Every New York Fashion Week has its trends like how plenty of peplum, pastels and printed dresses frequented last year’s NYFW, this year’s was abundant with bare midriffs, mismatched patterns and head-to-toe white — but only for women.
For men, fashion week seems to take a different approach. While women’s fashion tends to sit in the gray area between clothing and art, the featured pieces for menswear often focus on being fresh and well-fitted. Designers look to uphold simple basics like white T-shirts and classic cuts like windowpane suits, generally avoiding weird silhouettes that might distort the male figure.
With that consideration, it is no wonder that one of the biggest changes from year to year in menswear is what kind of fabric or textile dominates the industry. Some years it’s tweed or corduroy, but this year — you guessed it — it’s chambray. Indeed, one of the most wearable trends this season for both men and women alike will be chambray, a woven fabric that many perceive to be a lighter denim (although the manufacturing processes are completely different). Featured in Donna Karan’s and also in J.Crew’s spring collection at NYFW, chambray’s presence down the runways simply just attests to its already strong domination of street style.
Outside of a ubiquitous chambray shirt that every Fashionisto has in his closet, how else can this light fabric be incorporated into outfits? Before the full effects of fall and cold weather hit your campus, I would draw some inspiration from this Fashionisto who rocks a pair of chambray shorts. Just like khaki shorts or jeans, they go with anything, from a bold print to a simple black button-down shirt, and can easily become a staple in your closet.
Hint: Chambray is totally in. While a chambray shirt is the go-to piece for most Fashionistos, maybe try and embrace the textile as a pair of shorts or long-sleeved button-down.