Solid color, unwashed or lightly washed shirts will be more appropriate replacements for your standard light blue cotton button-up.
Come to think of it, chambray was trending last year and the year before that, too. To get a bit nerdy, whereas denim has a diagonal twill weave, chambray is a plain weave made with a coloured warp the vertical yarn and a white or ecru weft the horizontal.
Like denim , it is best known in indigo shades of blue but it can also be realised in other more unconventional hues. There are tactile benefits, too.
The combination of two colours of yarn is popular in classic shirting patterns and is used in the weaving of Oxford shirt cloths, but what sets chambray apart is how it ages. With time the cloth will fade and create a unique patina that has character and style. Unlike denim jeans however, you are obligated to wash it after every wear. Traditionally, a chambray shirt was only to be worn at the weekend with chinos or in the workshop, due to its inherently casual nature.
This is particularly the case with finer versions which show less visible texture and sit perfectly between smart and casualwear. So if you want something that you can wear from the beach to boardroom, keep things neutral and choose a simple button-down collar with no pockets or fancy detailing.
For something smarter, opt for a point or semi-spread collar and for complete casual go for an unlined collar and twin chest pockets — as per the classic workwear style. Wearing a spread collar chambray shirt with a proper suit is both sophisticated and slightly subversive — traditionalists may prefer a simple white or pale blue dress shirt with old school tailoring. The look is modern and is an ideal way to make your tailored outfit less business-like — perfect to wear for a wedding or another festive occasion.
This look is not constrained to the warmer months; a blue chambray shirt with a grey flannel suit is sublime, especially when finished with a textured tie in a plain cashmere.
Avoid woven ties that are too dressy and wear brown suede shoes to complement the textures. This is the easiest way of way updating your old favourite suit. NB If you are wearing chambray with a blue suit, make sure it is a deep navy and not too bright — you need the shirt to be lighter than the jacket. This is the definitive smart casual way of wearing a chambray shirt — it will take you from business casual to a smart weekend brunch. Pair your shirt with an unstructured brown blazer in a lightweight, unlined hopsack or mesh-weave for maximum comfort.
If your shirt has a button-down collar, leave unbuttoned and wear a bold striped tie in a textured silk, ideally in wide stripes. Finish the look off with a pair of lightweight wool trousers in grey or cotton chinos, which can be slim but not tight.
Choosing the right weight will depend on your usual climate and what you decide to wear with it. The obvious piece of advice is that a thinner, more dress shirt type of chambray or denim will be the best alternative to wear with your suit. Heavier weight chambrays and denim shirts are great alternatives to jackets on warm days.
The rise of the internet has given rise to the mobile casual worker. Here I picked a chambray that sits right in the middle of everything we discussed earlier.
The most versatile chambray you can get. Denim blues always looked great in contrast with leather, black or brown. Here, I opted out of my usual go to white sneaker for a contrast welt brown boot. Tone on tone can be scary for a lot of guys. Where a lot of guys get it wrong?
They outright wear the same tones of colors, when it should be a mixture of lighter and darker tones. Take a look at this example I put together. The navy grey Lanvin suit is edging towards gray. The subtle dark navy, however, makes you look a lot more sophisticated. Brown and blue is a classic combo. These suede double monk shoes by Suit Supply give it a nice, extra formal warmth, as opposed to the high contrast a shiny leather will give off.
While the brown tortoise of the glasses work beautifully with the blues of the suit and call to the shoes. Who thinks like that? Think of mixing color like flavors in food. What do you think of when you eat mexican food? Chili powder, lime, garlic, cilantro. This look calls back to Classic American. Now, I want to hear from you. Are you a fan of the chambray shirt? Maybe you never considered it. Leave a comment below.
10 Best Chambray Shirts For Men Posted in GEAR GUIDES, SHIRTS By Beau Hayhoe If there’s a modern answer to past style classics like the blue Oxford, it just might be the chambray shirt. Five Of The Best Chambray Shirts Reiss. This Reiss shirt has an economy of design that creates a blank canvas for the wearer to inject their own style. Wear with a suit, blazer, chinos or trunks. Best Made The Chambray Shirt Best Made is of the mindset that every man should own at least one chambray shirt. They were, after all, once a US Navy standard-issue item and were made popular widely by the cowboys of the past.