Unexpected Companions: Chambray x Metallics
Photo left to right: Blake Lively, Balmain Spring 2012, Jayma Mays in Nanette Lepore Spring 2011 RTW

Think chambray is strictly suitable for dressed down, casual outings?

Think again.

Chambray is a surprisingly versatile fabric and can be in your closet rotation year round. The possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing and matching a chambray shirt with items in your wardrobe.

Surely you’ve thought of pairing it with flouncy skirts or have gone for the denim-on-denim look, but what about pairing with metallics?

At first glance, it seems that these two elements are completely different and can’t be worn together, but in fact, when paired, the result is dazzling.

You need look no further than Jenna Lyons, creative director of J. Crew, who has made an art of mixing casual elements into her elegant ensembles.

Below, we show you how to wear chambray and metallics like a pro.

Unexpected Companions: Chambray x Metallics

We’re loving Delia’s update on the chambray shirt, and when paired with a bronze Versace skirt, the result is surprisingly fresh and versatile.

Olive Rebecca Minkoff wedges make this look fun and perfect for a night out.

Eye catching jewelry is a must, and we love House of Harlow’s pendant necklace balanced with a stack of thin Alkemie serpent bangles.

For a pop of color, we’ve added 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Abichi cross-body bag.  Make this look office appropriate by switching out the wedges with a pair of classic pumps and topping it off with a navy school boy blazer.

1. House of Harlow 1960 – Multi Horn Pendant Necklace


3. Tie-Dye Chambray

4. Gianni Versace Vintage Metallic skirt

5. ASOS Bow Belt With Metal Plate Waist Detail

6. Erin Sunglasses

7. 3.1 Phillip Lim / Abichi Small Zip Bag

8. Rebecca Minkoff Solange Wedges- Taupe