The chambray shirt is a fashion staple that has become just as important and common for most women as the plain white T-shirt. There are several reasons for this. But before we talk about why the chambray shirt is so great, perhaps we should define what chambray is for those of us who don’t know.
How is Chambray Different Than Denim?
Chambray is a fabric that looks a lot like denim but is slightly different. Chambray is a plain weave fabric with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. The warp and weft threads will alternate one over the other so that the finished “color” of the fabric is much the same on the front and on the back. Denim is also a weave fabric with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. However, you weave denim in a twill construction meaning that the warp thread goes over two threads of the weft before going under. This leads to a fabric where the front is much darker than the back. Another difference is that chambray garments are usually much softer than denim. One way that I have heard chambray described is that it looks like denim, feels like cotton, and hangs like linen.
How to Wear Your Chambray Shirt
One of the reasons that the Chambray shirt is such a necessity in your wardrobe is that it is so versatile. You can dress it up by wearing it tucked into a pencil skirt with a pair of pumps, or you can dress it down by wearing it with a pair of your favorite jeans. Don’t be concerned about too much denim. The denim on denim look is a big fashion trend, in fact. The key to doing it right is making sure that your top and bottom are not identical washes. In addition, it generally looks nice when you add small splashes of color with your accessories like a belt, scarf, or shoes.
You can wear a chambray shirt by itself or unbuttoned over another shirt like a lightweight jacket. Chambray comes in a wide variety of blue and grey hues, but no matter what color your chambray shirt is, it can be worn with almost every other color, print, or texture. So, you can wear it just like you would a white T-shirt in a very plain situation or you could pair it with a real statement piece. The possibilities are endless.
Chambray Not Just for Shirts
Chambray is such a comfortable and versatile fabric that you are not limited to just button down shirts. You can find lots of different types of Chambray clothing. Below are some examples of other Chambray items like a Chambray shirt dress, flared mini skirts, shoes, blazers, sun dresses, handbags, and hats.