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How to wear chambray in colder weather

How to wear chambray in colder weather

Chambray is a celebrated fabric when it comes to warm-weather dressing, but styled with the right layers, it can stay on top of your wardrobe rotation all year round. And lest you have your doubts, just look to Razka, co-founder of denim brand Esre, for proof. That’s exactly what we did when he  turned up to our recent  photoshoot confidently sporting a chambray overshirt (from his own brand, we might add) in autumn. Needless to say, we couldn’t resist incorporating the shirt in the looks. Read on as we break down just why the traditionally summer fabric works just as well when the weather turns.

But first, what is chambray?

Chambray is a fine yet dense natural fabric made from linen or cotton. It’s very similar to denim but it’s woven, making it much lighter and more breathable, which is why it’s often seen as a summer-exclusive fabric. 

Though it has a slightly preppy feel which suits warm-weather outfits, chambray is easy to dress up or down, and goes with just about anything from stone chinos to cargo pants, which is why we think it deserves the spotlight, whatever the weather.

Why it works for colder weather

Denim is a year-round favourite – and nobody is coming for its crown – but that doesn’t mean chambray pieces should be relegated to the back of your wardrobe in favour of thicker fabrics as soon as the colder weather hits. The cotton composition of chambray means that with some easy layering, it’s an obvious year-round contender.

Think of chambray the way you would a classic Oxford or check shirt – it might not seem like the cosiest fabric, but when styled thoughtfully,  they transcend seasons. What’s more, wearing your clothing year-round rather than sectioning off pieces for specific seasons is one of the best ways to dress sustainably and make the most out of the items you own.

How to wear it

Rather than considering chambray as an alternative to denim, instead try pairing them together as complementary textures. Chambray lends itself perfectly to mid-layers, making it great for wearing under a contrasting jacket and over a plain tee. It’s lighter and easier to move in than denim, and less stuffy than an Oxford shirt, so if you’re looking for a smarter take, layer a chambray shirt over a knitted rollneck with smart trousers.

Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing