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3 Ways to Wear a Chambray Dress Shirt

how to dress up this year-round staple

It’s true that chambray – the plain weave fabric that’s similar to (but lighter than) denim – is a favorite for casual outfits especially in the summer, but did you also know that it looks amazing all dressed up? This J.Crew chambray dress shirt boasts a spread collar and slim torso, making it just as appropriate to wear with a sport coat and tie as it does with – wait for it – a pair of jeans (yep, we’re pro-Canadian tuxedo here at SG HQ… when done right, that is).

Not sure how to style this dressed-up version? Fear not, we’ve got your denim-clad back. Here are 3 ways we love a guy in a chambray shirt:

1. AT THE OFFICE

Shirt: J.Crew  | Pants: Bonobos  | Blazer: Polo Ralph Lauren  | Belt: BillyKirk

Shoes: Steve Madden | Socks: Pair of Thieves | Watch: Swatch

Vest: Muttonhead | Tie: Clean & Clad  | Briefcase: Fossil

Wear it Well: Pretend this chambray shirt is just another button-up in your workwear warrobe. Style it like you would a blue OCBD, and you’re golden. And don’t be afraid to pair it with colored pants on the bottom; chambray acts as a neutral in your outfits, making it extra-versatile.

2. ON CAMPUS

Shirt: J.Crew | Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: American Eagle | Backpack: Fjallraven

Socks: Uniqlo | Sneakers: Stan Smith | Coat: Joe Fresh | Socks: Huf

Wear it Well: There is a wrong way to do denim-on-denim, and there’s a right way to do denim-on-denim. This is the right way. The trick is to make sure you choose two completely different denims – play with both texture and color. Mix up the weaves (selvedge denim!), and definitely, definitely mix up the color/shade.

3. DATE NIGHT

Shirt: J.Crew | Sport Coat: Orvis | Watch: Timex | Jeans: Uniqlo

Cologne: Diptyque | Belt: Express | Boots: Clarks | Socks: L.L.BEAN 

Wear it Well: The casual feel of a chambray dress shirt makes slipping into a sport coat for date night a little easier to stomach. A killer sandalwood cologne provides the final touch for a romantic evening.

Tell me:

Do you wear chambray all year-round?

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