Trend Watch: The Chambray Shirt

Photo Courtesy: Of all the trends readily available as this post is written, none are truly more classic than your go-to chambray shirt. And what is chambray, exactly? According to Miriam-Webster Online, chambray is a "lightweight clothing fabric, with colored warp and white filling yarns". Resembling a look of denim, chambray is a more lightweight version, complete with a hint of casualness and versatility. For the Winter to Spring transition, chambray is a classic, feminine and modern option.

Depending on your personal style, you can choose a chambray shirt that's more suited for the occasion. The darker the color, the more formal the look. Opt for a lighter color if you see yourself pairing your chambray shirts with more relaxed bottoms. From the first look (far left) above, a light chambray shirt tucked under white skinny capri pants is made glamorous buttoned-up to the neck, while still keeping relaxed with ankle-strapped wedges. The next picture shows a similar color shirt tucked under a pastel, midi skirt - colors seem relaxed, but glamour is turned up a notch with strappy heels and a neck scarf.

Accessorizing your chambray shirt is key to giving your shirt life - whether your goal is to run around comfortably in black skinny jeans worn under your shirt (third picture from left) or whether you'd like to appear effortless in your style, make sure to pick a quality piece that can last you for years on end. For the budget-conscious, you can find affordable options at sites like Forever21 and Urban Outfitters. If you're looking to spend a little more without breaking the bank, check out your quintessential staple stores, such as J. Crew and Fossil. For those who are really looking to invest in a durable peice, Burberry Brit will provide you with a timeless classic.