With roots in American history, the versatile chambray shirt is modernized in fresh colors
Recognized for its faded hues and workwear simplicity, the chambray shirt has long conjured up images of classic Americana central to Ralph Lauren’s aesthetic. Revered for its lightweight but durable weave—traditionally in a soft blue color—chambray became the fabric staple for the American workingman’s shirt in the early 20th century.
(Left) American actor Steve McQueen in 1970 (photo by Terry O’Neill/Getty Images); (right) actor Paul Newman on set for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969 (photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
This season, the shirt is updated in a range of colors, making it an integral part of your wardrobe. Whether dressed up with a sport coat and tie or dressed down with other denim pieces, the chambray shirt is crafted from a featherweight fabric that makes it an essential layering piece. With such versatility, there is no question that it has rightfully earned its widespread appeal.