One area that I haven’t burned a lot of calories is in Chambray. I actually really like the fabric. It’s very versatile, and has a vintage Ralph Lauren feel to it when done right. I’ve tried a few shirts here and there, but honestly, I haven’t found the right one. And it’s not for a lack of trying. I’ve searched high and wide. Nothing. They are either too rugged, or too Structure.
My idea of the right Chambray shirt is that it’s basically a dress shirt that’s been washed. Unlined collar and cuffs, a good, medium blue, high quality buttons, and most importantly: the fit. Given all this, I knew it would be tough to get one made, as I would have to wash it 100 times to get the worn-in look I want. I don’t want an off-the-rack look.
I plan on wearing this in a business casual to business professional environment, so this is going to get paired with anything from tan/green 5-pockets to brown/light grey trousers. This will get a lot of work with tan and cream jeans. Under a blazer or alone with the sleeves rolled up. I look at it as a very versatile piece in my rotation.
After thinking about it, I decided it was worth the investment to pull the trigger on a nice one. I went to see what they had in stock at Miller Brothers, and found a winner. Robby is the Chambray expert. Rumor has it that he owns 300+ chambray shirts… I told him what I was looking for, and he walked me right over to this Eton. Perfection.
It has everything I was looking for. The price tag was a little steep (a little over two bills), but considering how much I plan on wearing it, it’s worth it. I’ve run it through the wash a few times, and am going to have to get the sleeves taken up an inch, but I can’t wait to get some road wear on this bad boy. Very happy. More images:
Are you a Chambray guy?
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