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How To Wear Chambray Shirts

How To Wear Chambray Shirts

Chambray first originated in Cambrai, France around 1595, hence its name. This fabric has been traditionally used to make men’s work shirts. Who knew? The phrase “blue-collar working shirt” is actually derived from the blue chambray shirts that most uniformed working class laborers wore back in the days. We are dealing with one classic item right here!

The iconic nature of a chambray shirt was then proliferated by Hollywood. Stars like Marlon Brando, James Dean and Steve McQueen manifested the masculine edge of this garment, making it a wardrobe staple for any man.

So how to wear a chambray shirt as a female then? Well, the key is to play with its relaxed, masculine look and mix it with contrasting feminine elements. These can be elegant full skirts, bright colors or delicate lace material.

You can see all three options in 3 Ways To Wear A Chambray Shirt, but of course there are many many more! It is indeed an classic essential to draw upon time and time again. Just timeless.

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3 Ways To Wear A Chambray Shirt

How To Wear A Chambray Shirt In A Feminine Way

Look 1: Workers meet Elegance

How To Wear Chambray Shirts: Workers meets Elegance | © 3waystowear.com

Emerson chambray shirt / Eggs pleated A line skirt / Brian Atwood high heel boots / Marc by Marc Jacobs shoulder bag / J.Crew rosette necklace / Marc by Marc Jacobs daisy stud earrings / Michael Kors watch / Lulu Frost bracelet / Thierry Lasry sunglasses

Look 2: At Work

How To Wear Chambray Shirts: At Work | © 3waystowear.com

Emerson shirt / Dsquared2 blazer / Zara straight pants / Alice + Olivia suede pumps / Abro shopper / Marc by Marc Jacobs watch / Kate Spade bracelets / Coach bracelet / Zenggi patent leather belt

Look 3: Edgy Street Look

How To Wear Chambray Shirts: Edgy Street Look | © 3waystowear.com

Emerson shirt / Wallis red blazer / Parisian lace shorts / ALDO heel sneaker / Studio Harlen tote / Nixon watch / Stefania Pia round sunglasses

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Spotted: A Chambray Shirt In Zurich

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Spotted: A Chambray Shirt in Zurich

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all having a good week. I am personally super busy right now to develop the website for my personal style consulting services. So busy that I have to remind myself to be disciplined and write something new for my dear readers.

So here you go! Today, I picked a garment that has had a bit of a resurgence recently: the chambray shirt.

You might have seen it in your favourite magazine and thought: “Oh! Denim shirts are back!” (see an example from GLAMOUR here). But, in fact, denim and chambray are not the same thing. Okay, both are made by weaving white cotton yarn through indigo dyed cotton yarn, so they are fairly similar. However, they differ fundamentally in their weaving techniques.

Denim is diagonally woven (check out the inside of your denim jeans and you’ll see!), while chambray is plainly woven. The diagonal weave of denim produces an overall denser and more rigid material, while chambray is much lighter and softer on the skin.

Check out my style advice on How To Wear A Chambray Shirt!