Technically Speaking: Chambray

1 Mar

I’ve always loved the classic nature of a Chambray shirt, but until recently, never knew what the fabric was called. For the uninformed like me, Chambray is a fine lightweight fabric with interwoven white and colored (typically blue) threads.


via Anthropologie

Chambray garments have come along way from the shapeless shirts men have been sporting for centuries – Chambray dates all the way back to 1500s France and has been a popular fabric with workmen, military personnel and even prisoners.

Updated silhouettes have given this fabric new life and below are some Chambray styling ideas that are chic, versatile and more importantly current.

via J Crew, Banana Republic, Forever 21, J Crew, Nordstrom, Piperlime, Bloomingdale’s, Piperlime

My favorite Chambray pairing is with dark denim jeans. Years ago, I would have never dreamed of mixing such similar fabrics as denim and Chambray, but the mix of dark and light blues looks incredibly chic and purposeful. Although Chambray is typically considered a spring/summer fabric, pairing it with dark denim extends the outfit to all seasons.

What do you pair Chambray with? Do you wear it all year round?

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