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Is it just me, or did this weekend FLY by??? (Or really, 2017? It’s almost September...). J and I were planning on having a lowkey weekend at home, relaxing. While we got to relax a bit, it turned into so many spontaneous plans! We ended up heading up to my grandparents on a whim to surprise my pop for his 78th birthday (woo!), then ended up hosting friends over Saturday night for the big fight (didja watch it??), then ended up getting #AllTheThings done on Sunday – including starting This Is Us (OMG ALL THE FEELS, ALL THE TEARS).
And now…it’s Monday. I broke out the pumpkin spice latte KCups, cos girlfriend is ready for FALL. Summer is cool when you’re a kid. But really, as an adult, if I’m not at the beach and/or somewhere warm + with all the tropical feels and the temperature is over 80, I’m just a crabby camper. Plus, this morning the neighborhood kids were apparently all out having a party at 7 am. IDK what 7-year-old’s are doing for fun these days, but running around + screaming in the culdesac is apparently one of those things. Dude, I get it. If I was back in the 2nd grade, I’d be screaming, too.
It’s back-to-school season! And back-to-school season = fall. Point blank period. If I don’t get sweater weather + chestnut praline lattes + Bath & Body Works fall 3-wicks ASAP, I might flip. SO, celebrating the almost-beginning of fall with what I consider to be one of the great transitional pieces that should be in everygirl’s wardrobe, without a doubt: the chambray dress.
Specifically, chambray dresses that aren’t the run o’ the mill, staple shirtdress that everyone and their mom has in their closet. Those are faaaaabulous – don’t get me wrong. But today we’re trying a trend that’s a bit, welp, trendier than something as classic as a chambray shirtdress.
Chambray dress (sold out SO fast – I’m so bummed. BUT I found a whole bunch of similar, gorgeous options for every girl’s budget, so I linked ’em in the widget down below! In the meantime, this one is adorable for right now, this one will layer beautifully, the details on this one are so friggin’ cute (+ it’s only $18!) and this one is already in my cart! // Moto jacket (old from Forever 21, similar here, and here) // Peep-toe booties (SO DANG COMFY, YO. I can’t get over these. These were a last-minute NSale purchase and they sold out so fast – they were backordered in my size until November. I bought ’em anyways, cos ya gotta do what ya gotta do, and they ended up coming early! Woo! I think they’re just shipping out as soon as pairs become available and/or come in stock, so buy now + be super stoked when they arrive and you can’t take ’em off. Literally the comfiest booties I think I’ve ever had. // Pendant necklace (c/o)
How to rock it:
- Wear alone right now, and keep adding layers as the temperature drops. This chambray dress is pretty much the ultimate thing to have on hand right about now. It’s so stinkin’ cute, but it’s also so stinkin’ layerable. My #1 favorite thing in my wardrobe as a whole is probably transitional pieces. Justbecause you end up getting SO much bang for yo’ buck by the time the transition has ended! An easy dress works wonders, cos you can add anything from an edgier motojacket to a girly duster cardigan. Here, the hemline plays a part. I went with a pleather moto from Forever 21 so that it would leave the ruffle relatively untouched. A cardi could’ve been cute, too, but especially since there’s a bit o’ volume at the bottom, I wanted to keep that a thing by itself and not have a second layer sticking up or out because of it.
- Accessorize accordingly. A simple chambray dress could be easily dressed up or down with the help of its friends, accessories. Here, I chose a long pendant from Charming Charlie’s; the fun ruffled hem feels like an “accessory” in and of itself, and I wanted to keep everything else more simple + mature so as to not feel like a frilly cupcake.
- If it’s short enough, add tights to transition to fall. Know when/where you want to rock it, and add the right seasonal accessory to bring it into the new season.
- For an edgier look (my fave), go with a leather jacket, slip-on kicks, or buckled booties.
- For a girlier look, definitely opt for any + all ruffles whenever/wherever possible. Ha!
- Classic vs. Trendy. The sky’s the limit with a good chambray dress – it’s all in the details. For a more classic look, pair with more neutral pieces. Whereas if you’re lookin’ to jazz things up, try coordinating pops of color for some unexpected flair. Example: While this wouldn’t work on my specific dress cos of the cut, red heels + a red belt on a regular ol’ chambray dress (like the super popular shirtdress) with red lipstick…that would be totally cute + trendier than the norm.
- Bring it to day versus night with footwear. Shoes shoes shoes shoes shoes. My favorite thing ever. And SUPER versatile when used for styling good. One of the easiest things about a piece as easy as a chambray dress is the fact that it can literally take just a switch o’ shoes to bring it from work to happy hour, or from running errands to date night. The dress itself is so dang flexible, so it’s the best thing if you’re short on time and really wanna just kick off your work flats and slip into a good chunky heel, your favorite booties, or those studded Valentino dupes you’ve been eyeing up forever. 😉
How to shop it:
- Find different cuts that work for your body type + personal style. I lovelovelove this ruffled shift cos it’s *different*. It’s easy to forget that a chambray shirtdress isn’t the only kinda chambray dress in the game! Which brings me to…
- Go for something beyond a shirtdress. Yup, the classic shirtdress is totally an option. And don’t get my wrong…I loveloveLOVE a good shirtdress. I could literally live in ’em. But it’s not the ONLY option. Mine is obviously more of a shift dress, just with the fun ruffled hem. Other options include overall dresses, or just different cuts than the oversized shirt look.
- Check measurements. Especially when your dress has details like this fun ruffle, you’ve gotta know when it’s going to hit or how short/long it’ll be on your body. A ruffled hemline can make some bodytypes look shorter, so work with what God gave ya and shop a chambray dress that will highlight your own favorite features.
- Choose your shade o’ chambray based on when you want to wear it most. Daytime? Lighter is better. Nighttime? Darker will look dressier. I lovelovelove mine since it’s not too light OR dark – it easily works for both as a bit dressier in daytime or a bit more chill for night.
- Make sure length complements your end goal. If you’re looking to layer, for example, having it be too long would make it harder to make work with tights underneath. Similarly, too-short could make it just uncomfortable to wear – even with tights – when it gets to be legit chilly outside. Find a length that works perfectly on ya for what YOU wanna wear it for, and you’ll be more likely to reach for it time + time again.
Would you wear a chambray dress?
If you’re as hooked as me, lemme know down below how you’re wearing your chambray dress now versus later in the season! If you’ve found any cute, unique options recently, where’d ya find ’em??? I’m on the hunt for a few more clutch pieces. Also #CantStopWontStop shopping. Ha. 😉
P.S. See more Trends to Try in the whole series, linked here for ya.