My Outfits

Chambray + Dark Denim = The New Canadian Tuxedo

Urban Outfitters chambray shirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans, Frye “Lucy” boots, Chanel Rouge Allure in “Dazzling” on lips

I love chambray shirts for many reasons, but most of all, I love pairing and mixing them with different colors and textures of denim. Believe me; it wasn’t always so.

After the denim overload of the 90’s (I know I wasn’t the only middle schooler who owned a denim scrunchie), I rode the backlash into one-denim-at-a-time land. I eschewed denim on anything but jeans and cringed when I’d see farmers wearing head-to-toe denim, overalls and all. Living in rural Minnesota, this was a common enough sight.

The reinvented chambray shirts of last spring breathed new life into a classic that previously felt more Marlboro than Madison Avenue. Chambray is easy to wear, comfortable, and endlessly versatile. Paper-thin boyfriend styles like the one I’m wearing keep the trend feminine and unfussy.

I took the classic chambray/dark denim pairing up a notch by adding a bright red lip to contrast with my beloved fashion-meets-function Fryes. Like chambray, the boots are a bit rough and masculine but still chic. I like to think of this as a modern city look that’s a bit fashion-y but doesn’t forget denim’s rugged gold mining roots. After all, you can take the girl out of the country…


3 thoughts on “Chambray + Dark Denim = The New Canadian Tuxedo

  1. Chambray, I learned a new word! I remember when denim jackets were popular in the mid-2000s, but I never figured out how to wear them without looking like I was in a Canadian Tuxedo (and I don’t mean a classy one like yours!). Love the boots.

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