If there’s one thing the Duchess of Sussex has taught us about fashion — it’s that a classic chambray shirt is a wardrobe non-negotiable.  From pairing the preppy menswear staple with a high waisted voluminous skirt for Elle Magazine to throwing on the shirt for a reading session with little Archie over a pair of cutoff shorts — the duchess knows how to dress up and dress down this lightweight alternative to denim.

Chambray is the epitome of cool casual wear — understated, approachable and informal — it’s relaxed and ready for work or play.  Whether you’re a cover girl on a high fashion magazine shooting in the heart of the city or operating in mom mode at home — chambray is the chicest choice.

Prior to joining the royal family, Meghan was spotted wearing the Western-esque button down for daytime excursions with friends.

The duchess also favored the look for yoga class and frequently was spotted pairing her favorite distressed jeans with her casual light denim shirt.

And even in her new life in California, Meghan has embraced the breathable and comfortable chambray shirt look for charity visits alongside Prince Harry.

Shop the Look:

Frank & Eileen Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt, Nordstrom, $268

Halogen Classic Chambray Shirt, Nordstrom, $59

Chambray Shirt in Signature Fit, J.Crew, $34.50

Emery Chambray Button Down Shirt, Southern Tide, $98