Chambray

by An Ordinary Man (the novel)

“She had obviously been doing some heavy-duty housework and looked a little cross. Her hair was tied back, but some tendrils had either missed being collected or escaped since then. Her shirt, a favorite chambray work shirt, was missing a few buttons and he knew it would display cleavage if she were to bend forward. She had gold stud earrings on as her only jewelry; even her rings were off….”

It’s hard to get a fix on where the word Chambray comes from with respect to being a type of shirt.  There’s apparently a commune in France, Cambrai, that is famed for cambric cloth but I thought that was finer.  And where do all the different spellings come from?  In any event, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a chambray shirt, worn well:

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