Fred Perry Chambray shirt £60
There are many things in life that I can’t quite make my mind up about. For example The Horrors are they an innovative exciting band or just rehashing old Kraut Rock riffs with the odd 80s power pop interlude. And Lime Pickle. Is it the culinary equivalent of bungee jumping or the only real accompaniment for a poppadom. I don’t really know. I change my mind on these issues on almost daily basis.
As I do with Chambray shirts. They really are everywhere at the moment and according to some fashion writers you really don’t have a wardrobe unless you are out and about with pastel one with all the buttons done up and the sleeves rolled as high as they can go.
Yet do you really need one? I can’t help but thinking that the case against them is pretty overwhelming, as whisper it, they are a tad boring.
For most blokes there precious few opportunities to express our inner dandy, especially without looking like a bit of a pratt. One of the most obvious ways is a bit of a patterns on your shirt but it Gingham, Stripey or even, on a very good day paisley. It makes you out as individual and someone who at least put a bit of thought in what they are wearing. This is especially true when you are wearing casual clothes.
As for Chambray shirts, well they mainly come in plain very dull looking pastel colours, They don’t say much about you at all. In fact if they say anything it is that you are trying just a little too hard. Not a lot of individuality going on there. They are the current equivalent of those big baggy brightly coloured shirts that everyone was wearing untucked in the 90s.
Then again I can’t deny that on some people they do actually look rather good. Every year there’s a hipster trend that hits the mainstream (toffee coloured trousers are this season’s other contenders). It is a shame that this year it is such a dull one.
Anyhow here’s a selection of Chambray shirts including a few that sport a bit of a twist.
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