Jetset Style: The Perfect Chambray

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I recently posted a Facebook status along the lines of “I’d describe my personal style as eclectic mixed with guy who gets lap band surgery and refuses to buy new shirts,” and I don’t really think I was over-exaggerating that much. I love a good over-sized shirt. In my head, I think it balances my hips, even though in my heart of hearts I know something that defines my waist would be more flattering. But I can’t chaaaaange, which probably explains my choice in chambray shirts.

As anyone with boobs and a non-apple body knows (do people actually have apple-shaped bodies? Is that like the female CrossFit body?), finding a button-down shirt that doesn’t gape obscenely at the bust but still fits around the waist is a true quest. Finding one that is long enough to cover the parts of your body that the homeless most admire feels like you’ve been tasked with bringing the ring into Mordor. And keeping with my continuing efforts to start investing in closet staples, I decided to spring for this Madewell number.

It’s made the rounds in the blogosphere ooooooh probably two years ago, and if you work in a fashion office at least three other people own it, but it really is the perfect chambray for its price point. it’s light enough to pass as a non-denim button-down, in case the whole Canadian tuxedo look isn’t your jam. It’s short enough in the front to tuck comfortably into your jeans and long enough to skim the derrier. It has become my new favorite all-occasion shirt, and I am so sorry to my friends that see me in this shapeless number all the time. It packs extremely well, can be worn as a cover-up or on its own (or tied around your waist, if you have no shame…I don’t), and is baggy enough to cover the five pounds you may have gained scarfing in ‘n’ out and glasses of red wine on a trip back to California.

Disclaimer: While taking it off FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, I somehow managed to transform into the incredibly hulk and poke a hole into the fabric with my fingers. It’s a slight tear in the fabric where I typically tuck it in, but for that much money I’m pretty peeved it happened. If you anger easily at inanimate objects like your clothes, keep that in mind.

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