cham·​bray | \ˈsham-ˌbrā, -brē\

Definition of chambray 

: a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns

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Here’s a look at the finer features of four chambray shirts both laid back and luxe. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Chambray Shirt: Why Every Man Needs This All-American Staple," 3 July 2018 After the war, Port’s father started selling chambray work shirts. Logan Jenkins,, "French school named for North County D-Day veteran," 4 June 2018 The Tie Bar sells $55 non-iron shirts now, too, in solids, ginghams, checks, and chambrays. Kara Baskin,, "Pants that won’t upstage your neckwear from the Tie Bar," 5 Apr. 2018 Leto paired the tweed-and-denim bottoms with a white T-shirt (turned inside out) and a chambray shirt, finishing off the southwestern aesthetic with a pair of sandy-hued Chanel cowboy boots. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jared Leto Steps Out in Chanel," 8 July 2014 Just like the rest of the couple's 1925 Craftsman-style house, the nursery is tasteful and timeless, with dark teal paint, floral curtains and prints, and a comfy chambray and oak wingback glider (click through for more photos). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See Inside the Beautiful Nursery Erin and Ben Napier Designed for Their Baby Girl," 14 Mar. 2018 Reinhart paired her black leather jacket with jeans, a long, grey scarf and black sunglasses while Sprouse wore a tan jacket, chambray shirt and grey pants with a red beanie. Natalie Stone,, "Riverdale Stars (and Rumored Couple!) Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart Return from Hawaii Vacation," 8 Jan. 2018 That little printed tape on the sides of the seat cushions is really lovely, boxed in by raffia welting with a soft chambray top. Doretta Sperduto, House Beautiful, "Architectural Details and Charming Florals Upgrade a New England Home," 30 Oct. 2017 The common thread between each look was a jacket (or in Kravitz’s case, a vest), which made the combination feel infinitely cooler than the standard chambray shirt. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, and Zoë Kravitz Have 3 Different Takes on Double Denim," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chambray

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chambray

irregular from Cambrai, France

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