4/30/13

Denim vs. Chambray ...A fun little fashion vocab lesson.


So today I'm bringing you all a little fun life lesson.
Denim vs. Chambray.
Let's Party.

Ok, so maybe it's not that fun.  But seriously, it's something worth knowing. Seems simple enough to differentiate between denim and well, anything, but with all the cute little fashion forward chambray and denim tops and dresses available pretty much everywhere, it's worth knowing the difference.
Because if the whole denim vs. chambray topic doesn't sound super fun to you, knowing what you're talking about always is.

So differentiating between the two just by external look and feel can prove a bit tricky. Some people assume that any soft top that looks like this is "a chambray".

Not always.

Truth is, a chambray can be any color. They aren't just tops that look like denim.  Had to throw that in because I think that's where a lot of the confusion comes from.
That shirt dress is actually denim, by the way.

Anyway, a chambray is a plain weave fabric and denim is a twill woven fabric. If that still confuses you *cough* if you're like me *cough* and just want to see an easy way to tell them apart, here ya go.

Flip the fabric in question over and take a peek at the underside.


Diagonal weave= Denim
Criss-Cross weave= Chambray

Easy as pie right?
Why this is all so tricky is because in that photo above, you can tell just by looking at the underside that they are very different, while the top of the fabric looks (and feels) quite similar in this case. Denim isn't always super stiff while chambray is soft. In my example above, both fabrics are hard to differentiate just by touch. They're both super soft. But now you're in the know!

And no worries, this is just purely a little FYI post.

If you still use them interchangeably, the vocab and fashion police will not come knocking at your door.
I mean, I don't think they will.  If they do, I didn't send them.

They may however pay you a visit if you don't follow me on Instagram. Just sayin.

23 comments:

  1. This is a really helpful tip. Thank you!

    Brandy,
    http://basicallybrandy.blogspot.com/

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  2. I never knew there was a difference!

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  3. A good lesson! I didn't know the difference :-)

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  4. Great post! Thanks, Tiffany!
    - Danielle
    www.keenbeauty.com

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  5. Hey Tiffany,
    thanks for this post. I didn't know.
    Love

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  6. Great tip for all!

    http://kellysvida.blogspot.com

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  7. I had no idea!! I do love knowing what I am talking about :)

    http://bouncingbabs.blogspot.com/

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  8. That's a great lesson, Tiffany! I had to explain this to someone recently too. Education is great!

    <3 Carolyn

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  9. Good little fashion lesson!

    This reminds me of how many people call chinos "khakis," but khaki is just a color, not the actual weave or material. #funpartyfacts

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  10. This is great. I've actually always wondered about the difference. You look adorable in your outfit!

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  11. What a great tip!!
    kisses,
    http://therandommarmalade.com/

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  12. I actually didn't know this! Fun little fact :)

    -Bee

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  13. Great tip. Thanks for sharing. Never knew that difference :-)

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  14. This was such a good post-- I only knew this difference because I took a materials class while getting my interior design degree! Love the cute dress :)

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  15. This was really useful! I never knew that before :D
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  16. I knew there was a difference, but never had any idea how to tell. Thank you for this post! I am now intrigued and going to inspect every 'denbray' item in my closet.

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  17. Oh, great tip! I just love your blog :)

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  18. Love this kind of post! :) thank you for sharing :)

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  19. thanks for share..

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  20. This was really helpful as I was trying to answer a friend about this topic. Thanks.

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  21. I was going to blog about my outfit when I realized I wasn't sure if my shirt was denim or chambray. Your post definitely helps, as now I know my shirt was actually denim. Thank you so much for the info!

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  22. Oh yes and I put a link on my blog to this post, I hope that's alright with you? If my readers have the same 'denim vs chambray' debate in their head, you'll be here to help them!

    Thanks again Tiffany!

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  23. I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . definitely need a pair of Gipsy Dharma boots

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