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Enduring Classic

The Chambray Shirt

The chambray shirt reemerged a few years ago during the workwear craze, reminding everyone that the pale blue cotton shirt is as timelessly American as, well, Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. This version by Ralph Lauren's rugged RRL line is the perfect example. Rendered in Japanese indigo-dyed chambray, it's finished with authentic fisheye buttons and triple-needle chain stitching for ultimate durability. But these days, chambray isn't just for work shirts. A handful of brands are interpreting this old school material into styles favored by today's men (think spread collars and polka dots). Which makes sense. Chambray is a year-round fabric that can take a beating and still look great in nearly any situation. It's hard not to appreciate such an egalitarian shirt that can be worn to work with a tie, under a sweater on a date or over a T-shirt on the weekend.

RRL, $195


Crafted from a featherweight chambray with reinforced sleeves, a button chest pocket and vintage details like a back button on the collar.

Lands' End Canvas, $49


Japanese cotton chambray cut in a slim fit with a polka dot pattern woven into the fabric that gives the shirt a unique texture.

J.Crew, $150

    What exactly is chambray?
    A hardy fabric consisting of warp (up and down) threads in one color, often indigo, and a white weft (left to right) thread.
Spread Collar

A classic chambray fabric cut into a modern dress shirt with a tapered fit, high arm holes and a narrow spread collar—ideal under a jacket.

J. Press York St., $145