Thursday, January 5, 2012

Trend Spotting Thursday: Chambray & Denim

Looks featuring chambray button-up's and denim outerwear are completely taking over the fashion world... and my closet for that matter. 

What I love about a basic chambray button-up is the fact that you can pair it with almost anything and achieve several different looks. You can layer it over a vintage tee. You can mix it in with similar faded blue tones (fashionable Canadian tuxedo?). You can tuck it into high-waisted pants. Or even prep it up with a pleated maxi or mini skirt.  

DENIM. A huge weakness of mine. I can't turn down a vintage vest/denim jacket/high-waisted cut-off's if my life depended on it. Sooo happy denim has resurfaced to the fashion world. But, in my opinion, it never left. 

Now, to be clear, there is a difference between denim and chambray. The difference you ask? The fundamental difference between these two fabrics is in the way it is woven.  Both materials are made by weaving white yarn through indigo dyed yarn.  In chambray, the white alternates over-under with every indigo thread which is why chambray is more of a lighter wash than your basic denim. 

So fellow readers, in your next shopping extravaganza, think about that chambray/denim purchase. You won't regret it. To rock chambray or denim multiple ways takes a little styling smarts. Feel free to drool over the looks below...

Photos via Fashion Lane, Little Plastic Horses, Little Bow Prep, Oracle Fox, Little Sassy Fashionista

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