On Trend: Chambray Shirts
You’re hearing a lot about Chambray shirts these days, so let’s talk about what they are and how to wear them. Chambray fabrics are woven with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. Blue yarns are used for color, so the result is a heathered texture that looks similar to denim.
Traditionally, chambray has been popular as an American workwear look, that pairs well with denim. As of late, the Italians have updated the weaving technique with Egyptian cotton yarns, and also added colors such as grey and olive.
Chambray is a great fabrication for warmer seasons, and can be worn as a casual shirt or dressed up to modernize it.
For the purists, I like the Navy Chambray Denim fabric and the Blue Chambray from our Italian Indigo Collection from the Italian mill Albiate. The use of Indigo yarns ensures each shirt takes on unique characteristics through washing and treatment. The result is a shirt that wears well and becomes more personal over time. Pair with your favorite jeans and boots, and nod to classic American style that blends form and function.
For a contemporary, yet casual look, the Blue Solid Chambray is a year round shirt that’s versatile for business casual and off-duty. The right styling features will modernize it, while leaving you with the perfect shade of blue that pairs with khaki, navy and grey. Otherwise, keep it clean with a cutaway collar, and pair it with your favorite sportcoat. It’s an easy business casual upgrade from the traditional blue and white dress shirt.