I had a hard time figuring out how to make chambray work for me in the typical button-down fashion. In the meantime, I would pine after outfits like this one from Gap:
So cute! As Heidi Klum would say on Project Runway, I would totally wear that. Despite my hatred of collars and having to tuck in button-downs constantly, I went on the hunt for a chambray shirt like this, but it was fruitless. The biggest problem was my ginormous shoulders. I don’t know what it is, but a top will fit me everywhere else except across the shoulders, where it’s so tight that the seams strain and the sleeves were like sausage casing. I felt like The Incredible Hulk, and not finding a shirt because of my shoulders made me so frustrated!
Then I started thinking outside the button-down box and picked up these 2 items, now unfortunately out of stock at Old Navy:
I don’t know why, but a shirt dress works for me. Maybe it’s because I don’t have to tuck it in? I should disclose that I bought this in a size up but in petite length. And then, a tunic! No collar, plus the expectation to wear it untucked! I could still cuff my sleeves in a cute way and layer under a sweater, right?
Here are my favorite ways I’ve worn these items, so far:
I love the dress unequivocally, and I feel like it fits into my wardrobe with no extra thought on my part. Did I mention that it has pockets? Oh, yes, it does. I think I have to be careful when I wear it with boots, though, because it borders on rodeo. The tunic, on the other hand, is not as easy. I have concluded that I like it belted best because it’s a little big in the midsection, but the sleeves do look nice cuffed and uncuffed. It’ll just take some time for me to figure it out, you know? I am pretty happy with that most recent look, though; I think it’s pretty darn similar to that Gap look.