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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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.