Fall is here, people!
The beautiful trees with now amber leaves are a sure sign that it is, in fact, autumn. This time of the year is hands down my favorite. Nothing beats holding a warm beverage in your hand, crunching leaves under your boots, keeping cozy with a big scarf—safe from the crisp air—while picking out the perfect pumpkin (and hoping that said pumpkin doesn’t get smashed in the street by the annoying group of boys who live on your block).
OK, so the pumpkin-smashing isn’t so great, but there really is something special about the change of season, and the perfect balance it brings between a blistering summer and frigid winter.
The fashion that follows is also a reason why I am such a fall fanatic. Give me riding boots, chunky sweaters, and a color pallet that matches those gorgeous leaves I mentioned. One piece that I think should be in everyone’s fall fashion collection is the chambray shirt. A denim shirt is so versatile; it can go from casual to professional with just a few swapped accessories, and is great for layering on days that start out chilly, but end a little warmer.
To give you some inspiration, I’ve created a little fashion show to demonstrate how you can wear this classic piece all season long.
First up, is a look that is super casual and perfect for everyday running-around. Boots paired with black running leggings*, a tank top, chambray shirt, and leopard print scarf.
*When I wear “leggings” I make sure they are opaque enough that there is NO WAY you could EVEN BEGIN see my underwear through them.
LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS! Athletic leggings are perfect because the material is usually thick enough so your privates remain just that.
My second look is a little more dressed up, but still very relaxed. The look on the left pairs a chambray shirt with white denim capris, a yellow belt, and brown ankle booties. On the right, my outfit is the same basic combination, but with pink colored pants, flats, and a chunky statement necklace.
A little twist on the basic shirt + pants combo can be achieved by layering a sweater over your top. I love the sequin detail on this particular sweater, and don’t feel the need for jewelry since it has its own bling factor.
OK, let’s talk skirts. I love a good maxi, and there is no reason you have to pack them away once summer ends. I paired this tribal patterned skirt with a chambray shirt, and brought these two separates together with a wide black belt and a funky beaded necklace.
Sun dresses are another piece you can stretch from your summer wardrobe into fall. Layer your chambray shirt over a dress to cover your arms, swap sandals for ankle boots, and you’re set! I like to tie my shirt in a knot to accent my waste and give the whole look a little more flair.
Progressing toward the “professional” end of the spectrum; this stripped pencil skirt goes perfectly with a chambray shirt and black booties to give a more business-casual vibe.
Lastly, pair a chambray shirt with a clean-cut pencil skirt, jacket, heels, and a statement necklace for an ensemble that is perfect for the office, but definitely not lacking in style.
Whether paired with leggings and boots, or heels and a pencil skirt, a chambray shirt is always a good idea. Classic staples like this are such a great investment, particularly since you can wear them through multiple seasons, and you know it’ll be a while before they’re considered “out of style.”
So now that I’ve shared with you a handful of my favorite looks, pick up your chambray and share your unique looks right here.