How to Wear Chambray to the Office

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Posted May 15, 2013 by Michele Cocouture in Building Your Brand
Chambray 4 Ways
Left to Right:  1)  J.Crew chambray shirt, Johnathan Saunders skirt, Tory Burch tote, Stuart Weitzman shoes 2) J.Crew shirt, Tory Burch jacket, Red Valentino pants, Michael Kors clutch, Karen Millen shoes 3) J.Crew shirt, Zara blazer, J.Crew pants, Kurt Geiger ipad case, Michael Kors pumps 4) J.Crew shirt, Celine belt,  Gucci jeans, Celine bag, Tory Burch wedges

Chambray is a fine lightweight fabric woven with white and mostly blue threads.  It is a comfortable alternative to a dress shirt.  Because of the lightness of the fabric, it is a great option for your  Spring and Summer wardrobe.  I have found that J.Crew and the Gap have the best quality chambray shirts at an affordable price point (and they often have discounts).  A lighter shade of chambray works best for the office as some darker washes may look too much like a jean shirt.  The lighter color can also be mixed and matched to create several professional office looks.
  1. Brainstorming Session – the chambray shirt can be dressed up with a bold necklace and a bold printed skirt for those days where you want to feel and exude creativity.
  2. Staff Meeting – the chambray shirt can also be paired with a jacket and black trousers for a more conservative look.
  3. Powerpoint Presentation – the chambray shirt when paired with a blazer and bold pants will surely make you take center stage.
  4. Casual Friday – the chambray shirt also works well with jeans.  Pair it with a different shade of jean so that your look does not look monochromatic.


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Michele Cocouture

Michele is a goal oriented and overachieving career gal, style blogger and artist. She spends her days negotiating acquisitions for a Fortune 500 company. Seeking a creative outlet, Michele combined her business savvy with her love of fashion and started a personal style blog with the goal of inspiring other career women one pencil skirt at a time. Michele holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Learn more about Michele's style by visiting her blog at http://cocouture.org or you can follow her on https://www.facebook.com/cocouturedotorg

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