Give an Old Dress a New Look with Chambray

Give an old dress a new look with a chambray shirt


During my recent trip to Hawaii, I packed the floral cut-out dress that I wore on my birthday (psst, it's majorly on sale!). To give this dress a new look, I called upon my chambray shirt, which just might be the hardest working item in my wardrobe. I layered the shirt over my dress and knotted it at the bottom, so the dress could now pass for a skirt. How easy is that? I can't wait to try this with other dresses in my closet, especially the neglected ones. White lacy rehearsal dinner dress that I've only worn once, you're next!

Tie a chambray shirt over a dress for a new look
Another way to wear your chambray: over a dress

Chambray shirt knotted over a dress

Summer sandals
Madewell chambray shirt. RBL dress. Franco Sarto sandals (last seen here). Gorjana anchor bracelet (sold out, but love this one, too).

To see a few more pics from paradise, check out last week's post or click on over to Instagram.

Let's go shopping...


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14 comments:

  1. love those sandals! EVERY summer, I think about getting cute sandals but then summer in SF seems to never actually happen, except for a couple of days here and there. Seems boots are solidly in my future... ! xox

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I know, SF weather is so weird! At least it's a good excuse to stock up on cute boots! :) xo

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  2. Chambray shirts are one of my favorite trends for this season and I've been stocking up on fun versions for months. :) I can't wait to try layering like you did here - You look great!

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    1. Thanks, Caity! I'm looking forward to seeing how you wear your chambray, too. One of my favorite combos is with white jeans, like you wore recently! xo

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  3. I just bought the Cloth & Stone Chambray from Anthro last night! Now I can wear it with my dress...never would have thought to do this. Should we pack our matching outfits for Pismo? Too much?

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    1. I love that one from Anthro! Excellent choice! I think it would be perfectly appropriate if we dressed as twins during the entire trip, since that's what we claimed to be all through high school! :)

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  4. I love making my dresses temporary skirts! You look great and that dress is simply lovely. The shot of you on the hammock is exquisite.
    xoxo x 1,000 BA

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    1. Thanks, Bethann! You'll be on a hammock in Hawaii soon enough!
      xoxo

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  5. I love how you dressed this down with a chambray top and flats, too cute!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Thanks, Cara! I love dressing down, especially on vacay! xo

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  6. Ooo I love this- this will totally double the wardrobe! I love how it's tied on the bottom, it's so sweet :)

    xo Marlen
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    1. Double the wardrobe -- that's a perfect way of putting it! Thanks, Marlen! xo

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  7. I love this trick and have used it quite a few times, especially with dresses I've already blogged! I think my chambray shirt may be the hardest working item in my closet too...great minds think alike? haha. You look stunning though and I love the photo location!

    ~Jacy

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    1. Yes, I've seen you do this trick, too! It's one that you pull off beautifully! xo!

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