Styling a Chambray Shirt + Summer Dress

One of my favorite pieces to layer in summer is a chambray shirt. Summertime, especially in Chicago along Lake Michigan, is a rollercoaster of temperatures and weather patterns. One second it’s sunny and hot, the next it’s windy and a bit chilly. The beauty of the chambray shirt is that it can easily go along with you and help you adjust to the ever-changing weather.

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If it’s warm during the day, you can put it in your bag or tie it around your waist. When it starts to get overcast or windy, break it out. I even like buttoning it all the way up to give the illusion of a separate top and skirt!

I tie the bottom to make it a bit more casual and also just for comfort’s sake.

I finished this look up with some fun accessories, like this amazing straw bag that is a summer staple. It’s fully lined and has a zippable pocket on the side to store anything that you need secure. I also like that you can wear it either as a crossbody or tuck the big strap in and hold it by the smaller straps.

Chambray Shirt: $59, Madewell (S) | Dress: $21, Shein (M) | Bag: $34, Red Dress | Bracelet: $55, Kendra Scott | Earrings: $55, Kendra Scott | Sunglasses: $16, Nordstrom

A few of my friends are also styling chambray on their blogs today, check them out below!

Lander, Heels & Valleys
Candace, The Beauty Beau
Lee, LegalLee Blonde
Brooke, Pumps and Pushups
Nicole, Nicole’s Outfit Inspirations

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