Maintaining a fashion-forward closet during the chillier months can be a challenge, especially for those on a college budget. If you notice yourself falling into the pattern of wearing the same pieces over and over again, it's time to shake things up. When you find yourself stuck in a rut, struggling to piece together new outfits when all you really want to do is crawl back into bed, don't worry. As the days get colder and sweatshirts start to become your go-to choice when getting dressed, all your closet really needs to adapt is a little creativity. Depending on what you already have, you may not even need to buy anything new - it's all about how you wear it. Having a decent selection of versatile pieces in your wardrobe is the easiest way to turn the idealism of mixing and matching into a reality. A favorite of this pieces? The chambray shirt.
If you don't already own one, keep in mind that while there’s no substitute for quality, like this J.Crew chambray shirt, similar pieces can be found in a variety of different clothing stores for much more reasonable prices.
And just in case you aren't totally sold on the potential of investing in a piece like this, check out this Monday to Friday catalogue of different ways to wear a chambray shirt.
Monday: Don’t stick your dresses in storage just yet! Start your week off on the right note with this twist on a classic dress/cardigan combination. When occasional warm days tease the city, pair your favorite simple dress with an open chambray. For cooler days, include a pair of your favorite pair of colorful tights to protect your legs from the cold and add a little variety to the outfit.
Tuesday: Test run all of your favorite cold weather sweaters by layering them over the chambray for a casual yet sophisticated look. Break out those ankle boots that you haven’t had a chance to break in yet, and you’re ready to head to the library or meet your parents for a nice dinner. No matter what your plans are, this outfit is versatile enough to wear wherever the day takes you.
Wednesday: Put your best foot forward to celebrate being halfway done with the week. While the rest of the world whines about hump day, you’ll have nothing to complain about as you rock this simple yet stylish look. Tuck your chambray into a classic black skirt and pair with tights and tall boots. Outfits like this prove that shaking things up with an impromptu Classy Wednesday doesn’t always have to be a challenge.
Thursday: With everything you’ve accomplished over the course of the week so far, you should feel free to give yourself a bit of a break. The great news about this comfy alternative to a dressier look means you don’t have to compromise comfort for flair. Leave the chambray unbuttoned over a pretty top and pair with leggings and your favorite boots for a quick and easy look that will let you lounge in style as you finish out the week. Accessorize with a vest or colorful scarf to lend a pop of color.
Friday: Keep your outfit casual yet chic when Friday finally rolls around. Pair the buttoned-down chambray with a fun pair of skinny jeans and combat boots. Accessorize the simplicity of the outfit with a statement necklace or a cozy cardigan. You’ll be comfortable while still making a statement with whatever patterned jeans or colored pants you’ve been saving for an outfit like this one.
Photographed by Courtney Evans
Modeled by Lotte Hurkmans