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Three Dress Styles You Need This Season | Part 1: The Chambray Dress {featuring House Of Poly}

“Collect moments, not things…”

DRESS: Target {available in store or similar here} | NECKLACE: House Of Poly* {similar here} | WEDGES: Target | BOATER HAT: Big W {similar here} | EARRINGS: Sportsgirl | LIPSTICK: Lime Crime | SUNGLASSES: Cambodia markets 

Ah chambray. When I first noticed my favourite bloggers rocking the denim look trend I wasn’t sure if it were for me. And then I bought a chambray shirt (or three). I lived in my long sleeved denim shirts all Winter (more here) and come Spring I moved into a shorter sleeved version paired with flippy quirky print skirts and brogues. The layers work, but with the sun beating down and the temperatures in Perth hitting 35 plus most days it can get a little hot. Introducing the Chambray Dress, the perfect Summer wardrobe addition and one of the three dress styles you need this sunshine season. I’ll introduce the other two styles to you over the coming weeks but today it’s all about chambray. 

This Target dress was a Boxing Day sales find, and was conveniently reduced from $39 to $25! Bargain. You know me, I buy almost everything on sale, and I was super excited with this little score. The dress is a thin chambray fabric, perfect for the hot weather and features super cute pockets and a tie up waist so you can wear it as loose or tight as you wish. The length is modest, allowing it to be dressed up or down, and would look great with a pair of sneakers and a fedora or if you’re like me, a fun wedge and bright lips. Chambray is versatile, and that is what makes it the perfect dress for Summer.


If you only buy one necklace this season then you need to check out local business House Of Poly. Based in Canberra the etsy store is packed with handmade polymer clay products from rings to earrings to necklaces like this gorgeous cubed version. No two products are the same, and that is what I love about shopping local, you’re guaranteed a one of a kind piece. You can feel the items have been created with deep thought and love and a strong attention to detail. When choosing my House of Poly necklace it was so hard to pick a favourite, but this blue beaded beauty was my choice. The grey, blue and white speckled cubes hang delicately from the silver chain and I loved that it works with most of my wardrobe. It’s different yet chic, and definitely makes a statement on its own. This kind of necklace could be paired with anything from a tee and shorts to an office blouse to a fun sundress. It’s cute, it’s quirky and it speaks for itself. I love how the bead colour scheme works beautifully with the chambray! Unfortunately this specific product is sold out online, but there is a fabulous pink, emerald and white version that is very similar and equally as cool. 

Accesories wise, the Boater Hat is still big this season, and I wear mine at least twice a week. I love the straw against the chambray as it is sweet and lady like. Plus a hat isn’t going to hinder you this season. If you’re more sports luxe a cap would look equally as cool with a sneakers and harder jewellery, but as I said, the options are endless.


If you’re looking for more chambray dress inspo, check out some of my favourite bloggers rocking the trend. Sonia Styling styles chambray two ways for work and play, Bev from Iris May Styles shows us how chambray can breathe life into a wardrobe, for those of you in a colder climate Kimba from Kimba Likes has multiple ways to rock a chambray dress including ‘tough pretty’ and Jo at iCurvy shows us how to pair chambray with geometric prints for a very trendy look! 

This outfit was shot down south in Manjimup over my Christmas break. The fresh country air and dirt tracks are home to me, and it is always so good to get away for a mini break. We had a gorgeous family Christmas and I was sad to leave when it came time to pack the car and drive back to the city. Besides being a wonderful family gathering it was the perfect excuse to shoot a few looks for the blog in the beautiful country scenery. 


Are you a chambray fan? How do you style your chambray?

E x

* House of Poly necklace gifted for my review. All opinions are my own. Photography by my sister, L.


  1. I was wary when chambray returned as I wasn’t sure I was ready to do it again (oh hai Year 9) and I still can’t commit to a shirt but recently found that Lee Cooper dress from Savers, as you know! I did have a Target version that was cute but needed too much in the way of ironing, so I moved it on. The Lee Cooper is a thicker, less crinkly type of chambray which suits my laziness/life choices. This one looks cute on you and the necklace is perfection!

    • I understand the issue of ironing ! I hate it too!!! My mum always tell me off for not ironing anything hahaha. I love that Lee Cooper one you found. Such a gem!

  2. Great photos, Em! I’m starting to turn to the light side after years of wearing darker denim. I recently found some rather fabulous chambray wide leg crops in Kmart for $15 – might feature those next week. Thanks for linking up on #stalkherstyle.x

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