What is Chambray?

8 of the coolest menswear picks in stores now

What’s the difference between chambray and denim?  

Chambray is a plain weave fabric that’s usually softer and lighter weight than denim. Flip a chambray shirt over and you’ll see a criss-cross weave pattern in a similar color to the front side. Denim, on the other hand, is made with a diagonal weave and the fabric on the inside appears as lighter color than the front.

Chambray tops are a perfect spring/summer wardrobe addition, especially as the weather goes from cool to sweltering hot. Add small accents to a dapper suit such as chambray ties or bowties in many colors other than blue.

Here’s 8 of Wantering’s top chambray picks to consider.

1940s Chambray Shirt

Chimala chambray short

Malpensa Chambray Pants

Band-Collar Chambray Shirt

Tailored Chambray Blazer

Retreat chambray backpack

Chambray Tie

Lacoste Marice Lace Up Chambray Sneakers

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Chambray Shirts & Ties

4 ways to wear chambray shirts with ties

Reinvent the way you wear your favorite go-tos this season. Take your favorite chambray button-up, typically worn in a casual manner, and dress it up with a tie. Layer the duo under a collarless blazer, leather jacket, wool bomber or pullover sweater for a perfect head-to-toe look. See four complete chambray shirt and tie outfits below and update your wardrobe today!

Look 1

For ultimate hipster style, dare to be different in an ASOS chambray shirt paired with a silk knit tie, Kill City collarless blazer, white Bullhead denim joggers and Maison Kistune sneakers. 

ASOS Chambray Shirt In Long Sleeve With 2 Pockets

Silk Knit Tie

Kill City Crepe Collarless Blazer

Dillon Skinny Jogger Pants


Look 2

Calling all East Coasters: this is the outfit for you. Get the classic preppy look wearing this polka dot chambray button-down, striped J.Crew tie, A.P.C. wool bomber jacket, Levi’s chinos and Vince blue suede boots. 

Oliver Spencer Button Down Chambray Print Shirt

English silk tweed tie in thin stripe

Waffle-Knit Wool-Blend Bomber Jacket

Levi’s Chino Jogger Pants, True Chino

Vince Blake Sport Suede Boot, Coastal

See Looks #3 and #4, and read the full article here