Chambray: Forever Cool


Here at Madewell, we consider chambray a true wardrobe essential—which is why we love this little bit of fashion trivia: the lightweight, plain-weave cotton fabric originated in Cambrai, France, possibly as early as the 14th century. It was then put into rotation for naval uniforms and workwear in the early 20th century and became a go-to casual staple for some of our favorite stylish celebs. For more great moments in chambray’s history—and major style inspiration—click on over to our denim-inspired Pinterest board.