Sunday, May 30, 2010

Charming In Chambray

Back in the fall, I wrote about faux denim and jeggings. These trends are still in for the spring. Menswear-inspired styles such as shirt dresses are also still going strong, so it's no surprise that chambray is the next big thing. While the chambray trend has been most prevalent with shirts, it is also being spotted in pants, skirts, jackets, purses, etc. If you're wondering what chambray is, it is a cousin to denim. It's a lightweight fabric made of cotton or linen. It has a strong resemblance to denim, even though it's not. It's also lighter than denim typically is, so it's perfect to wear on a hot day in the spring/summer. Check out my little chambray finds below!

Energie Chambray Camisole, $24.00, shown in light chambray; also available in dark chambray, sizes Small-X large,

Chambray Henley Shirt Dress, $62.00, shown in blue; also available in black, sizes XS-L,

AE Crossback Vest, $29.95, available in sizes XXS-XXL,

Rolled Sleeve Chambray Shirt, $24.00, available in sizes XS-XL,

Pleated Chambray Peep Toe Pump, $22.90, shown in ltblue; also available in skygry and black, sizes 5.5-10,

Snake Inset Chambray Wedge, $23.70, shown in blue; also avalable in skygry, sizes 6.5-10,

Tie-Waist Chambray Pants, $34.50, shown in navy; also available in black, sizes SM and MED,

American Rag Top Chambray Pleat Boyfriend Shirt, $24.99, available in sizes XS-L,

Angie Top Chambray Lace Pleated, $24.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Angie Top Embroidered Chambray Peasant, $24.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Apple Bottoms Jumpsuit Chambray Halter Ruffle Tie, $69.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Kouture by Kimora Dress Sleeveless Rosette Chambray Beaded A Line, $29.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Sequin Hearts Dress Chambray Exposed Zipper A-Line Jumper, $29.99, available in sizes M-XL,

6 Degrees Dress Sleeveless V-Neck Lace Chambray Babydoll, $24.99, available in sizes S-XL,

Jump Dress Chambray Cascade Ruffle, $19.99, available in sizes M and L,

Lucca Couture Trimmed Chambray Jacket, $58.00. available in sizes XS-L,

Urban Renewal Chambray Zipper Tunic, $29.99, available in sizes small-large,

Banded Short, $16.50, available in sizes XS-XL,

Chambray Pintuck Skirt, $16.50, available in sizes 1-15,

Chambray Ruffle Knit Dress, $24.50, shown in blue; also available in white and black, sizes S-L,

Chambray Ruffle Tube Top, $19.50, shown in blue; also available in black, sizes XS-XL,

Chambray Skirt With Belt, $21.50, available in sizes XS-XL,

Chambray Tier Mini Skirt, $21.50, available in sizes S-XL,

Like fake denim, chambray should not be paired with real denim. If you want to rock chambray pants, wear them with a striped top, some slingback shoes, a bib necklace and a cuff bracelet. Wear a chambray jacket with a bandage pencil skirt, a white button-down shirt, and some pumps. Pair a chambray vest with a plaid top, some corduroy pants, and sneakers. A chambray skirt would look great with a pair of over-the-knee socks, a rock & roll graphic t-shirt, hoop earrings, and some ballet flats. Wear a chambray dress with some ripped leggings, cutout shoes, and a shrug. For the office, pair a chambray button-down shirt with a pair of black dress pants, a blazer, and some pumps. Wear a regular chambray top with a tiered skirt, some paint splattered leggings, a pair of gladiator shoes, and a ditsy print handbag. Pair chambray shorts with a braided strap top, peep-toe booties, a straw hat, a tiered necklace, and some bangles. For the beach, throw a chambray romper on over your favorite swimsuit and pair them with flip flops. Wear some chambray shoes with a 2fer tank dress, a short sleeved cardigan, a pearl necklace, and a flower headband. Let me know if you have any other suggestions on how to wear chambray.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lovin' Every Layer

Wet Seal is having another fashion community contest. This one has to do with layering (perfect for those of you who remember the article I wrote about layering last year). While layers are normally worn during the winter, there's a way to wear them in the summer as well. And that's what this contest is for! You can read my post on layering again if you need some ideas on how to do layers for the summer. To enter this contest; sign up for or log in to the Wet Seal fashion community, go to my boutique, create an outfit, tag your outfit as "Layers", and submit to the runway! In order for your outfits to be eligible for the contest, you must include at four items and must be tagged as "Layers"; See the contest rules for more information. Check out the outfit that I styled for the contest below.

The outfits with the most votes in the fashion community will win. The winner will receive a $250 gift card. The runner up will win a $100 gift card, and 3rd place will get a $50 gift card. The contest ends on June 6th at 11:59 PM so get started now! Let me know if you want me to take a look at your outfits and and vote for them to help you out. My Wet Seal screen name is Charmed42787. Good luck to everyone who enters!