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a history of chambray

history, styleAnna KellerComment

Chambray button-downs fall under the same category as striped tees and grey sweatshirts in my closet: types of shirts you can never have too many of. While my boyfriend tries to embarrass me over my large collection of seemingly similar tops, I know that each one is unique and has its own purpose in forming my outfit for the day. However, I did not know the cultural and historical significance and evolution of this comfortable closet mainstay, and I found this New York Times Magazine piece asking, "Is the Blue-Collar Shirt Still Blue Collar?" very interesting, and I think you will, too.