What Are You (Really) Wearing? The Lowdown on Chambray

The fabric that looks like denim, feels like linen, and works with everything

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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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March 19, 2013