The one piece you need in your closet--and how to wear it

One of fall’s biggest trends? The chambray shirt. It’s the perf mix of denim and cotton, and it feels as light as a feather. You can layer it, tie it and wear it everywhere. Hello, new fashion bestie!

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    Start your week off by pairing your top with fun printed pants (floral ones are totally adorable!), then edge up the look with black ankle booties.

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Jeans: Isla Floral Print Stretch Skinny Jeans, $24,

    Boots: Ankle Boots, $50,

    Ring: Triangle Stud Ring, $8,

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    Rock your chambray shirt as a jacket over a cool crop-top-and-overalls combo. Finish with combat boots, and you’re ready to battle the day, babe.

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Crop Top: Floral Transfer Crop Top, $40,

    Overall Skirt: Kendall and Kylie Skirt Overalls, $50,

    Boots: Women's Mossimo Supply Co. Khalea Combat Boots, $35,

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    Take it easy in the middle of the week by sporting your chambray under a big, comfy sweater. Just add leggings and sneakers—looking good, darlin’.

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Sweater: Sweatshirt Dress, $25,

    Leggings: Black Leather Look Leggings, $21,

    Sneakers: Vans for J.Crew Washed Canvas Authentic Sneakers, $60,

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    The school week is almost over, so celebrate with a pop of color and animal print shoes. Rawr.

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Skirt: Jersey Skirt, $18,

    Shoes: Sam & Libby Adley Tuxedo Flat, $28,

    Backpack: Maria Stonewashed Rucksack, $40,

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    Why not go for a daring denim-on-denim combo? Since the top is light-colored, pick jeans in a dark wash. So cinchy!

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Jacket: Ponte Knit Blazer, $35,

    Jeans: Super Skinny Regular Jeans, $30,

    Shoes: Women’s Sueded Pointed-Toe Flats, $27,

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    For a warmer day, grab your fave summer shorts. The chambray balances out this look, making it totally early-autumn appropriate.

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Shorts: Sun Flower Denim Shorts, $40,

    Sandals: Prairie Grass Sandal in Brown, $50,

    Bag: Hampstead Satchel, $62,

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    Switch up your look today with a prim dress—then add some studded sandals to keep it young and fresh. Who said proper couldn’t be pretty?

    Chambray Top: AE Chambray Shirt, $40,

    Dress: Houndstooth Shift Dress, $70,

    Sandals: Report Leyla Sandal, $35,

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by Jackie Homan | 2/1/2016