A chambray dress is a great staple piece to add to your wardrobe because it easily transitions from season to season. Chambray looks like a denim-type material, but it’s much lighter, typically made from 100% cotton or a cotton blend and other lightweight fabrics. Today, we’re going to chat about how to style a chambray dress. Like a white dress, a chambray dress is a versatile piece to layer accessories and other pieces of clothing, depending on the weather situation.
How to Style a Chambray Dress
Dress Up a Chambray Dress
When you think of the color of a chambray dress, you don’t necessarily think it’s something you could easily wear to a dressier function because it looks like denim. But I’m here to tell you, you can. You just have to find the right style of dress. A midi dress with a little ruffle and a bit of structure like this one would be perfect to wear to a bridal/baby shower, wedding brunch, or date night. Pair this dress with some neutral wedges and colorful earrings to complete the look.
Dress Down a Chambray Dress
Chambray dresses make great casual outfits. This dress is a great option to throw on for running errands or to pack for a beach vacation. The stripe detail and little ruffle at the bottom make it a little more playful. It has adjustable straps for a more customized fit. You can pair this with a denim jacket and slip on sandals or white sneakers.
Choose the Right Length
With any dress, chambray dresses come in varying lengths. Depending on your height, you’ll want to choose a dress that isn’t too long or too short. Many times, the retailer includes measurements in the item description, which helps determine if the length will work for your height. Short chambray dresses make for great casual outfits while midi or maxi chambray dresses are great options for both casual or dressy occasions.
Transition from Season to Season
Chambray dresses are easily transitioned from season to season. For the warmer months, you really only need to wear a dress and sandals. For the cooler months, you can layer the dress by wearing pieces like black leggings, a jacket, and ankle boots.
Chambray Dress Outfit Ideas
This chambray tie-waist dress features a button front with a tie-waist. This would go well with a pair of neutral mules if you’re wearing them to a business-casual work setting. You could also pair it with sandals to church or out to lunch.
This chambray shirt dress is business at the top and party at the bottom. I love how it transitions from a very structured top to a loose-fitting, ruffle bottom. This would be a great dress to wear with white sneakers for running errands. Because it has rollable sleeves, this would be a great option for fall too. Simply roll the sleeves down for added warmth.
This romper looks like a dress but underneath it features shorts. A dress that feels like you’re wearing shorts? Please count me in. I love the flutter sleeve and eyelet detail on the hem. It also comes in many other colors. Pair this with mules or strapping sandals and a sunhat for the perfect outfit to wear to a winery or brunch.
This has everything I’d want in a dress: a smocked top (stretchy!), flowy sleeves, and a ruffle skirt. It’s all about the details for me with summer dresses like this one. The square neckline gives it a modern feel and I really like the pattern variations from the smocking up top and the plain material on the skirt. This dress would look beautiful paired with these braided heels and a crossbody bag for an effortlessly chic date night look.
You know I had to put a puff sleeve somewhere in this post. 🙂 This dress is another option to wear to church or to the office with some pretty wedges. The puff sleeves give it a dressier vibe. This also would be a great option to wear ankle boots in the fall.
Whether you’re going on a fancy date night, to the office, or just running errands, you can wear a chambray dress for just about any occasion with the right shoes and accessories.
How do you like to style your chambray dress? Let me know in the comments below!