it!
Classic Hits – The Chambray Shirt: Obviously this look started with the classic chambray shirt. So how do you make it dressy/professional enough to wear to work? Add a skirt! And why not a white denim pencil skirt with a blue floral print? And make that one you purchased for about $6 from an Op Shop! Still a little too casual, add a white jacket/blazer to give you the more polished look. I opted to wear the jacket sleeves rolled up and then to unbutton the cuff of the shirt and roll them over the cuff of the jacket. It keeps the look a little casual but says, “I’m not afraid to roll my sleeves up and get the job done”.
The Accessories: The rest of this look evolved from the blue chambray shirt and the flowers in the skirt. The bright indigo bag was an obvious choice as it’s a perfect match for the flowers in the skirt. The big white watch (possible the best $20 I have ever spent), a couple of silver bangles and a beaded blue bracelet continue the colour palette. Large silver floral earrings and the multi-coloured floral of the Jeffery Campbell shoes play off the flowers in the skirt with the shoes providing a bit of interest to the entire look. That little hint of surprise. And just for a little more contrast, a double strand of vintage pearls to reinforce the professional/business side of the look.
Not only is this look comfortable but I think it’s a great option to wearing a suit to work and still maintains it’s professional yet classic style. Which is exactly why this months classic hit was all about the chambray shirt.
What do you think? Is the Chambray Shirt a classic in your wardrobe? How do you style this fashion icon?