The chambray shirt has officially solidified its status as a wardrobe staple – but what exactly is it?
Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t denim. It’s a lightweight double-ply woven fabric comprised of colored thread (usually indigo) and complemented by a bleached horizontal thread.
The “classic cut” of the shirt has humble roots – it was the standard-issue uniform for the U.S. Navy through World War II. Today, it’s revered as a timeless piece thanks to iconic American brands, like Ralph Lauren, that popularized the menswear trend.
By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer
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