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Rejigger the Denim Tuxedo
A chambray button-down tucked into a pair of jeans always looks good. But a tank and skirt made of that same fabric riffs on that denim-on-denim swagger in a fresher, more polished way. "lakeside" chambray pocket tank, $44, bb dakota, revolveclothing.com
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chambray box pleat skirt, $72.60, alice + olivia, shopbop.com
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Pick an Unexpected Pairing
Chambray and leather? Chambray and stripes? Odds are you've seen them both...a lot. Try switching in a texture like eyelet instead. It'll nail that perfectly eclectic, print-mixing note in a way that doesn't feel like it was dialed up on demand. tailored blazer in chambray, $114.50, madewell.com
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"fionie" top, $143, dolce vita, shopbop.com
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Swap Your Makeup
Chambray looks very Lauren Hutton classic with a bold red lip, so there's a good reason why that combo's popular. But chambray's also fun when paired with a babydoll pink cheek for a cool '70s babysitter vibe.
Try the French Editor Look
Instead of pairing a chambray shirt with white or blue jeans, choose skinny black ones and add a pair of high-voltage heels. Emmanuelle Alt,Vogue Paris' editor-in-chief, loves this look, probably because it's easy but hits a badass stride every time.
Rethink Your Jewelry
Buttoning your chambray shirt all the way up and tossing a statement necklace over it? It's been done. Pick a kitschy earring as a complement instead, and you'll look more original. (This pairing feels straight off a Dolce & Gabbana runway, in a fun, high fashion-y way.)
Wear Chambray Pants
Okay, so you might not already own these, but you should. Chambray shirts and dresses are everywhere, but chambray pants? Not as much, because, well, people just wear jeans. Chambray pants are unexpected, so we love them.
Invest in Chambray Standouts, Not Staples
Yeah, once again, you probably don't already own stuff like these. But if you do buy something chambray that's got a head-turning pattern, patchwork or silhouette, we highly doubt you'll regret it. It'd be hard to lose enthusiasm for wearing pieces this cool.