The Patterned Chambray Spectrum

Styling Tip

Keep your shorts simple and in a solid color like these from J.Crew, Left Field and Club Monaco.

We're seeing patterns all over lately. Literally, shirts and pants are getting the printed treatment, but what's really been getting love from a lot of brands is the chambray shirt. The workwear workhorse is also ideal for warm summer temperatures, since the lightweight fabric will let you feel a cool breeze much more than a thick oxford. Besides, a printed chambray is the perfect item to punch up a solid summer wardrobe. Just don't overdo it, and let one pattern do all the talking. From polka dots, jacquard and bolder prints, we've rounded up a fews options at a variety of prices:

Land's End, $50 / $30

This combines the workwear-favorite hickory stripes with preppy details like a button-down collar.

Rogue Territory, $115

Made from a 4 oz jacquard in Los Angeles, it fits slim and features a pronounced button placket.

Wallace & Barnes, $128

A classic sport shirt with an all-over polka dot print made from Japanese chambray and patch pockets.


Topman, $64

Go bold in this Aztec pattern, crafted from 100% cotton in a classic fit with double patch pockets.

Fischer, $150 / $120

This is more than meets the eye. A closer look at the fabric reveals multicolor flecks, resulting in a subtle, slubby speckled look.

Gitman Bros. Vintage, $260

This soft mash-up combines five colors of Hill-Side ties in one slim-fitting Gitman Bros. vintage shirt.


Published on

July 24, 2012

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