Okay, y'all, I'm seeing something that I don't like out there, and I need to know if I'm being weird and crazy about it. It's the resurgence of chambray, folks. Work with me here.
I may be a total hypocrite, since I love jeans and wear them all the time, and isn't a chambray shirt like jeans for your upper half? It seems like it should be, so why don't I like it? I mean, I am actually considering buying a denim jacket for the first time since 1996. Why am I so conflicted about a shirt-like version?
It could be one of a few things.
- I often see chambray shirts worn with patterned jeans, and I just really can't get behind patterned jeans. The combination of a chambray shirt plus floral jeans is probably one of my LEAST favorite outfits. Seriously, Vogue, you're punking us, right?
I'm sorry, Rihanna. I think you're great, but please pack your jeans and go.
- Just to see how I would feel about it, I tried on a chambray shirt in the wild, also known as the J. Crew dressing room. I felt vaguely... prison-matronly. Now, I'm not saying YOU look like a prison matron in YOUR chambray shirt, but I felt drab and washed out and not stylish in it.
- I would be concerned that I am reverting to 90s fashion. I remember very well putting on my chambray shirt, chino shorts and Jack Purcells and walking across campus to the dining commons. It just feels like backward progress.
Anyway, I feel confused. I WANT to like the chambray shirt, but I just haven't been able to. However, I am often guilty of over-thinking things from time to time (you're shocked by this revelation, I know). So help me: do you like chambray? And if so, how do you wear it?
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