Serious fashionistas like to pair their chambray tops with denim bottoms, but I steer clear of that combo for fear of looking like I'm wearing a "Texas tuxedo" (denim jacket with matching denim jeans). However, there are plenty of outfits that look fantastic with a chambray shirt, as well as many style and pattern options so that you can find the perfect chambray to match your personality.
2. Substitute your classic white oxford with a chambray shirt to help dress down another piece. This works especially well when you are trying to get extra mileage out of the skirts you normally reserve for the office. If your office dress code is on the more relaxed side, add a blazer in a contrasting color to the skirt and chambray shirt combo for a fresh twist on a skirt suit.
3. Tuck into a pair of brightly colored cropped pants and accessorize with a skinny belt and a statement necklace. It will look polished, but not overdressed for everyday casual wear. Throw on a pair of sandals or flats for day and then transition the look into evening with a pair of heels.
4. Layer a chambray shirt over a knit dress. Button only the middle two buttons of the shirt and then knot the ends, creating a tie-front shirt. This is a fun way to add coverage to the arms without a cardigan and create the look of a skirt and shirt combo, which increases the versatility of the dress.