What you need to know
There's a bit of an enigma to chambray; a split-personality. The fabric has a history among laborers, who praised its rugged dependability. But at the same time, its subtle texture and color give it an elevated and stylish edge, especially in collared shirts and suits. Is there a conflict here? We don't think so. Because the richness and complexity of that double life is what lends it its unique charm. We love chambray because it's the workhorse of our shirt drawer—we wear it with dark denim, we wear it with linen suits, we wear it with everything. It's a fabric with real personality, and that, after all, is what makes for great clothing.