As beautiful as New Jersey summers can be my appreciation for warm weather fabrics didn't really grow until I starting living in the south. Attending tailgates with dudes kitted out in seersucker and madras felt like some weird social experiment at first, but as I took in the functionality and then the form it all kind of clicked. It was around this time that chambray entered my own personal lexicon as well. While chambray never caught fire in my neck of the woods, I think I was the only guy with anything chambray in college ("Dude, are you seriously wearing a jean shirt?"), I did learn to truly appreciate everything it had to offer.
I've never really been on the lookout for any type of chambray bottom, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the idea - it's breathable, classic and has a distinct look/feel to it. When actually shopping for chambray shorts you're more than likely to run across a variety of women's options with not much on tap for the gents. After some admittedly minimal research I did stumble upon a nice pair courtesy of Lands End Canvas for $34.50. As with most of the LEC offerings, it's good looking and cheap. Having a chambray workshirt from the brand I can speak to the quality of the fabric though their chambray is much softer (washed) than what you would normally expect. Imagine these cuffed with some Vans Authentics and a white tee - bam, weekend kit on smash. I guess it also comes down to my enjoyment of reversing fabrics meaning wearing something normally reserved for the top on the bottom or vice versa (i.e. khaki/denim shirts, chambray/gingham shorts). Anyway, with all the talk revolving around L.L. Bean Signature, talk that is much deserved, it feels good to give Lands End Canvas a little shine.