The chambray shirt ranks high on the eternally stylish apparel list. Through the ages, men and women have looked smart in this ultra-comfortable and functional fashion essential. First manufactured in France, chambray is a soft, mostly cotton fabric. For those who prefer a modern rather than classic silhouette, many manufacturers make chambray shirts with a touch of spandex. Although most people associate chambray with varying shades of the color blue, it also comes in other colors. Unlike its thicker and heavier cousin denim, chambray’s lightweight texture makes it an ideal warm weather staple.
Fashion magazines and store window displays can’t get enough of chambray shirts for spring. No longer reserved for hanging around weekend wear, chambray shirts now go to the office. A chambray blouse and a bright floral pencil skirt make a professional pair. Chambray also looks polished when worn with slim leg pants and a striped cardigan. Men get plenty of corporate kudos when they show up to work in their chambray shirts, chinos and seersucker jackets.
The following selections may convince the fashion focused to hop aboard the chambray chic train:
• Madewell chambray ex-boyfriend shirt, $69.50;
• Gap women’s denim wash chambray shirt with white stitching, $49.95;
• Gap men’s 1969 striped chambray utility shirt, $54.95;
• J Crew men’s coastal blue chambray utility shirt in slim and regular, $98.