October 2, 2009  ·  style

Chambray Work Shirts

We've long admired the utilitarian beauty of the classic chambray work shirt, with its rich denim-like texture and asymmetrical pockets for your contractor's pencil and tobacco product of choice. The problem was the act of buying one and wearing it if your job doesn't involve getting your hands dirty—it seems stilted without crossing over to the ironic (see flannel lumberjack shirts on 90s grunge bands). But maybe now that people who actually work for a living no longer wear things like this, the throne of the chambray work shirt has been abdicated. This classic design is too nice to let slip into history. Shown: Klaxon Howl, one of the few good things about Toronto.

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