From 20th-century work wear to standard-issue U.S. Navy shirting, chambray has taken quite a journey since its earliest appearances centuries ago in Cambrai, France. Now a closet staple for ladies and gents alike, the fabric boasts classically good looks – but it’s also a fresh canvas for trending details. Read on, then button up.

Chambray 101

What it is: Chambray is a lightweight woven fabric (generally cotton) comprised of colored thread and complemented by bleached horizontal yarns. Traditionally, it tends to be indigo or light blue in color.

What it isn’t: Though the hue may suggest otherwise, it’s not denim. So those of you who haven’t jumped on the all-jean bandwagon yet can layer your blues without hesitation. Wondering how to nail the look? Mix a dark-wash top with lighter bottoms (or vice versa).

Build your collection: Go beyond the classic-cut button-front shirt. Try a sheath dress for another wardrobe multitasker. While chambray is best known for blue, colors like red and grey put a spin on the tried-and-true fabric. To take it to the next level, just play with pattern (think white floral or tonal stripes).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 7, 2015

We’ve all been there. Trying on countless pairs of jeans just to walk out of the fitting room empty-handed. Well, those days are long gone. All you have to do? Find your body shape below, then choose a pair that’s guaranteed to flatter.

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Athletic
Opt For: Straight or Boyfriend Jeans
Play up your shape with a fitted pair. Or try a looser style to add curves. (You can rock both.)

Petite
Opt For: Skinny Jeans
Their leg-lengthening powers make you look supermodel tall. Plus, they’re easy to hem.

Curvy
Opt For: Flared or Boot-Cut Jeans
Hello, hourglass figure. Wider leg openings balance you and highlight your assets.

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March 31, 2015

For deodorant marks: You slip into that LBD and alas – there are white streaks all over it. Grab a hanger from the dry cleaners and rub the spot gently using its foam cover.

For cleaning denim: If you’re in the less-is-more camp when it comes to washing jeans, try steaming your skinnies and spritzing a fabric-refreshing spray to fight odor-causing bacteria.

For suede care: Before putting your suede shoes away after wear, use a horsehair brush to dust off accumulated dirt. Proactive cleaning will prevent trips to the cobbler later.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 22, 2014

For clean jewelry: Booze to clean your baubles? Yep, it works. For 14-karat gold, use a light- or amber-colored beer. For glass, crystal, and diamond, break out the vodka.

For scuffed leather: Your soft-skin secret is your bag’s secret, too. Buff face oil into leather scuffs, scratches, and slight discolorations – but make sure to spot test first.

For old denim: Breathe life into old jeans (or impulse-purchased blues) with a baroque pattern stencil and fabric paint. Here’s how.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 8, 2014

Jeans. You basically live in them. So it’s nothing sort of tragic when your go-to pair starts getting that telltale inner-thigh thinning (we’ve all been there) or starts to lose its perfectly broken-in shape or hue. But fear not. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that those days are far, far away.

Maintain Your Denim

  1. Don’t wash too much. Only launder your jeans when they’re stained or starting to sag.
  2. If you’re concerned about odor, hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower to freshen them up with damp steam. Or go ahead and freeze them in a plastic bag for a day or two.
  3. When you do have to subject your denim to the spin cycle, turn it inside out and use cold water to maintain the color. If it’s your first-ever wash, try vinegar instead of detergent. The acid helps set the hue.
  4. Keep machine drying to a minimum. Toss the jeans in for ten minutes on high, then hang them upside down to air-dry. Or, if you don’t have time to air-dry, choose the lowest possible heat setting.

 
Need a fresh pair of jeans? Our 7 For All Mankind Women and 7 For All Mankind Men Boutiques opened Wednesday, July 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2014

When it comes to style moves, Justin Timberlake has it down to a science. From tailored suits with patterned shirts to your not-so-average basic tees, there’s no denying he brought sexy back (to the style game, of course). But it’s his chill, laid-back vibe we love the most: relaxed jeans, casual kicks, and sleek shades.

Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake
To snag one of his signature looks, follow these simple steps:

  1. Skip the suit and tie for this one. Start with a pair of relaxed straight-leg jeans in a medium or dark wash.
  2. Casually layer on a loose-fitting graphic tee and button-front shirt. Undo the buttons, give the collar a little push, and wear it untucked. Loosely roll the sleeves up to your elbows to show off some arm candy.
  3. You can’t go wrong with stylish shades. And throw on a hat, like a newsboy cap or fedora.

 
All you need is JT’s confident smirk and you’re ready to go.

For extra inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Justin Timberlake’s Off-Duty Look Boutique. Opens Monday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

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June 29, 2014

Boot-cut jeans? They’re the old standby. But guys, the time has come for you to step into new denim territory. By which we mean narrow-leg jeans. (Don’t worry, we’re not trying to lure you into boy-band skinnies.) Here are some fit and style tips to set you off in the right direction.

Narrow-Leg Jeans for Men

Continue reading “Lose the Boot-Cuts: Go for Narrow-Leg Jeans Instead” »

January 5, 2014

The key to jeans that fit flawlessly? Knowing your measurements before you order online. Here, a guide to get you started – simply click on the image below to open and print.

Denim Size guide Continue reading “The Women’s Denim Guide: Find a Just-Right Fit” »

November 13, 2013

Refinery29 says it all: “When it comes to big fashion moments, there’s Before Skinny Jeans and After Skinny Jeans.”

10 Ways To Make Skinny Jeans Feel New

But while we’re (super) happy to be living in A.S.J. right now, we have to admit – our staple skinnies feel a smidge tired every once in a while.

To the rescue: ten new ways to wear them, straight from Refinery29.

1. Fold ‘Em Up — Buying your pants a few inches too long doesn’t have to mean a trip to the tailor. Roll them up, and wear your pair with a few chic layers and some killer heels. It’s an irreverent styling trick that makes an outfit feel undone in a good way.

2. Patches Make Perfect — Cover an old pair of jeans with a smattering of fun iron-ons, or buy a pair of pre-patched jeans like these from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Wear them with basics and sparse accessories.

3. Cut Copies — Clean, straight slits at the knees are a riff on all the distressed denim we’ve been seeing, but this trend is totally compelling in a perfectionist’s sort of way. Wear it with low-pro brogues and wild prints.

Read the source article at refinery29.com for seven more ways to make skinny jeans feel new.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 5, 2013

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Sorry, Lana Del Rey – there’s no summertime sadness here. After seeing what’s in store for fashion this fall, we’re more than ready for the change of seasons. So ready, in fact, that we’re already stocking up on four of this autumn’s must-have pieces.

1. The Essential Leather Jacket
Leather jackets have been around forever. But this season, you don’t have to go all rocker-chic to add one to your closet. (Especially with alternatives to the jet-black we’re used to seeing.) Warm and stylish, this addition can be paired with lace for a girly twist or even thrown over your favorite summer maxi. Talk about transitional fashion.

2. A Pair of High-Waisted Jeans
Still hesitant about the high-waisted denim trend? We promise – you won’t look like your mom (no offense, Ma). Simply put, these jeans elevate every look. And an added bonus: those summertime crop-tops don’t have to be packed away anymore.

3. Some Lug Soles
Groundbreaking. Earth-shattering. Well, not literally – we hope. But it is clunky-chic. Whether with a thick sole or a stacked heel, these boots are bound to make a statement. (Prada knows best, after all.)

4. One Cashmere Cape
Move over, Superman. If Valentino and Isabel Marant say so, then it must be true: the cape is making its triumphant return this season. And we’re not complaining. Pair it with those ankle boots and the high-waisted denim we mentioned earlier, and boom – outfit game-changer.

Our First Look: Pre-Fall Style for Women & Men Boutique opens Friday, August 2, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Editorial Intern

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August 2, 2013