The Endorsement: The Chambray Shirt

April 29, 2010 · 12 comments

in Apparel, Endorsement

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, which is something I need to pick up before hitting Oahu in May. Check them out here. My first chambray is from Gap (at top; $44 when I bought it years ago), and I wear it all the time.

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

1. Woolrich Woolen Mills Chambray- $185; 2. Converse One Star Black Chambray at Target – $25; 3. 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.

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Barron is the founder and editor of Effortless Gent, a site dedicated to helping guys figure out what looks best on them. He's based in San Francisco. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

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