I love my chambray as much as the next woman—but while the fabric’s been a summer staple for several years running, it can be tough to take pale denim pieces from basic to statement-making. You’ve probably already worn your go-to chambray shirt a million different ways, so why not take a chance on some other light-wash finds? Most think that chambray can only work in a casual environment, but it’s actually incredibly versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Below, I gave my new favorite chambray dress a polished makeover—read on for my styling tips for making the look go from day to night (and summer to fall)!
1. Cinch it in. The best way to dress up a classic piece is by adding a belt; not only will it create an extra-flattering shape, but it’ll also immediately elevate your entire look. This ASOS one ($40, asos.com) is a winner.
2. The sky’s the limit. Sure, you could wear this dress with flats to run around on a gorgeous summer day—but to transition it for a night out, pair it with a chunky-heeled sandal like this one ($14.95, shoedazzle.com).
3. Go for a statement-making silhouette. This off-the-shoulder, midi-length style is unexpected and bold, even without added accessories.