How to Wear a Chambray Shirt

Chambray shirts are a versatile and stylish staple in any workwear uniform, especially in the hospitality industry.

Stock, a Chicago-based workwear uniform provider, offers a range of chambray shirts that cater to various roles and styles within the hospitality sector. We'll discuss how to wear a chambray shirt, focusing on its application in hospitality uniforms.

What is a Chambray Shirt?

A chambray shirt is a versatile and stylish garment made from a lightweight fabric called chambray. This fabric is woven using colored yarn for the warp (vertical threads) and white yarn for the weft (horizontal threads), creating a unique texture that resembles denim but is much lighter and softer. 

Chambray shirts are known for their comfort and breathability making them an excellent choice for various occasions and seasons.

Available in a range of colors, with blue being the most classic option, chambray shirts feature a simple design with a button-front closure, collar, and long sleeves that can be rolled up for a more relaxed look. Chambray's durability is also a plus for formal wear. It withstands frequent washing and daily wear without losing its appeal, essential for keeping up appearances in professional settings.

Formal vs Informal Looks

In the hospitality industry, chambray shirts can be styled for both formal and informal roles. The key lies in choosing the right fit, color, and styling elements.

Managers - Formal Look

For a more formal setting like management  opt for a long sleeve chambray shirt, tucked in. A well-fitted chambray, like the Blue Stretch Service Chambray (also available in women's size), ensures ease of movement while maintaining a sharp look. 

Additional tips for formal roles:

  • Opt for a crisp light blue chambray shirt for a classic and professional appearance
  • Ensure the shirt is well-pressed and free of wrinkles to maintain a polished look
  • Choose a slim or tailored fit to create a streamlined silhouette
  • Consider layering with a blazer or suit jacket in a coordinating color for a more formal ensemble
  • Pay attention to grooming, ensuring hair is neat and facial hair is well-maintained to complete the professional appearance

Baristas and Servers: Informal Looks

In casual roles like those for baristas and servers, opt for lighter chambray shirts that provide comfort and a polished look without being overly formal. The Short Sleeve Blue Chambray (also available in women's size) is a great example; its lighter color and relaxed fit suit the dynamic nature of cafe settings, for example.

Additional tips for informal looks:

  • Choose a chambray shirt in a light to medium wash for a more casual appearance
  • Roll up the sleeves or opt for short sleeve to create a relaxed and approachable look
  • Pair the chambray shirt with chinos for a balanced outfit
  • Consider adding a denim or canvas apron to protect your clothing and provide additional storage for work essentials

Gender Neutral Looks

Chambray shirts are highly adaptable and can be styled for both men and women. Opt for a relaxed-fit shirt and pair it with straight-leg trousers or jeans. Roll up the sleeves and accessorize with a minimalist watch or a pair of sneakers for a modern, casual vibe.

Additional tips:

What to Wear with a Chambray Shirt

When it comes to bottoms, chambray shirts pair well with a variety of options:

  • Pair your chambray shirt with dark-wash jeans for a classic, timeless look. This combination works well for both casual and semi-formal settings.
  • For a more polished appearance, opt for chinos or khakis. These bottoms add a touch of sophistication to the chambray shirt, making it suitable for more formal roles.
  • When dressing for a formal setting, such as a high-end restaurant or a managerial role, pair the chambray shirt with tailored trousers. 

Accessorize your chambray shirt:

  • A leather belt is a classic accessory. Choose a belt that complements the color of the bottoms and the overall style of your staff's outfit. A dark brown or black leather belt is a versatile choice that works well with most chambray shirt and bottom combinations.
  • A minimalist watch can add a touch of sophistication, especially for your managers or sommeliers. Choose a watch with a simple, clean design and a leather or metal strap that complements the uniform. A silver or gold watch can dress up the look, while a leather-strapped watch can add a more casual vibe.
  • For women in your staff, accessorizing with a delicate necklace can add a feminine touch.


  • Chambray shirts are versatile and stylish workwear uniforms, especially in the hospitality industry
  • Choose long sleeves and a tailored fit for formal roles, short sleeves and a relaxed fit for informal positions
  • Pair chambray shirts with jeans, chinos or trousers. 
  • Accessorize with belts, watches or  necklaces

Stock offers a range of high-quality chambray shirts suitable for various roles within the hospitality industry. By following these guidelines on how to wear a chambray shirt, you can create a professional, comfortable, and stylish uniform look that reflects your hospitality brand.