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A Man’s Guide to the Oxford Shirt

Three items of clothing are considered to be the classic staples of men’s style: white tees, denim jeans and denim shirts. . .

The Oxford-cloth Button-Down Shirt (also known as the OCBD)

Brooks Brothers introduced the Oxford shirt in 1896 in the United States. It was inspired by British polo players of the 19th century who buttoned their collars to prevent the fabric from flapping in their faces.

Since then, OCBDs have been a staple of the masculine wardrobe. They are simple and handsome.

Oxford shirts are comfortable, versatile and easy to wear. They can be worn all year round and anywhere. It’s easy to dress better with Oxford shirts. They could become a part of your uniform.

Today we will show you how to wear an Oxford shirt with style, whether you have one or not.

What is an Oxford Shirt?

Oxford shirts for men are a style of dress shirt.

Dress shirts have a collar and cuffs. They also feature a buttoned-up opening that is full length at the front.

Dress shirts are divided into two types: “button ups” and “button downs”. You can button the plackets on both. On a button-up shirt, the collar does not have any embellishments and is detached from the shirt. However, on a “button-down” shirt, the collar has a single button at the end that can be attached to the front.

Oxford cloth is used to make the Oxford shirt. Oxford cloth is woven with a basket weave pattern and has a unique appearance and feel. It’s also heavier and coarser than the smoother, lighter fabric that’s used for more formal dress shirts. Oxford-cloth button down shirts are also distinguished by their soft, unlined collars and cuffs. They usually have a chest-pocket.

What to Look for When Choosing an Oxford

Fabric. While many Oxford shirts today are poly/cotton blended, a classic OCBD will be 100% cotton. A pure cotton Oxford shirt will feel and look better.

It is okay to leave a 100% cotton Oxford shirt rumpled. It’s possible to remove it quickly after a tumble in the dryer. If you want a more casual look, don’t even iron it.

These “non iron” Oxfords are made from 100% cotton and are soaked with formaldehyde in the manufacturing process. This permanently alters fabric to make it wrinkle resistant. The shirts are easier to maintain, but they’re less durable, soft and breathable.

Color. White and light blue are the most classic colors for the OCBD. They also come in many pastel shades. You can start your collection by buying white and blue and then expand it to include, for example, a pastel pink (yes, pink is possible).

Length. Oxford shirts are worn both tucked and untucked. If you plan to do both, ensure that the shirt is long-enough to remain tucked but not too long so it looks sloppy untucked.

Fit. Oxfords are available in regular or slim fit. It’s up to you which one you prefer. An OCBD should not feel tight and be more roomy than a formal shirt. A button-up is meant to be worn underneath other clothing (like a jacket); a Button-Down can be worn beneath other garments, but it is also intended to stand alone.

What to Wear

The Oxford shirt is a button-down shirt that’s more casual. Its thicker and rougher fabric makes it even more casual. The structured dress shirt style makes it a versatile item of clothing. It can be dressed up or down and worn in a more formal setting.

It’s important to note that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to these categories. For example, an Oxford shirt with tailored chinos, dressier shoes, or a more casual khakis-and-chukkas outfit can be considered business casual. Swap the chukkas out for athletic sneakers and you’re in plain casual. If you’re styling something very formal, it can be difficult to know where to start.

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