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Style Shots—Beau & Co. Chambray Pt IV
Photography by: Swabreen Bakr
Alas the final look in our chambray series is here; we’ve been tracking how to wear this versatile shirt from Summer to Fall with Michael Beaumont, one of our featured Philadelphia Creatives, and the tailor behind some of these exceptional menswear garments. Make sure to check out his bespoke menswear shop Beau & Co.
October is here, the leaves are starting to change and we’ve all begun to layer up a bit more; Michael breaks down this look as follows,
The final look of this mini-series is for a particularly cold, but dry Fall day. We used the same chambray shirt, chino and merino wool knit combination, but added one of our wool and cashmere blazers. This jacket is perfect for the Fall season, it’s a heavier weigh of cloth and has a full canvas for extra shape, and adds a little extra warmth through the body. We finished off the look with a cream scarf and a pair of thicker soled, dark brown leather shoes, which will do a better job of keeping the feet warm than the leather soled shoes from the early Fall outfit.
Again, a nice versatile outfit that would be great for a night out or for a day in the office, but do make sure you bring an umbrella when leaving the house with a blazer of this nature on, rain certainly isn’t a good friend of this cloth.
Style Shots—Beau & Co. Pre-Fall. Chambray Pt. II
Photography & Words by: Swabreen Bakr
Michael Beaumont says,
The first look is for those hot summer days, spent relaxing in the city with friends, or even at the beach. We paired the chambray shirt with a pair of unlined cotton shorts, reminiscent of the traditional khaki and finished the outfit off with a pair of blue suede loafers and a matching cotton belt. It’s an easy look to dress up or down, just by rolling up the sleeves and tucking in the shirt, you can go from a relaxed coffee shop outfit, to a night at the bar.
The second look is for those late August days when the sun starts waning sooner and early September nights out that call for a jacket to hold off a crisp Fall chill.
Again using the chambray shirt as the base, we opted for a medium weight faille/bengaline short, in navy, paired with cream full canvas blazer and matching tasseled loafers. Another very versatile outfit that dressy enough to get you into a bar or restaurant at dinner, but also casual enough for wearing throughout the day. The weight of the fabrics used are prefect for that time of year, all are thin, but work really well to trap in a little warmth when layered together.
Style Shots—Beau & Co. Chambray Pt. I
Photography & Words by: Swabreen Bakr
Chambray has really taken off this summer, this soft lightweight fabric was first designed in France some 400 years ago in the town of Cambrai. The way the threads are woven distinguishes it from denim. It was adopted by blue collar workers and the Navy in the early 1900s; super stars like Marlon Brandon and Steve McQueen also helped popularized the garment.
Tailor Michael Beaumont of Beau & Co. says,
A chambray shirt is definitely a nice versatile cloth to have in your closet. It’s strong, but has with a smooth, soft surface, making it durable yet extremely comfortable to wear. The cloth, depending on how it’s treated when being woven, can also handle wrinkles well and though it will show creases after a day of wear, the casual nature of the coloring means it’s much easier to pull off when creased, than say a more formal shirt like a cotton oxford (which should always be sharply pressed). Color wise, chambray shirts are typically a dark or medium blue, both of which are incredibly versatile and will work with most other colors in your wardrobe.
Photographed here is Beau & Co.’s take on the chambray shirt, a modern and paired down version with a larger collar than seen on traditional chambray shirts. There are contrast colors on the inside of the collar band and sleeve cuffs. The white top stitching remains and is paired with a pale blue thread inside the buttons for a little extra contrast. The front placket underneath the shirt buttons has also been replaced by the much cleaner, pressed back front, again for the purpose of modernizing. The overall shirt is reminiscent of the classic chambray, but has been brought nicely up to date with these subtle additions.
URBSVOX has teamed up with one of our featured Philadelphia Creatives, Beau & Co. to show you how to wear chambray as a transition piece throughout the rest Summer and into early Fall.
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