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Hey Gents —

If you haven’t already done so, consider adding a chambray shirt (or three) to your wardrobe.

Often mistaken for a denim shirt, chambray is generally of a much lighter weight, and is cross-woven with colored (normally blue) and white thread, with white going one way, blue going the other. This weave gives the fabric its textural qualities.

Why should you own one for yourself? Disregarding its resurgence in popularity recently, it’s just a great shirt to have.

The chambray is perfect for the warmer summer months, and looks great dressed up (summer weight wool, cotton, or seersucker suit) or dressed down (trim, rumpled khakis, Sperry Top-Siders).

In my opinion, Gap is killing it with the chambray options right now.

Their price point is more than reasonable (around $50), and they have several great colorways to choose from. They even have a short sleeve option. Check them out here.

Luckily, decent chambray button-ups can be found with countless styling details, and at many different price points.

A Few To Consider

Woolrich Woolen Mills Chambray- $185; Converse One Star Black Chambray at Target – $25; J.Crew selvedge chambray – $98

Things to watch out for: pairing your chambray with a denim too close in color, as well as the obvious issues of fit.

Definitely pick one up the next time you’re out and about. You’ll be thankful you did.

PUBLISHED April 29, 2010


Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.



  • wkl

    Great post! I gotta say – this season I've added 3 chambray shirts to my wardrobe (2 from GAP, 1 from GStar) and they're quickly become my favorites. GAP has a grey one as well – didn't suit me, but worth a try-on.

    Chambray FTW!

  • Lisa

    Loves it! Might get boyfriend one : )

  • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

    Which Gap ones did you end up with? Any chance you picked up the red one? I'm hoping to snatch it the next time Gap's site has it in stock.

    Do you see any major differences between the Gap and GStar Raw versions?

  • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

    You definitely should, Lisa! It's not your common, everyday button-up. I'm sure it gets pretty hot there in the summer, and these are perfect for staying cool, but still looking delicious.

  • LV

    i have the one from gap as well, it feels really good and i have gotten a lot of compliments about it. I recently lost a button on it :( i'll fix it and start wearin the hell out of it again… it is a great addition to anyone's wardrobe for the spring/summer and looks great with a denim jacket and chino pants :D

  • http://www.wreckedstellar.com Wrecked Stellar

    Really like the red chambray shirt. And love the 2nd look with the white pants- chambray FTW!

  • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

    Hey LV,

    Which one do you have? I totally agree that it's a great piece for the spring and summer, both for its light weight and versatility. Get that button sewn up asap! Thanks for the comment.

  • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

    Hey Mel, that white jeans / blue chambray look is such a classic… can't go wrong! And if you ever see that red chambray anywhere, let me know… they're sold out everywhere I've looked. haha.

  • Michael

    One pocket on the left breast is enough. Keep it simple.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Hey Michael,

      One pocket would definitely look great. Most chambray shirts, I’ve noticed, come with double pockets, often buttoned. This has to do with the more casual nature of the shirt. Either are acceptable though, so go with what you like best!

  • Josh

    Picked up a gray one from banana republic a few months ago. Has been an phenomenal “go-to” shirt this summer when the temperature has called for it.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Hey Josh,

      Yeah they’re great, aren’t they? I’ve had that Gap one for a long time. Surprisingly it’s the only one I have, and considering how much I wear it (even in the winter months) I really should have another. Glad you found one you like!