Chambray... have you heard of it? Think it's frumpy or boring?
A chambray/denim top was one of those pieces I never thought I'd wear before starting this blog. Most of the women who wore it seemed to look frumpy. Plus I was stuck on "safe zone" clothes and that wasn't one of them.
I'm so glad this blog has pushed me to try new things. Chambray has become a favorite in my closet and I now always include a chambray top in my free wardrobe plans for moms.
That's why you'll see chambray styled constantly on Frumpy Fighters (our free facebook group for moms).
If you are a subscriber of our email list or have explored the blog, you may have come across a link or invite to our Facebook group Frumpy Fighters. This is where members can share their daily outfit inspiration, their questions and tips on clothing pieces, as well as outfits they've created from our outfit guides! It's a wonderful little community and if you aren't already a member there, we'd love to have you join us!
Recently, we started some contests to see how you would style a particular piece of clothing. You submit a picture to us of your non-frumpy, mom-friendly outfit and in turn we choose a first place winner and then show off your cute self in a helpful blog post. ;) You can read more about our contests and the current prizes being offered! (at the moment taking a break through the end of the year)
These photos below come from members of our group who fearlessly accepted our challenge to style chambray in cute, mom friendly outfits.
Before we get started, though, here's a basic intro to chambray.
What is Chambray?
Unofficially, it's the blue in the pictures below :) And it's a trend that's been going strong for several years. In my opinion it's one of the most mom-friendly trends out there!
You might know chambray as those denim-looking button down shirts everyone wears.
Well you've probably either seen them worn the same way over and over, or just plain frumpy.
In this post, we're going to convince you that chambray (whether in a top or dress) belongs in your mom wardrobe! It's extremely versatile and durable!
Chambray is most commonly found in tops and dresses. However you'll also find it in headbands, shorts and even sneakers!
It's similar to denim, but a much lighter type of fabric. It comes in all shades, from very faded blue to dark blue.
Basic tips for wearing chambray without looking frumpy:
- Dresses should either be cinched (many come with this built in) or worn with a belt to add definition.
- Tops should be fitted enough that they rest snugly on your shoulders and shoulder blades but loose enough that they button without gaping. As is the nature of any button-down shirt it won't be 100% fitted. That's okay! You'll see how fantastic all these ladies look. It doesn't have to look like a sack ;)
- Busty ladies: Look for a chambray dress without buttons, or for a henley, pull-over style chambray top. That way you can avoid the bursting buttons look ;)
- Only wear chambray with denim (jacket or jeans) if they are opposing shades. For example: A light chambray top with dark wash skinny jeans works great!
- Easiest/fool-proof colors and patterns to wear with Chambray:
- Floral, plaid, aztec, leopard
- White, gray, black, any solid color (such as coral, burgundy, or mustard)
Mom Outfit Ideas for Chambray or Denim Tops & Dresses
Chambray Styled As: A Dress
Chambray Styled As: A Top
Chambray Styled As: A Layer
Isn't it crazy how many ways there are to wear a chambray top?!
In case you're starting to think you need one of these in your life, here are some shopping links: