I’d go as far as to say that the chambray shirt is one of the most timeless items of clothing of all… time. They’ll never not look good.
I wear chambray shirts all year round, and I don’t even work on a chain gang. They fare perfectly without a jacket on fair spring and summer days, and they look equally good under three or four layers for the other nine months of the year. It’s a wardrobe staple.
Another thing I like about them is how they help you suss people out: if someone makes a “double denim” remark when you wear a chambray shirt with jeans, that’s when you know they’re not to be entirely trusted. The inability to distinguish between chambray and denim. Could you imagine?
This Work Shirt by Ralph Lauren looks like it was designed under the strict supervision of Cool Hand Luke.
The fabric is particularly robust and not as light as most of the chambray shirts you encounter. That said, you needn’t worry about sweating buckets in it, due to its cutting-edge anti-B.O. technology (i.e. there are some nice little vents right under the armpits).
Its buttons are a tasteful off-white colour (apart from the bottom navy one) and there are two breast pockets that you’ll probably never use. That’s pretty much it – there’s not even a little horsey on it. But that’s cool.
If you want one, you should probably smash a parking meter to bits and then leg it over to Oi Polloi with all of your new spends.